Hot on the heels of Google’s announcement of Knol, Wikipedia founder Jim Wales announced a January 7, 2008 launch date for Wikia Search, a search engine project that will rely on community members to filter, rank, and tag search results.
Basically, Wales hopes Wikia Search will grow to eventually challenge established search giants like Google and Yahoo! by offering internet users a service that is more transparent. While Google and Yahoo! and other search engines rely on top-secret algorithms and ‘bots to catalog the untamed wilderness that is the Internet, Wikia Search will clearly show users the methods by which search results have generated.