Google’s new Wikipedia, Squidoo, Answers, About.com-style site “Knol” was introduced last night (and soon may be accompanied by the return of Google Answers as Google Q&A). Here’s Danny Sullivan’s lengthy write up of Knol.
Eventually, if it takes off, local content or “expert” content with local implications will certainly make it in there and you could expect that to become part of search/universal search results. (As an aside, what’s also interesting about this is how far Google has come into the world of user-generated content and social media.)
There’s lots of debate going on about whether Google has “gone too far” and is trying to “own everything.”
What do you think?
Does this somehow represent a transgression of some boundary that Google is supposed to observe? Will it succeed? Will it fall short? (Remember, many of Google’s products are not successful — the old Answers was shuttered amid stronger competition from Yahoo!) Should Google exercise “self restraint,” pursuing some projects and not others, for the benefit of their partners or the Internet as a whole?