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you can't blame the search engine companies for trying to make money with their own site, of course, but i was wondering if there was an opening for the search-engine equivalent of wikipedia.
wikipedia is basically maintained by its users, for their own free use. and all they ask for is donations.
firefox is sort of the same -- an ad-free and cost-free piece of kit that we all find useful.
could someone create a search engine like that? a community-based one? i suppose it could start out ranking sites the same way that all the other engines do, and then maybe allow its users to vote somehow on which sites deserve their place.
i know that there would be difficult problems to overcome, in that people could easily figure out how to rank. but do you think that it's feasible?
[edited by: londrum at 4:03 pm (utc) on Nov. 25, 2009]
What many do not get is Google will continue to increase the number of it's own properties i.e. travel hubs, Youtube, Comparison Shopping, Google Maps and possibly if and when Google wave takes off may be included and then you have more and more Adwords Adds will be included to keep the Stock Holders Happy
It might be worth reading. Search engines fail not because they are worse than others. They fail, typically, because their operators do not understand the business of Search.