I really wanted to like Wikia, I really wanted to believe it would get us to better search, but after the release of the non release today, I have serious doubts it can. Today Wikia
any feature of those announced. Some would argue that when Wikipedia came out it was empty, yes, but you could write on it! Right now you can't do anything in Wikia besides fill out a profile and search. But more importantly, Wikia is not an empty slate, it start with an algorithmic search. It has to, otherwise it would be a mess. Problem is, it should start either with Google or with an amalgam of different search engines, instead it start with a bad slate, a broken one at that. As with Mahalo
it fails to provide something to work with. You put in a proper name and instead of getting a Wikipedia biography or the person blog you get something else, sometimes the persons flikr page! The main thing is, we are not looking for a new search engine, hence to have a chance a new search engine has to be useful, I do not believe Wikia will get there. I hope they prove me wrong.