Google Makes Knol Publically Available

Jul 25, 2008

Google announced that it is making its Knol, a Wikipedia-like content site, publically available. Knol is a free service from Google that "allows you to communicate, collaborate, and share your knowledge with the world." The key principle behind Knol is authorship. Every "knol" (article) will have an author (or group of authors) who put their name behind their content. Google is also introducing a new method for authors to work together called "moderated collaboration." With this feature, any reader can make suggested edits to a knol which the author may then choose to accept, reject, or modify before these contributions become visible to the public. People can also submit comments, rate, or write a review of a knol. At the discretion of the author, a knol may include ads from our AdSense program. If an author chooses to include ads, Google will provide the author with a revenue share from the proceeds of those ad placements