Great thing that Google has come up with the Knols Project. (I think it’s pronounced “nol’s project” right?) It’s totally like the Million Dollar Wiki concept except they have more money and power to get “authoratative” writers on their content.
How is it like a paid wiki?
Well, Google offer revenue sharing as stated in their blog:
At the discretion of the author, a knol may include ads. If an author chooses to include ads, Google will provide the author with substantial revenue share from the proceeds of those ads.
Wow, that IS a paid wiki, just like the QuarterWiki and the One Buck Wiki. The only difference is that you don’t have to pay for pages in the beginning. I believe this is due to Google’s enourmous status as an Internet Giant with billions of dollars to spend on moderators, developers, and what not. We wish we could too but no we have to charge a small fee for each page.
Plus, there’s “one author” per page, just like the paid wikis. Google might have ripped off those ideas…
Regardless, this is a definite sign that Wikis are going to start taking over the world. (and Google will try to take over the world, literally…)
We encourage you to try out the new Knols Project if you do get an invitation and when they launch, we strongly suggest you take advantage of Google’s offer of revenue sharing.
(In case you can’t get an invitation and while you wait, you can take advantage of 100% revenue stream on the QuarterWiki, One Buck Wiki, or the Five Dollar Wiki.)