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Google opens its knowledge sharing site Knol for all

Google has opened Knol, a website that allows people to write about their areas of expertise under their bylines, for all. Knol, which stands for a unit of knowledge, was launched in December 2007 and had been limited to an invitation-only audience of contributors for the past seven months.

Google has opened Knol, a website that allows people to write about their areas of expertise under their bylines, for all. Knol, which stands for a unit of knowledge, was launched in December 2007 and had been limited to an invitation-only audience of contributors for the past seven months.

“The web contains vast amounts of information, but not everything worth knowing is on the web. An enormous amount of information resides in people’s heads: millions of people know useful things and billions more could benefit from that knowledge. Knol will encourage these people to contribute their knowledge online and make it accessible to everyone,” Google Blog reads.

In contrast to Wikipedia‘s subject entries, Knol focuses on individual authors or groups of authors and does not allow visitors to edit or contribute to a knol unless they have the author’s permission. Also, unlike Wikipedia, Google will allow Knol writers to run ads on their entries and will share income with them. [Source: Economic Times]

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