The founder of the vastly popular Web encyclopedia Wikipedia is planning on developing Wikiasari, an Internet search engine which will compete with Yahoo and Google. In an interview with The Times of London, Jimmy Wales mentioned that his web site search engine will utilize the same user-based technology that Wikipedia uses.
Feeling that Google's computer-based algorithmic searches can be sometimes easily manipulated, Wikiasari hopes that user-based human judgment will be significantly better. Because spammers and commercial ventures are learning and adapting to be able to manipulate Google's search methods, Wikiasari may have a viable alternative search method.
In the same interview with The Times of London, Wales said: "Google is very good at many types of search, but in many instances it produces nothing but spam and useless crap. Try searching for the term 'Tampa hotels', for example, and you will not get any useful results."
Wales has said that he understands that trying to compete and catch up to major search engine competitors will be a daunting task. A provisional launch is planned for the first quarter of 2007, according to Wales.
Contrary to what was reported in The Times, the Wikiasari project is not partnered with Amazon.com. Wikia, another project with Wales at the helm, has received project funding from Amazon.com. Wales has issued a statement on the Wikia main page.