Knol; Google has to be kidding
Learning from History?
When I heard that Google was going to cut into the online publishing market I had what might be called a 'vision'.
Is it a wild assumption to assume that they knew 'something' about online publishing? Something about 'low value' articles?
That they were raising the bar because they were going to enter the market?
In my vision, I belived they would create the most perfect publishing site imaginable.
I imagined a truly beautiful site with various different templates, easy to use.
I imagined a battalion of bright moderators who would, after a preliminary plagiarism check program was run, read every article, and flag them for poor spelling, reject them for Content Farm stuff, and stream them.
There would be 'good but ordinary' , 'great' and 'exceptional'.
They would pay high premiums for the exceptional article, lower rates for the great
and the usual 'revenue sharing' for the good but ordinary.
As Google owned the major search engine, they could push the exceptional way up
on the top of the heap, making networking unnecessary.
They'd put the rest of the publishing sites virtually out of business, and those who can
write, would migrate en masse, so that they'd 'own' the field.
Knol pays NOTHING. Not one cent!
It expects fools to do their scholarly research, free gratis and for nothing, and post their thesis on their site FOR NOTHING..
Knol demands the best and pays NOTHING for it.
To make any money one would have to use it as a link to redirect to another site.
The site looks more like a Content Farm than any site slapped down by Google.
As is usual with sites which do badly or gain a very negative rating Knol is about to change its name to Annotum.
The same no pay lots of work paradigm, the same having to link to get to a site where one might make a penny after 100 hits. And who would go to Annotum to be directed to another site?
It would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic.
It has often been said that those who can't do, Teach.
When it comes to online sites, those who run 'search engines' can't create sites. They really can't. Nothing Google has touched is really that special or useful or top of the line.
Gmail, for example, doesn't allow you to 'Block' a site. A simple thing, yet, beyond the ability of those at Google to manage.
With Writing sites, all that is necessary is good pay. There are thousands of fantastic writers people who either can't write in RL because of oppression, time, venue, whatever, yet have something to say. Giving the best of them a really good site is insuring hits.
Alas, Google gets it wrong.