There’s been a lot of hype this week about Google’s new Knol project that people have been comparing to Wikipedia, and there’s a Joomla connection…
Who are the owners of Knol.com?
Its a Dutch vacuum cleaner company who have been in business since 1969. They have a Joomla website using Virtuemart and a Rockettheme template. Apparently it crashed in the aftermath of the announcement, but its back online now and the owner Hilco Knol says he’s not selling:
We want to launch our own products what you can see on our knol.com Internet site.
For the rest we see whats happening."
A Few Light-Hearted Knol Points
- Has this been the worst year ever for big companies and domains names? After Microsoft forgot to buy Zune.com and Apple forgot to buy iPhone.com, I guess it was inevitable that Google would fail to buy Knol.com until after making their announcement and driving the price sky-high.
- Will Knol vanquish Wikipedia in the same way that Google Checkout has killed PayPal and Google Video killed YouTube?
- Yes, J.F.K. and bad joke fans, grassyknol.com has already been registered (December 17th this year) and caknoli.com (think about it …) has also gone. Still available … Knolcoward.com and KnolGallagher.com.