Posted August 12, 2009 10:06 am by with 6 comments

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It’s been a little over a year since Google launched Google Knol. Now it appears the service may not make it to its 2nd birthday.

As spotted by TechCrunch, traffic to the site peaked in February and has been on a downward slide since then.

It’s not the first time that we’ve seen questions asked about the futile contuation of Google Knol. In fact, it was just this past January that SAI asked why Google didn’t kill off Knol along with all the other dead weight.

It seems that even Knol users have become disenchanted with the service–resorting to using Knol as Craigslist classifieds alternative.

What about you? Are you still using Google Knol? Having any success?

  • I set up a Knol earlier this year for something I was working on. An ebook I bought listed Knol’s as a way to promote. It was the first and only time I had ever heard about them. I mentioned Knol’s to a marketing coach I know and he had never heard of them either. Knol was meant to be like wikipedia so using it as a promotional medium was sorta like putting a square peg in a round hole. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever found a Knol in any search result I’ve done. Not even on Google. I abandoned mine.

  • This failure is a natural consequence of Google staying at the same level of information processing as Wikipedia. I am speaking about the hierarchy:data, information, knowledge, wisdom and prediction.Both KNOL and Wikipedia are about knowledge and Wikipedia has tradition and results, Google could get advantage by developing its papers to higher value and higher quality- i. e Wisdom and Prediction.No Google WISD and no Google PRED!
    I have tried to explain this to Google by different channels, including a Google 10^100 Project with no success. Sorry for this lost opportunity (lost for Google and for human thinking). Or, isn’t it irreversibly lost?

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  • JR

    I was banned, and I don’t know why. No one will respond to my emails, so I no longer care.

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