July 24, 2009

Last vestige of Wikia Search is gone, also "Wikianswers" trademarked

[Original reporting! Not an echo!]

Oh, how far the mighty imagined Google-fighter ("killer" was overhype) has fallen. The late, only slightly lamented, Wikia Search project (Wikipedia-style search) shut down months ago. The URL was redirected to another site of Wikia Inc, a question-and-answers wiki. But there was at least a paragraph on the front page indicating Wikia Search had existed. However, on June 17, even that paragraph was removed. All that remains about Wikia Search on that page now is a tiny icon, a virtual puff of smoke, into which it has vanished.

Speaking of "Wiki answers" sites, in the name dispute between Answers.com's "WikiAnswers" site and Wikia's "Wikianswers" site, Answers.com has recently gotten a trademark registration on "WIKIANSWERS". Though the argument may possibly turn out to be academic. Even many months after launch, Wikia's site is getting less than 1% of the traffic of Answers.com's site.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in wikia | on July 24, 2009 11:59 PM (Infothought permalink)
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Poor Jimbo... Is there a term for the opposite of a Midas touch?

Posted by: Paul at July 25, 2009 08:39 AM

The Mudas touch?

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at July 25, 2009 11:34 AM