Wikia calls off search bid

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Wikia calls off search bid

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said that his company will be shutting down its search engine venture.

Wales announced in a blog posting that slow traffic and disappointing returns have lead Wikia to discontinue its Wikia Search service.

Imagined as a 'user-generated' search engine, Wikia Search allowed users to rate their results in an effort to further refine results for future queries. The idea was to create a user-powered and peer-reviewed search engine in a method similar to that of Wikipedia.

However, Wales said that public has not taken the engine as warmly as the iconic online encyclopedia, and the company would be discontinuing the project in order to save money amidst the harsh economy.

"While I personally believe in the opportunity for free software to make serious inroads into the search space, our project, Wikia Search, has not been enjoying the kind of success that we had hoped," wrote Wales.

"In a different economy, we would continue to fund Wikia Search indefinitely. It’s something I care about deeply. I will return to again and again in my career to search, either as an investor, a contributor, a donor, or a cheerleader."

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