The GigaOM Show — Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales

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Wow, time does fly. We are on our 19th episode. In this week’s show we chat with Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and Wikia.

Wales believes simplicity is key to building an intuitive social network website. Which is why sites like Wikipedia and Facebook work so well in the social community. With a recent Wikia-Facebook like screenshot making its way through the web, will Wikia become like Facebook? No. Wales explains that they are working on an open source free license search engine that could launch in December.

This was a fun conversation. You can download the show in HD, QuickTime, Windows Media or Xvid format.

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Jim Sullivan

If Wikia really wants to make this a community-generated search engine than the demo attached will do just that – http://tinyurl.com/yvah8w

PredictAd Search Assist has a collaborative filtering feature that learns community search patterns. If you start typing in the demo attached you will start getting autocomplete results (with contextual advertisements) – these results will optimize based on the popularity of certain search terms/phrases.

If Jimmy Wales is reading – take a close look…PredictAd is FREE and its contextual advertising platform gives the publisher something that Adwords simply doesn’t! Moreover, it’s the first Ajax service offered on the web, and it’s a cool one at that…

Gregg

I’m watching the new GigaOm episode with Lewin from Microsoft. At 4:10 Lewin says “we are a fifty billion dollar company”. What company is he talking about? Because MSFT has a $300+ Billion market cap.

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