According to Google, a knol is “a unit of knowledge, an authoritative article about a specific topic.” The Google Knol service just reached 100,000 articles and it’s finally being recognized as a potential competitor to Wikipedia. If you’d like to learn more, here’s how you can get started reading and contributing to Google Knol!
Reading a Knol is simple! All you have to do is point your Web browser to http://knol.google.com and search for whatever you’d like to read about. The search is powered by Google, so you know it’s good!
As you can see, there are a lot of Knols (774) about Barack Obama, ranging from his foreign policies to buying cheap Obama memorabilia. Knols can be written by anyone, so the content varies quite a bit.
Writing Your Own Knol
To write a Knol of your own, go to http://knol.google.com again and click on Write a Knol.
Sign in to your Google account (if you don’t have one, you’ll need to sign up first).
Click on the Write a Knol button again. You’ll then see the basic structure for writing a Knol. You can choose your license as well, which I think is great! Pick from three Creative Commons licenses (saying that people can use it, but with conditions) or All Rights Reserved (only under limited circumstances can people use it).
Happy Knolling, my friends!
~ Brandon Zubek