Wikia search: "a complete letdown?"

Wikia Search, the new open-source search engine developed by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, launched this week to a chorus of critics. The company took a...

Wikia Search, the new open-source search engine developed by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, launched this week to a chorus of critics. The company took a big risk by hyping the product and then launching the site in its alpha (or pre-beta) phase -- and some users have been unforgiving about the unpolished version.

According to TechCrunch's Michael Arrington, "Wikia search would be a disappointment even without the massive hype we’ve had to endure. And taking that hype into account, this product is an inexcusable waste of time."

And this from BusinessWeek, "Preliminary testing of the site by BusinessWeek.com produced disappointing results consistent with the widespread grumbles, many of which concluded that Wikia Search went live far too early with this Alpha version."

For PRWeek's coverage on the launch click here.

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