Jimmy Wales pulls plug on Wikia Search

Yesterday, giraffe prospect Jimmy Wales pulled the plug on Wikia Search, his open-sourced, collaborative search engine that he hoped would rival Google.  He wrote the postmortem on his blog:  "...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.  In a different economy, we would continue to fund Wikia Search indefinitely.  It's something I care about deeply."  As a reminder of his glory days, a new book just  came out about Wikipedia, "The Wikipedia Revolution," written by a former Wikipedia editor.  This Salon review includes an interview with the writer, who comments that an encyclopedia was the perfect fit for a wiki collaborative project.