Thursday, December 17, 2009

Knol is Green All Over

Many authors have written about various green initiatives on knol. If you are looking for articles on green initiatives knol will be a good source.

Visit Knol Sub-Directory - Environmental Management - Interesting Knols

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Knol Success - Second Million Page View Knol Author

Today one more knol author cross million page view mark. He is a korean author.

It is more interesting that his weekly page views have crossed 100,000 mark which shows that he can have 5 million page views in a year. Great news for knol platform. Also hindi knol competition is attracting authors as well as visitors. One may hope for a million page views from this competition for knol. The top 200 authors of knol may give one million weekly page views for knol shortly.

Good things are happening on knol.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Knol Progess - Weekly Bulletin 13.12.2009

Number of knols published []
Search returned 529,000

Centurion Knollers identified 69
Centurion Knollers - Knol Authors

Millionaire Knollers: 1
Millionaire Knollers - Million Page View Knol Authors

Number of Top Viewed Knols
(Search Link)
2307 to be updated

Number of knols with 100,000 page views 9

Number of authors (Most Viewed)
(Search Link)
Page Views Number One Author - eHowKnol - 1,071,000
Page Views Number Two Author - 손지훈 - 941,000
Page Views Number Three Author - Narayana Rao K.V.S.S. - 635,000

Author to be watched György Tausz (Spanish) - 245,256

Number of authors with 100,000 page views: 68
Number of authors with 50,000 page views: 157
Top Knol Authors - Top Knollers
Page views 800th author Abdullah Al-Ghamdi : 11,000

Quality Badge Knols (Based on favorite button, ratings and reviews)
(Search Link)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hindi Knol Competition December 2009

Google announce a Hindi knol competition in December 2009. The last date of entries is 31st January 2009.

The competition is attracting knols at the rate of 20 a day now. The number will pick up and around 2000 entries may come on different topics.

New Hindi knol competition December 2009

Hindi Knol Contest - स्वीट पोटेटो करी - A Sweet Potato Curry

An entry of last Hindi Knol contest. It has 786 page views so far.

सामग्री : २ लोगो के लिए
शकरकंद : १ बड़ा (उपरी छिलके को निकालकर छोटे एक समान टुकडो में कटा हुआ )
ताजे नारियल का दूध : ४२५ एम्मेल
प्याज : १ ( छोटे एक सामान टुकडो में कटा हुआ)
लाल मसाला : १५ ग्राम
नमक : स्वाद के असार
तेल : ३० एम्मेल

लाल मसाला बनाने की सामग्री :
काश्मीरी सुखी लाल मिर्च : ४-५ ( इन्हें गुनगुने पानी में १० मिनट तक भिगोये)
प्याज : लगभग १२० ग्राम ( बारीक कटा हुआ )
लहसुन : ४ कलियाँ ( बारीक कटी हुई )
अदरक : ५-७ ग्राम ( कदुकs किया हुआ )
धनिया पाउडर : ७ ग्राम
जीरा पाउडर : १५ ग्राम
सफ़ेद मिर्च पाउडर : ५ ग्राम
नमक : स्वाद के अनुसार

बनाने की विधि :
लाल मसाला बनाने की विधि :
1) लाल मसाला की सभी सामग्रियों को मिक्सी की मदद से पीस दीजिये.

अ स्वीट पोटेटो करी बनाने की विधि :
1) एक बड़ी कडाई में तेल गरम कीजिये. कटे हुए प्याज को इस गरम तेल में ३-४ मिनट तक पकाए.
2) अब लाल मसाला डालिए और उसे लगभग २-३ मिनट तक पकाए.
3) कटे हुए शकरकंद को डालकर लगभग ४-५ मिनट तक पकाए.
4) ताजे नारियल का दूध और स्वाद के अनुसार नमक मिलाकर धीमी आंच पर तब तक पकाए जब तक शकरकंद बराबर
पक न जाए.
5) लो हो गयी तैयार गरमा गरम "अ स्वीट पोटेटो करी" जिसे आप बासमति चावल के साथ परोस सकती हैं.

एक सुचना :
बची हुई लाल मसाला की पेस्ट को आप फ्रिज में थोड़े दिनों के लिए रख सकती है.

Sheetal Mehta
being distributed through this blog under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (11.12.2009)

Hindi cooking knol sub-directory

New Hindi knol competition December 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Million page view knol authors

eHowknol already has million page view.

A korean author will have million page views by end of this

Presently Narayana Rao is having 600,000 page views and his monthly page views are 100,000. There another knol author from spanish language who is clocking around 50,000 page views per week or 200,000 page views per month. These figures are challenging other knol authors to increase their output as well as promotion to ramp up their page views. Good for knol that visible and interesting page view targets are there for many authors to aim for and achieve.

Knol weekly progress bulletin

Knol Marathon Commentary - 6.12.2009

Posted. The subject of focus: History.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Well Read Dermatology Articles on Knol

On knol number of dermatology specialist doctors have written articles. Some of these doctors are

Eric Bernstein
NYC Dermatologist
Danny Siegenthaler
Yoram Harth MD, FAAD
Jack Resneck, Jr, MD
Bryan Cho MD, PhD
Lindy P. Fox, MD
Felix Kuo
Suraj Venna, MD

39 articles on dermatology on knol can be accessed through the sub-directory

Knol Sub-Directory - Dermatology

Monday, November 30, 2009

Knol Marathon Commentary

New one posted

Knol Success - eHowKnol registers millionth page view:


Breaking News

eHowKnol registers millionth page view:
eHowKnol: 1,004,247 page views. Congratulations ehowknol as well as all knol authors.

One Million Page View Knol Author Appearing

eHowKnol will be the first knol author to clock one million page tomorrow. At this moment its page view count is 999,039 and its weekly page view count is 33352.

손지훈 follows it with 853,000 page views.

Narayana Rao K.V.S.S. is third and has 587,000 page views.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

Italian Knol Authors Doing Great Job

Many bloggers are observing only USA visitors of Knol. There are not following the success of knol in other languages. Italian authors have formed an initiative DidasKnol and developing materials for lifelong learning. They have created many knols and are committed to create many more and the knols are having good page views.

Congratulations Italian knol authors.

Happy Knol Author

Today, I opened my essay on Knol and I found that I got another badge from Google for having the most visitors جائزة اعلى نسبة عرض :D

Knol Author of the Week - Gust Mees - Knol Twitter Announcement

8th November
He is an author with more than 100,000 page views, in top 10 authors in French language and provides suggestions to other knols authors on improving presentation quality.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Centurion Knollers - Knol Knights Increasing - Good for Knol

Joern Gruber alias योगानन्दिन् Yogānandin is the 69th centurion knoller identified by me.य-ग-नन-द-न-yogānandin/-/1hhybvxwaj2h2/0#

There are very high quality knol authors also in the centurion knoller group.
Therefore more knol authors will get into writing 100 knols by the end of this year. Knol will have explosive progress in number of centurion knollers this year.

Centurion Knollers - Knol Authors - full list

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

100,000 and 50,000 Page View Knol Authors Group Increasing

As on today there are 60 100,000 page view authors on knol.

There are 124 50,000 page view authors on knol. The number in both these groups is increasing day by day.

Some of the authors have large number of weekly page views indicating that their next year performance will be three to four times that of current year performance. Knol will have a great growth in visitors and page views in the coming year.

Knol Progess - Weekly Bulletin

A knol is available now to record weekly progress of knol

Global Author Ranks Are Changing on Knol

New authors are emerging on knol author ranks. As knol expanding in various countries, new authors are emerging in author ranks. Many more authors have now more than 100,000 page views. Their number may reach 100 shortly. Centurion knollers also emerged on the knol. Their number may reach 100 shortly.

The global leader in page views is syndicated or hosted content from The second ranked author is an author from Korea. The global number three is K.V.S.S. Narayana Rao. He becomes the Global Number One Individual English Knol Author.

As days go many more changes occur in the author ranks.

Global Number One Individual English Knol Author - An Article

Knol Translations

Knol has provided a facility to translate knols and slowly authors are making use of that facility. Especially bilingual authors on knol are making use of that facility better.

Knol Author Recruitment - Double the Number of Knol Authors

is translated into German and Italian

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Centurion Knol Authors Are Charging

There are many centurion knol authors on the platform.

So far nobody highlighted them. A recent initiative to make a list of centurion knollers identified 67 of them so far. This is the figure in say 350 top viewed knol authors on the platform. It is around 20%. Knol platform may have around 30,000 knol authors. Therefore it is not difficult to find 1000 knol authors who wrote more than 100 knols already. An initiative to help these knol authors to improve their knols and have 100,000 page views for their knol portfolios can give 100 million page views for the knol platform from these 1000 centurion knollers itself.

Knol management and knol author should come together and start an initiative in this direction.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Committed and Active Knol Authors Are Increasing

Presently 33 authors are identified who wrote more than 100 knols. Their commitment to the platform increases as authors write more knols and knol can depend on them to participate in any initiative that it proposes.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Health Information Technology Articles on Knol

The ITdotHealth, a National Health Information Technology Forum, was created in response to unprecedented plans for investment in health information technology (HIT) by the federal government.

The ITdotHealth knol collection supports the national effort by enabling rapid creation and dissemination of research on Health InformationTechnology.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Good Things Were Written About Knol in Print Media

Greg Bott

Reach Greg Bott via e-mail at or by cell, 601-616-8509. Greg’s professional experience includes consulting for Price Waterhouse’s Strategic Consulting Group, working as a Program Manager for Microsoft Corporation, and serving as Chief Technology Officer for several companies. He has a Master of Science in Software Engineering degree from the University of Texas and has presented at technical conferences across the world.

Knol is where I go to get non-encyclopedic answers about everyday things: the swine flu, how to (and why) make buttermilk pancakes from scratch, learn how to pack for a trip to Jamaica, better understand the evolving cell phone text language your kids use (e.g., PITA isn't bread), how to create a podcast, speak Japanese, or even how to dance at a nightclub

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Professors on Knol

Around 750 professors have registed their presence on knol so far. Education is a popular category on knol. Some of the professors are in the top 10 knol authors based on most number of visitors and pages viewed.

If many professors get into the routine of writing articles on the concepts that they teach, number of knols will increase rapidly and also visitors will increase as many students start visiting the site following their professors.

Some of the names of professors are listed in a knol

Friday, September 25, 2009

NEST on Knol

NEST (Never Ending Story) is the knol which has become an increasingly popular venue for publications including ones that look a lot like standard peer reviewed journals. More generally, a NEST starts as an embryonic paper. With iteration and with the help of co-author and reader suggestions, it incubates a mature manuscript. Unlike a blog, it is not just a snapshot of a narrative perspective in a sequence of snapshots, but a single integrated document.

We are using the knol as the infrastructure for our NESTs, we can hope that academic publishers will provide vehicles of similar functionality.

Important Statement from

HMS - Countway Library of Medicine - Director's Blog
Harvard Medical School's Countway Library of Medicine and the new frontiers in biomedical computing

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Knol page views and visitors increasing in this month

So far I observed an increase of 60 percent in visitors to my portofolio of knols. I think many other authors are experiencing the same effect.

The knol collection concept is good and it is helping in informing many knols at a single point.

One of my popular knol collections is on industrial engineering.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Knol Directory

Knol directory is being used by visitors. Many sub-directories are getting direct visits and some of them have crosses 100 page view figure.

Top Five Authors

As on 16.9.2009

Top five knol authors are:

Kevin Spaulding
Narayana Rao K.V.S.S.

In total they have 2,159,542 page views.
Next full year, they will have around 5 million page views. May be six million.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Knol authors are active

Knol authors are active.
They are writing knols.
There are compiling collections.
There are competing directories inside knol as well as outside knol.
More than 1500 knols are listed on Many more authors will submit their knols to Digg.
More and more bloggers are writing positive things about knol.
Knol's features are increasing.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Weekly Page Views of Knol -1.5 million

My estimate of weekly page views of knol using the weekly page views of a random sample of 50 of the top viewed 2500 authors is 1.5 million.

The breakeven page view number for knol would be one million per day. By August 2010, knol will reach breakeven page view number.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Total page views of top 800 knol authors

I made an estimate and it comes to 21 million. As I made an estimate of total page views of knols as 30 million from top viewed knols. the new estimate is in line with the old estimate. We can take that remaining knol authors had 9 million page views.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Official Google Blog: A new website for the rapid sharing of influenza research

Official Google Blog: A new website for the rapid sharing of influenza research

Reviewed/Moderated Science Paper Publishing on Knol

Public Library of Science, a non-profit publisher of open access journals committed to making scientific and medical research literature a freely accessible public resource has started using google knol platform for publishing scientic papers.

For More details of the announcement visit

Some Knols Published at the moment

The early molecular epidemiology of the swine-origin A/H1N1 human influenza pandemic

PLoS Currents: Influenza
A moderated collection for rapid and open sharing of useful new scientific data, analyses, and ideas.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Machine Tools - Articles on Knol

Some authors are writing articles in Engineering on knol. The knol directory of intersting knols has directory pages for various branches of engineering.

The directory page for machine tools articles is

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Knol Directory - Progress

150 subject sub-directories posted so far. More subject directories are available in some subdirectories. The directory is being used by many visitors to browse interesting knols.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Estimate of page views for Top 800 knols - 10 Million

Total Page Views for Top 800 knols up to 5.8.2009

Estimate: 9,895,730

For details:

By end of second year of operations knol will have average page views of one million per day.

Is it ok? What is the breakeven point of knol project in page view terms? Does anybody have an opinion.

Knol Directory Update

133 subjects are covered so far. More subjects are covered in sub-directories.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Knol Directory

Knol directory project is shaping up well.
Now there is a new knols directory.
There is an author directory.

In the interesting knol directory, 128 subjects were posted till now.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Blogger or Wikipedia - Which is more popular?

There is lot of hype around wikipedia especially in the context of wikipedia versus knol that blog were given a bad name. That is only a blog has become a derogatory sentence.

Many blogs are extremely useful not because they are diaries but because they were websites easily set up using blog platforms. Blog is now promoted as easy website and not a pesonal diary.

It is interesting to note that blogger is ahead on wikipedia in terms of popularity as per Alexa ranking. But statistics about blogger platform are not available as compared to wikipedia and many people may not know the popularity of specific blog posts.

If blogger is successful why knol will not be successful? Under normal logic knol will be succesful.

But will knol cannibalize blogger? Will knol get different types of persons as authors and different types persons as visitors and improve the performance of google? Still all over the world more and more houses are getting internet connections and market size may be expanding and that may go in the favor of knol like platforms. Knol may turnout to be big learning platform maintained by a number of individual authors competing with each other for visitors. The innovative, consumber savvy, and tenacious persons only will grow to become more enduring authors.

Regarding success of knol, I do not think there needs to be a logical doubt.

Friday, July 31, 2009

250,000 Knols to 1,000,000 knols

Knol platform has around 250,000 knols at the moment. My estimate is that the number will go up to 1,000,000 by end of the second year that is 31st July 2010. The million knol portfolio would also give one million page views per day and knol will become a top 100 website. The momentum is already there. Everyday new authors are signing up and new knols are appearing.

There are still many gaps in various subjects for writing knols. One can visit the knol to have an idea of some areas requiring knols.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Knol Directory - New Knols

A Knol Directory of new knols is under preparation.

All new knol writers will have an opportunity to list their new knols under subject sub-directory. They can also see various knols written so far in that subject to decide the topics for knol writing.

Knol Directory – New Knols

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Want to Know Who are Authors of Most Popular Knols


The list presently has 65 authors of TOP viewed 800 knols. The list will have more authors.

Knol has many capable authors and it is on its way to success as an article website.

Knol - 25 Million Page Views

My estimate is that knol had 25 million page views for first full year of public operations.

I made one more estimate today for the top 800 knols. The page view figure comes to 8 million for the first year. Hence for all the knol articles combined 25 million seems to be a reasonable figure.

Page Views for Top 800 Knols

The estimate of 25 million knols gives an average daily page views of around 0.5 to 0.6. Is it a good page view figure for knol? knol management can determine the answer from its experience of the blogger platform. I do not have any estimate.But I would not be surprised if blogger has 0.1 page views or even less than that for a blog post.

According to me knol page view number will reach one million a day during the second year of operations.

Goal of Knol: Knol Authors 100,000 - Knols 1 million - Top 100 Website

Friday, July 24, 2009

Knols - A Serious Knowledge Platform - Writers are Transparent

Knol is a serious knowledge platform. It is not basically for earning money by author through all sorts of advertisement and selling things. It is about the core of the platfrom knowledge.

Authors are transparent.

Writing Mathematics Equation Became Easy on Knol

Knol management listens to its authors.

There was a demand for Latex writer for writing mathematical equations by some authors. Now Knol announced that Latex facility is available on knol. Now we can expect more mathematics people to write on knol.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Knol Sub-Directory - Sciences

Knol directory of interesting knols is progressing at a slow place but it is attracting visitors. As more and more knols are crossing the threshold of 500 page views set as a general criterion, as time progresses there will be more articles in these directories for visitors to read and benefit from.

Knol Authors Are Excited - Second Year of Knol

Dr. Minoo Bhagia said

नॉल को सालगिरह बहुत बहुत मुबारक हो |
On Hindi Knol Authors and Visitors Bulletin Board

Andreas Kemper Said
Happy Anniversary!
July 23th 2009 Knol Is An Year Old Today;


Eternal Happy Returns Of The Day!!!!

SK @ All Knollers & Knol Help Team: Happy Anniversary
KVSS @ All knollers & Knol Help Team: Greetings on the special occasion. Let us come together and achieve bigger things in the second year.
Goal of Knol: Knol Authors 100,000 - Knols 1 million - Top 100 Website

On Knol Bulletin Board for Authors and Visitors

Authors are committed to continue their endeavor and share their knowledge using Knol Platform.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Knol for Classroom

Thoughts on How Blogging Can be Used in Classroom

Lenn identified in the article how blogs help students in media studies.

Knols also serve similar purpose and one can leverage the ability of collaboration in case of a knol. All the alumni of the institute can be brought into the academic activities of the institute by asking all alumni to contribute to the various knols of the institute, faculty and current students. Such an invitation will be able to capture the interesting incidents in the real life experience of alumni one by one at a pace convenient to the alumni and provide that experience to current students and faculty to think over, understand and discuss the relevance of basic priciples and theories to real life issues.

SWOT Analysis of Knol

Knol is completing its first year public life. What are its strengths and weaknesses?


Started by Google Which is a savvy player in Website business domain.
Technical competence of Google in software as well as in efficienty using hardware to deliver exceptional service to website visitors.
Knol has positioned itself a knowledge site committed to promote online learning (It has not given undue importance to advertising).


* Late entry into the market with a well established market leader.
* No special technology innovation in the platform.
* Low key entry.
* Lack of a visible "knowledge expert team" that is guiding the roll out.
* Revenue model for authors (First year nobody made any significant revenue).


* Many institutes have not provided publishing opportunity to their faculty.
* Ph.d theses can be published on knol.
* School/College/Institute/Alumni Magazines can have knol versions.
* Management Development Course Modules can be hosted on knol.


* While negative publicity has subsided it may resurface as competitors feel if they cannot attack now, there is no chance in the future.

Comments welcome.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Knol - Should it be Closed?

No. Knol has to promoted.

Negative publicity about knol has reduced. But still there are some who voice an opinion that knol has to be killed. They give examples of some poor quality articles as support for their argument.

When the platform is open to public and there is no editing from the platform, there will be wide variations in quality. Existence of some poor quality writing is not the criterion for closing a platform. The provision of quality articles is the reason for the survival and growth of the platform. Knol has developed a quality ranking and there are more than 1000 high quality articles on knol. There are thousands of five star and four star quality articles. There are thousands of article which got more than 500 page views. Even visitor number is more in line with the experience of similar article sites. Quantcast says that US visitors are around 170,000 per day. This number would give around 340,000 visitors for global and this figure is good considering that there are around 230,000 articles at the moment.

Many persons with specialist qualifications and experience are registering with knol as knol has positioned itself as serious article repository. Knol has great future as a knowledge base.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Knol is Down for Maintenance

At 8.20 am, 28.6.2009 (Indian standard Time) message is coming that knol is down for maintenace. Even google analytics does not seem to have been updated with yesterday's visit information.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Patent In the Name of Knol Team Members on Online Content Collaboration

US2009/0157608, “Online Content Collaboration Model”, is a patent document filed by the Google in December 2007. Its inventors are two Googlers, William Strathearn and Michael McNally,both working on the knol team.

Information first seen by me in

Friday, June 19, 2009

Goal of Knol: Knol Authors 100,000 - Knols 1 million - Top 100 Website

Knol can set ambitious goals for the second year of its operations. Its first year operations provide it with a foundation using which it can aggressively promote its platform among many professionals to share their knowledge through knols.

Google's strengths can be leveraged now.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


Knol Directory - List of Interesting Knol Lists

This is a list of knols specially selected by the knol platform as knols of good quality. Within this list knol quality systems gives to some knols special badges as most viewed knols and quality knols.

Many people want to have knol directory to access knols more easily. Even though there is a browsing list in knol, it is given in page number wise and hence navigation was not easy. Ths directory indicated in this blog post gives them in alphabetical order that makes navigation easy.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Cooking Knol Contest

Knol is presently organizing a cooking knol contest in five Indian languages.

Malayalam and

Details are available on knol home page

Dummies - How to Contest

Google Knol has declared the prize winners of Dummies How to Contest. The details of winning knols are available on knol home page.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Knol is getting better coverage in Blogs

Slowly Knol is getting into blogs.

Today when I search google block search for last 24 hours entries on knol, there were 39 entries.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Knol as a teaching aid

Knol for dummies-writing a knol about

Health Issue - Bacteria decay - Rotten egg smell in well water

This site was a little different. The idea behind writing a knol is to educate other people about a specific topic or idea. This is pretty cool as a form of assessment. At the end of the lesson, students can write one about what they have learned.

Number of Articles

Wikipedia has 2.7 million articles in English.

Google knol has more than 100,000 articles.

Encarta has 42,000 entries

MSN closed Encarta

Knol's Competitors

Knowledge Sharing Websites

Helium: — Features 300,000 articles on 44,000 subjects and 12 million page views per month.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Google Knol now Popular in Arabic

Google knol is now popular in Arabic.

One some days the number of knols written or edited are more than the number written in English.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Online Journal Launched on Knol

Journal of Therapeutic Biotechnology (JTB) lauched on knol with call for papers.

Krishan Maggon, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology R&D Advisor, Geneva, Switzerland & New York, USA is the expert behind this initiative on Knol.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Knol Authors Meeting at Chicago

2/26 Judge @ All Authors

The meeting in Chicago will be on the 4th of March 2009, at 2 pm at the Holiday Inn, 5615 N. Cumberland Road. The number is 773-693-5800 or 1 877 863 4780. Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

New Home Page and Feature Knols

Knol has redesigned its home page.

Number of new feature knols are opened.

An alphabetical list of feature knols is available now.

A bulletin board is created.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Udi Manbers Initial Post on KNOL

Encouraging people to contribute knowledge

12/13/2007 06:01:00 PM
Posted by Udi Manber, VP Engineering

The web contains an enormous amount of information, and Google has helped to make that information more easily accessible by providing pretty good search facilities. But not everything is written nor is everything well organized to make it easily discoverable. There are millions of people who possess useful knowledge that they would love to share, and there are billions of people who can benefit from it. We believe that many do not share that knowledge today simply because it is not easy enough to do that. The challenge posed to us by Larry, Sergey and Eric was to find a way to help people share their knowledge. This is our main goal.

Earlier this week, we started inviting a selected group of people to try a new, free tool that we are calling "knol", which stands for a unit of knowledge. Our goal is to encourage people who know a particular subject to write an authoritative article about it. The tool is still in development and this is just the first phase of testing. For now, using it is by invitation only. But we wanted to share with everyone the basic premises and goals behind this project.

The key idea behind the knol project is to highlight authors. Books have authors' names right on the cover, news articles have bylines, scientific articles always have authors -- but somehow the web evolved without a strong standard to keep authors names highlighted. We believe that knowing who wrote what will significantly help users make better use of web content. At the heart, a knol is just a web page; we use the word "knol" as the name of the project and as an instance of an article interchangeably. It is well-organized, nicely presented, and has a distinct look and feel, but it is still just a web page. Google will provide easy-to-use tools for writing, editing, and so on, and it will provide free hosting of the content. Writers only need to write; we'll do the rest.

A knol on a particular topic is meant to be the first thing someone who searches for this topic for the first time will want to read. The goal is for knols to cover all topics, from scientific concepts, to medical information, from geographical and historical, to entertainment, from product information, to how-to-fix-it instructions. Google will not serve as an editor in any way, and will not bless any content. All editorial responsibilities and control will rest with the authors. We hope that knols will include the opinions and points of view of the authors who will put their reputation on the line. Anyone will be free to write. For many topics, there will likely be competing knols on the same subject. Competition of ideas is a good thing.

Knols will include strong community tools. People will be able to submit comments, questions, edits, additional content, and so on. Anyone will be able to rate a knol or write a review of it. Knols will also include references and links to additional information. At the discretion of the author, a knol may include ads. If an author chooses to include ads, Google will provide the author with substantial revenue share from the proceeds of those ads.

Once testing is completed, participation in knols will be completely open, and we cannot expect that all of them will be of high quality. Our job in Search Quality will be to rank the knols appropriately when they appear in Google search results. We are quite experienced with ranking web pages, and we feel confident that we will be up to the challenge. We are very excited by the potential to substantially increase the dissemination of knowledge.

We do not want to build a walled garden of content; we want to disseminate it as widely as possible. Google will not ask for any exclusivity on any of this content and will make that content available to any other search engine.

As always, a picture is worth a thousands words, so an example of a knol is below (double-click on the image to see the page in full). The main content is real, and we encourage you to read it (you may sleep better afterwards!), but most of the meta-data -- like reviews, ratings, and comments -- are not real, because, of course, this has not been in the public eye as yet. Again, this is a preliminary version.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

World Internet Users - 30th June 2008

World internet users 1,463,632,361

China 253 million
USA 220 million
Japan 94 million
India 60 million


Sunday, February 1, 2009

5,000,000 page views for a Knol Author in year. 5 million, right.

Today I am happy to see that weekly viewership of my knols has gone up to 4000. Of course Judge's weekly viewership is above 10,000. I am not really free to concentrate and write knols and my health is not also good at the moment. I shall have more focus from July 2009 and I am thinking I can plan for 1000 knols each having 5000 page views in the year. That will give 5,000,000 page views in year. 5 million, right. I think it is possible. 100,000 page views in a week.

Many other knollers will achieve similar targets and knol platform will move away from the worries of the survival of the platform in 2009-10.

I think knol admin should release knol page view and other statistics for the entire platform on daily basis or weekly basis. Some of the statistics can be:

Daily page views
Cumulative page views
Daily authors registered
Cumulative number of authors registered
Daily knols created
Cumulative number of knols created
Average page views per week for a knol badge quality knol
Average page views per week for a five star quality knol
Average page views per week for a four star quality knol
Average page views per week for a three star quality knol
Average page views per week for a two star quality knol
Average page views per week for a one star quality knol
Average page views per week for an unstarred knol
Average page views for an author
Average page views for an active author

Such a score card can give excitement, information and enables planning by knol writers.

One more of my suggestion is that blog search engine of google should search knol also along with blogs. Blogs are user generated content and knols are also user generated content on a different platform. Hence it makes sense for blog search engine to search knols also.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ideas on Management Topics for How to Knols for Dummies

How to manage your stress?

How to manage your subordinates?

How to give feedback?

How to prepare budget for your department?

How to analyze your company's balance sheet?

How to analyze and justify your capital expenditure proposals?

How to interact with a customer who visits your department?

How to incorporate customer point of view in your new product designs?

How to improve kaizens in your department?

How to initiate zero defect program in your department?

Saturday, January 24, 2009


1. ENTRY OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ONLY, 13 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. Authors have to be Registered Users of (“Registered Users”). To become a Registered User of the Knol Site, you must register for an account and agree to the Site’s “Terms of Service” and “Knol Content Policy” set forth at

2. 2. Contest Dates: The Contest begins January 23, 2009 at 12:00:01 AM Pacific Time (“PT”), and ends May 8, 2009 at 11:59:59 PM PT (“Contest Period”). During the Contest Period there is an entry submission event and a judging/clearing event.

3. Enter, create and submit into the contest website an essay (i.e. a “knol”) sharing your knowledge about a particular subject. Contest materials and instructions on how to enter your knol and participate in the Contest will be available on the Knol web site ( For the purpose of this Contest, an Entry is a submission created specifically for this Contest that is complete (as determined by Sponsors). Each Registered User may submit multiple entries during the Open Call for Submissions; however, only the highest ranked knol from each Registered User, as determined by Google in its sole discretion during the course of the initial ranking process, will be counted for purposes of final judging. Any editing of a knol must be complete by last day of submission period.

4. Language: English only.

5. Entries may only be submitted by a knol Owner. Group entries will not be accepted (although different individuals might have taken part in the development of a knol Entry, only one individual may be considered to have produced and submitted the Entry as the final Owner of the knol). Ownership of a knol entry will be determined as of the last day of the contest submission period (11:59:59 PM PT on March 23, 2009)

6. Selection of Top 50 Finalists: On or about March 24, 2009 through March 31, 2009, all eligible entries will be initially evaluated by Google using a ranking process that takes into account, but is not limited to, the following measurement criteria: quality of content, clarity of presentation, importance of subject matter, interest level, and overall impression. The Top 50 entries with the highest ranking, at Google’s discretion, will then be provided to a panel of Wiley representatives (“Panel”).

7. Judging to Determine Winners: The Panel will score each eligible Top 50 Finalist Entry based on the following judging criteria, each given equal weight:

Quality of Content
Clarity of Presentation
Importance of Subject Matter
Interest Level
Overall Impression

Based on the Panel’s scores and Sponsors’ discretion, up to five (5) Entries will be selected as “Potential Winners” one of which will be deemed, the Potential Grand Prize Winner; In the event of a tie, all tied entries will be re-judged by an additional judge selected by Wiley, who, using the judging criteria will break the tie. In the event that there are not enough eligible entries (in Sponsors’ discretion), Sponsors may choose to select less than five (5) Potential Winners. The judges' decisions are final and binding in all matters relating to this Contest.

8. Prizes: One (1) Grand Prize: A check for $1,000 and the opportunity to have winner’s article published on the “For Dummies” web site ( Four (4) First Prizes: the opportunity to have First Prize Winners’ article published on the “For Dummies” web site ( To be published on the “For Dummies” web site, winning entries will be edited as deemed appropriate by Wiley, and only those in line with the “For Dummies” brand and standards (at the discretion of Sponsors) will be published.

For Full Details Visit

Knol for competition

I am excited to announce the Knol for competition. I'm particularly excited about this contest because I'm an avid fan of "For Dummies" books. Wrote Matt Ghering, Product Marketing Manager

I am also excited about the contest. As a blogger I saw on the blogger dash board that knol is open for public writing on 24th July 2008. Immediately, I entered the knol platform and started writing. The contest idea is an interesting one. Authors first of all have an urge to write. When they are offered ready audience for it they do get excited. Then some monetary incentives, they will be thrilled. On top of it, an opportunity for publication of the book.

I wish the contest all success.

For rules of the competition visit

Thursday, January 22, 2009

100,000 Knols Published So Far - January 2009

Cedric Dupont, Product Manager, and Michael McNally, Software Engineer of Google Knol announced officially through google blog that 100,000 knols were published (16 Jan 2009).

knols were written in 59 different languages.

People from 197 countries and territories from the Aland Islands and Antarctica to Zambia and Zimbabwe are visiting knol.

Apart from the google official announcement, search results indicate that a knol on Self by Keven Spaulding had 100,000 page views so far.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Annual Budget of Wikipedia

Wikipedia has around 300 million page views a day. To support this traffic, the annual budget for Wikipedia is $4.6 million. Wikipedia has 45000 contributors annually who, on an average, contribute $33 per person. This covers only one third of the estimated budget.

Growth of Paid clicks on Google February 2008

According to a Comscore report, Google had 515mm Paid clicks in the US in February 2008. This is how the paid clicks growth rate on Google have been over the past few months:

October : +37%
November : +27%
December : +12%
January : 0%
February : +3%

Knol Author Foundation

Knol Author Foundation is set up to facililtate collective activity by knol authors.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

About Knol

Welcome to Knol

A knol is an authoritative article about a specific topic.

Here are some examples of knols.

Fundamental Analysis – Graham–Rao Method