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.