Google Knol made the headlines, in part for all the wrong reasons. But now that Google’s Knol is here to stay, how might Google make writing, reading, rating and reviewing Knols that much easier?
Jaiku, Reader, Docs to support Knols?
A friend asked a question on Pownce yesterday which made me think: what are Google going to do with Jaiku?
I’m not as won over by Google Docs as I once was. But I think that might change in the future.
And out of these two applications, Google could create quite a compelling strategy to help make Knols more appealing to the disaffected or would-be content editors out there.
From a content creation point of view, Google Docs & Spreadsheets is a very competent — if feature ‘Lite’, when compared to Microsoft Office — suite of office applications.
I’d wager that Google are keen to add in extra options to Docs which would help facilitate the writing and publishing of Knols.
And if it’s a question of adopting the trappings of Social Media, by allowing people to vote & review Knols, then a suitably tweaked Jaiku would fit that strategy very neatly.
But what about reading Knols?
There’s every chance that Google’s search results aren’t the only place we’re likely to see Knols turning up.
Creating a Google Alert is the done thing these days, by ‘bloggers who’re keen to track hot topics in their niche. So expect Knols to pop up there. And what about being able to subscribe to Alerts or even Knols by topic or category via Google Reader?
And let’s not forget Google Groups, which could well provide an excellent tie-in, especially since Google Groups has a ratings system in place.
I’m guessing this is why Google have been looking at adding OpenID support to their Blogger application.
In addition, Google Profile might also be the outward extension of their Account service, which would pull together the likes of Docs, Reader and Jaiku.
Fancy ideas about which applications can work with what aside, these are early days, and there’s still much more to know about Google Knol…