GuruNet's Answers.com versus Wikipedia and widgets (GRU)

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In his keynote address to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, CEO Steve Jobs highlighted the availability of new "widgets", small programs that provide easy-to-use functionality on the desktop.

One of his favorites? A widget that allows the user to search Wikipedia by keyword and delivers the results to the user's desktop.


Quick comments:

  • Can't be good for GuruNet (ticker: GRU) which uses Wikipedia content for its Answers.com service. It's now easier for Apple users to search Wikipedia directly than to use Answers.com.
  • Wikipedia is rapidly becoming the best available general reference source due to the quality and volume of its user-generated content. It's hard to see how GuruNet, which doesn't own the content accessed by Answers.com, can compete with ever-improving user interfaces for Wikipedia.

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