Are you up for a qwiki?

January 25, 2011 § 3 Comments

There much discussion around the web today about the launch of qwiki on Monday. Qwiki is a (over-hyped) new way of presenting information gathered from online sources. The user submits a keyword and qwiki quickly assembles a multimedia presentation on the topic, sourcing content from Wikipedia, fotopedia, youtube and Google search.


Amongst increasing criticism on the declining quality Google Search and of people yearning for new paradigms of how to experience information online, qwiki aims to find much more than a niche market. With the backing up of Facebook co-founder (of The Social Network fame) Eduardo Saverin, qwiki has strong supporters and passionate critics.

I am all for emphasizing human experience, and exploring new formats – actually this is a one-way street for the future of the world wide web. Wheareas qwiki creates this kind of unique experience, this particular qualia that is, that will make it irresistible to users, that remains to be seen. For the time being, I have to admit that the text-to-speech effect is more hilarious than alienating (especially when dealing with non-english words, like here)

One thing you can’t accuse qwiki of is self-reference, since the term “qwiki” shows no results!

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