Wikia search is closing

In my previous post I reported that the open-search index Wikia had stopped working. Earlier today I stumbled across this blog entry from Jimmy Wales, yes — Wikipedia's founder. Wales says that his foundation has stopped funding Wikia Search. is still live, but likely to become useless in a short while.

This is very unfortunate as we need diversity in indexing if webometrics (the science of analyzing the web corpus) is to prosper. With Wikia going under, and Cuil looking as if it might (according to Alexa, traffic has all but vanished), triangulation becomes more difficult.