For the past 2 weeks, Jimmy Wales announced on the Wikia list that private alpha is available, resulting to a flood of sign-ups reply on the mailing list. That situation is no more, as a public sign-up is available. Go to http://alpha.search.wikia.com/ and get your free account. Bug reports at end of the page.
via Loopzilla in the comment area on a Flickr photo
(Un)related: Gmail greatness
The situation on the Wikia list + sign-up reply, on the other hand, helps me truly understand another greatness of Gmail single-subject chaining UI. Unlike IconSpam which gets annoyingly long (and flooded) in the Outlook email inbox as topics become popular with many respondents, the Gmail interface allocate a singular dedicated row. The result is a clean and much more user-friendly UI.
Web 2.0 Features
I just signed up and it appears that Wikia has some Web 2.0 features (ability to social network by adding friends) but there is currently no way to link directly to the user profile. There are lots of fields for adding personal and professional information, together with the ability to tag those information.
I don't really know where the search index is coming from at the moment, and searching my name does not give a lot. It did managed to match me in the user area though so that's a good thing:
Monday, January 7, 2008
Search Wikia alpha sign-up now available