Update: Registration is open, and details are now posted.
Sneak preview: Waxxi's next interactive podcast guest will be Jimmy Wales, on April 5, 2007.
In addition to being founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy is also co-founder and chairman of Wikia. I recently went to see him talk at NYU (on Free Culture, Transparency and Search), and learned a great deal about him, and about the project which is consuming the bulk of his time, Wikia Search.
Like Waxxi's other guests -- Michael Arrington, Robert Scoble and Cory Doctorow -- Jimmy has made the infamous Forbes Top 25 Web Celebrities for 2007 list, coming in at number 12.
But What is so impressive about this American Internet entrepreneur is the sheer impact of his vision. Wikipedia has had a profound effect on our society. Tim O'Reilly described it well when he visually depicted the evolution of an entry on Wikipedia based on the number of human attributions. And by comparing the (skyrocketing) growth of Wikipedia to that of (flatlined) Britannica.
On Wikia, TechCrunch points out:
So Wikia, the for-profit sister site to Wikipedia, is closely tracking the early growth of Wikipedia in terms of new article generation. The obvious conclusion is that what worked for Wikipedia may work for Wikia, too. Certainly the same forces of user generated content and community are in play.
Wikia Search, in at least one person's opinion, has a very good chance at disrupting the world of search by making it human-powered.
There will certainly be a lot to talk about, and I hope you can join us for the conversation. The details will be announced shortly on Waxxi's site, where you'll be able to register for the live event.