Yellowikis is a open access business directory.
We aim to provide up-to-date, open, accurate, honest but quite basic business information to everyone on the internet.
This information is free to both users and companies. We do not want to take advertising or to sell data. This information is free.
One of our main aims is to be a global resource. Small companies - particularly those in developing countries - don't find it easy to set up their own web pages and get them ranked by Google and the other search engines. We hope that a simple entry in Yellowikis will help level the playing field.
There are very few rules about adding information. We launched the service on January 12 2005 - we are open to ideas and for the time being we will let a certain amount of anarchy rule. But we will be keeping a careful eye on our baby and want to encourage it to grow and develop into an information resource as important as Wikipedia itself. With your help and support we will slowly grow a Yellowiki community of users that we hope will nurture and love it as much as we do.
Wikipedia is our inspiration and our spiritual parent. Everything we do should be respectful of Wikipedia and we hope that one day Yellowikis will be able to give financial support to the Wikimedia Foundation.
Any organisation big enough to have an article in Wikipedia should also be in Yellowikis. Sometimes you can help Yellowikis by copying articles from Wikipedia to here, if it happens that those articles contain business directory listing information. This is most commonly the case for articles that don't actually belong on Wikipedia, since Wikipedia does not aim to be a business directory, and that have been placed there by mistake, or as advertising.
Since Wikipedia does not aim to be a business directory, most of its articles on businesses (particularly its long-established articles) are not worth copying to Yellowikis, since they will contain no business directory listing information that can then be turned into a Yellowikis article. Furthermore, since Wikipedia does not aim to be a business directory, Wikipedia articles on businesses do not link to business directory listings (either those on Yellowikis or elsewhere). Therefore, please don't add links from Wikipedia articles to Yellowikis articles. Linking from Yellowikis articles to Wikipedia is fine, however.
Yellowikis in the Blogosphere
David Weinberger writes about Yellowikis in Joho the Blog. I think this is the first time anyone has picked up the idea that college students (and others) might be able to make money from Yellowikis.
Competia the competitive intelligence and strategic planning forum say nice things about Yellowikis.
Charu writes an interesting blog called Indsight. Charu read about Yellowikis on the ResearchBuzz pages and adds some thoughts on Yellowikis in the blog section if Indsight... this in turn triggers off a number of comments.
Frustrations, Questions, Doubts
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