Wikia, a company founded by Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia) has launched a new effort called World Wikia, which aims to create an editable worldwide guide of places to go and things to do. The company wants to leverage the expertise of the locals to build better travel resources than what is out there.
There is a lot of things I like about this service, such as that all the content is available under GDFL. Still, like most companies that plan to make money off the “user generated content,” Wikia doesn’t clearly say how it is going to share the profits with those who are writing the wikias! The commerce-community conundrum continues.
Wikia still has ways to be called user friendly! 43Things and 43Places are much easier to use. Photos and real world testimonials that are updated daily are easy to consume. Those two resources are more organic, and feel alive compared to other travel resources including Wikia. See it for yourself: Vancouver, one of my favorite cities on 43Places versus Wikia.