Bukisa.com is an online knowledge base that shares its ad revenue with knowledge contributors. The site features informational material in the form of articles, videos, presentations, audio recordings and image slideshows. Users can search for content by keyword or browse the content via a comprehensive category system. Contributors are reimbursed for their contributions based on how many times the contributions are viewed.
Bukisa is also a community, with some social networking aspects. The site has profiles, friends and messaging. Registered users can contribute content as well as take advantage of the social networking aspects of the site. A user who invites friends who subsequently contribute content also benefits from the content that the invited friends contribute. It does not cost anything to view the content on the Bukisa site, and much of the content is published under the Creative Commons License. Users can comment on content and can also vote on content by giving the content a rating of 1 to 5 stars.Show more screenshots »
Bukisa.com was launched in September 2008 by Simon Gelfand (currently CTO) and Eyal Halimi. The company is based in Ramat Gan, Israel. The site has grown steadily since launch, and currently serves hundreds of thousands of unique monthly visitors. The site has an Alexa page rank well below the 10,000 mark.
Competition to Bukisa comes from sites such as Ehow, About.com, InfoBarrel and WikiHow. It is similar to Ehow, but consists solely of UGC (user generated content), while Ehow has a large portion of its content contributed by professionals employed by Ehow. In this aspect, Bukisa is closest to InfoBarrel, which also consists entirely of UGC. WikiHow also consists of entirely user generated content, although in wiki format (articles are edited by multiple authors).
The Bukisa site has a relatively uncluttered look and feel. The site is responsive, but some pages take some time to load. Videos played seamlessly, with a convenient browser-based player being provided by the site. Navigation is intuitive, with a category list being shown on the left-hand side of most pages on the site. The top menu bar contains links to things such as the user’s profile, content and account settings. Advertising is displayed on the site and within videos, but it is relatively unobtrusive.
Registration is not required to view content on the Bukisa site, but is required to contribute content or to save favorite content, leave comments, have friends and message others. The registration process asks for display name, email address and password. Validation of the email address is required.
Bukisa is free to use, there is no premium membership offered by the Bukisa site. Contributors can earn a share of the ad revenue.
Bukisa could be useful for anyone who is searching for information on a subject or how to perform a particular task. The site has a large database of articles, videos, slideshows, presentations and audio recordings of an informational nature. The content is well organized, and can be found by searching or browsing the site. The Bukisa site is also recommended to anyone wishing to share their knowledge of a particular subject and possibly earn an income for it.