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Simple Answers to Random Questions: KGB, ChaCha, or Real Advice?

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I feel lethargic thinking about he amount of time people invested to gather information before the Internet. They actually had to leave their comfortable home and go search for data. Libraries, speaking to people, interviewing, pounding the pavement, etc.

Obviously, research is still done this way, and God forbid there ever be a day without books or communication, but for quick info these methods are seldom. Now, just plug your query into Google, and voila, information.

However, this has created an even lazier species. When you Google something, you are provided with an almost infantine amount of links and a plethora of information. Must we filter through all of this?

Luckily, there are websites that you can just submit your question and get answers. These search engines combine human brain-power and technology. Ask one of these websites a question and they will furbish you an answer.

Now these sites employ “experts” in the relative field, who are probably just Googling your question and providing you with a summary of what Google said. However, that is not a problem.

Now the accuracy COULD be questionable, and its not recommend you research your business model like this. However, if you need information about what blue tooth will work with your phone and still transmit your mp3s you may be in luck.

Instead of searching on Google, and being overwhelmed with paid ads, or SEO tight web-pages, just let these sites do the work for you. For a fee, ChaCha and KGB can transmit your answer to your cell via text message, or Real Advice will furbish you a free email answer.

The world at your finger tips, that’s what I’m talking about! Information needed = Answer provided. And to think, Charles Darwin had to go all the way to the Galapagos..

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Aardvark – Google Answers revamped??

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Google seems to have left no stone unturned to ensure that it remains the number one in the market. After buying orkut and a failed bid to conquer twitter, Google has now placed Aardvark into its already full kitty. On Feb 11, 2010, Google bought this social search service for $50 million.

So ,what is Aardvark?? It’s a simple service that allows you to post questions & receive answers from your friends. All you need to do is to ask Aardvark a simple question and it will forward it to the most appropriate person in your social network. This is done based on information available about the person’s hobbies & interests.And if reports are to be believed, you can get an answer to your question within 10 minutes.The site seems to be faring well with a query volume of more than 3000 questions per day.

But experts are skeptical about the success of this venture, primarily because a similar service had been launched by Google a few years ago. “Google Answers” anyone?? This much anticipated service from Google had sunk without a trace. And most importantly, Yahoo Answers remains one of the most popular sites for availing the search for answers facility. If Google’s Aardvark is to reach the top, it must overtake Yahoo.
Given that Aardvark makes use of the “ask-friends” type of service to solve users queries, it looks like it will have to compete hard against that “anyone-can-answer” policy of Yahoo.

But the number one reason why Google has gone in for Aardvark is obvious. They don’t want a third party service to eat into their revenue 🙂

I feel that ultimately, Aardvark will just be one among the many products that the search engine giant has acquired just to save its skin!

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