If you have a question, and can’t seem to find the answer, or would rather get someone else to do it, there are websites that can help. If Wikipedia etc can’t help you can try Google Answers. You offer them a fee, perhaps a few dollars, depending on the difficulty of the question, and they will search the internet for you. The Google Answers people often answer similar questions and therefore become specialists in that field. Perhaps you have a wide area of research to do, you can set a fairly high fee, and rely on the Google Answers team to do a good job for you.
David Kirk reports on TechRecipes on Google's Craig Silverstein presention at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Silverstein was asked, among other things, to compare Google Answers with Yahoo! Answers:
To Craig’s credit, he said nothing bad about yahoo (or Microsoft or anybody else) through the entire talk. He praised yahoo’s service and said that it is was a free version built more around respect than google’s model of payments. He thinks the competition will make both products stronger.
Interesting to me, Craig said that many of the people on google answers are actually stay-at-home mothers who can make extra money doing research for others.
Which got the following comment from one of the 500 GARs:
About this comment “Interesting to me, Craig said that many of the people on google answers are actually stay-at-home mothers who can make extra money doing research for others.”… I am a Google Answers Researcher, and some Google researchers are stay-at-home-moms! Also web designers, career counselors, writers, published authors,software writers, geeks, scientists, health care workers, graphic artists, ministers, social and mental health workers, members of MENSA, actresses, bartenders, business owners,archeologists, teachers, pilots,chefs, law enforcement-and these are the ones I know of! We come from a wide variety of fields and interests! The quality of Google Answers FAR exceeds Yahoo Answers - just compare our well researched answers to YA!
Quite right indeed!
I will report on another GA reference in my autumn post.