Google Unanswered

Google exhibited here last year, but they’re not on the floor in 2006. However, the news out of California today was Google’s abandonment of its Google Answers project. To be honest, I found Google Answers an illuminating insight into what ordinary people thought the answer to a question was worth. And it wasn’t much. But at least Google Answers required people to put a dollar value on answers. This is quite different from Yahoo Answers, which seems to feature inane, unimportant, and sometimes silly questions that can be answered by just about anybody with no qualifications that are immediately evident. If Google Answers is dead, can Yahoo’s version be far behind?

Marydee Ojala
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