Google alumni launch new answer brokering site
Uclue.com aims to fill gap left after Google Answers was shuttered
Computerworld - A group of former researchers for the Google Answers search and research service have launched a new answer brokering Web site.
A beta of the site, uclue.com, was launched Feb. 28 with about 35 former Google Answers contract researchers tackling questions from users. Google Answers, which was launched in 2002, stopped accepting new questions in December, although answers to previous questions are still posted on the site.
Emily Moore, whose researcher handle at uclue.com is "journalist," said the impetus for reviving the concept of a question-and-answer site came from a group of former Google Answers users looking for help with questions.
The goal of uclue.com is "to assist people who don't have the time to search for themselves or don't know how to search, how to get into the deep Web," she said. "The niche that uclue fills is for quality detailed, comprehensive information. People are quite willing to pay for that."
For now, the site is only allowing those who worked as researchers at Google Answers to tackle questions. Since the site launched, it has received 100 questions from users, Moore said.
Some questions have included how to donate a kidney in Britain and why there are two high tides each day.
Users post a question and a suggested value between $5 and $250 that they will pay for the answer. Users also can provide a tip to the researcher who answers their question. If a user is not satisfied with an answer, a refund will be provided, Moore said. The site will not write an essay for a student or complete a homework assignment, she added. It also will not provide personal details about a living person.
Unlike Yahoo Answers, which allows users to post answers to questions for free, "a paid answer service not only produces better answers, it also attracts better questions," Moore said.
Read more about Networking in Computerworld's Networking Topic Center.
- 6TB Oracle Ecommerce Stack Deployed on AWS in 7 Days A Fortune 1000 company was told that it would take more than 6 months to deploy their ecommerce stack on AWS. CloudVelocity deployed...
- Mission Critical: Managing Mobile Applications & Content Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices have become embedded in enterprise processes, thanks to the consumerization of IT and a new generation of...
- Securing Mobility, From Device to Network At one time, the process of managing and securing mobile devices and applications was fairly straightforward. Most organizations worried about one application (email)...
- Planning for Mobile Success Many organizations are seeing clear and quantifiable benefits from the deployment of mobile technologies that provide access to data and applications any time,...
- Keep Servers Up and Running and Attackers in the Dark An SSL/TLS handshake requires at least 10 times more processing power on a server than on the client. SSL renegotiation attacks can readily...
- On Demand: Mastering the Art of Mobile Content Management Mobile device usage in the enterprise has skyrocketed, and it continues to escalate. IT must answer to users who demand access to their... All E-business White Papers | Webcasts