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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Google Answers

I heard last week that Google Answers is history.

It is.

Luckily Google will be keeping the archives online.

What did them in? Competition. Yahoo! Answers in particular.

Yahoo! harnessed what Google always had, an army of folks willing to answer questions for free. Google charged for their answers. Yahoo doesn't.

Is the quality of answers better? Do you get what you pay for? I don't know.

I am glad, however, that Google Answers is leaving their archive online. I tap into it when I need to.

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