Google Answers – Discontinued

I just learned from Dan at Jenkins (and then from Search Engine Watch) that Google Answers is being discontinued.

Google Answers lets you post a question that you want answered by any one of Google’s 500 screened researchers. You specify a price that you are willing to pay for the information, starting at $2.50. Once your question is answered it is added to the database so that others can browse or search it for free. You can also rate the response.

The service never took off. People just don’t want to pay for information. (Which is why membership libraries such as Jenkins have to beg for members.)

4 comments

  1. I’m not surprised that Google Answers failed. This sort of thing was tried years ago with InfoRocket and some other ventures (unfortunately I can’t remember any names at this time). They all went nowhere. It’s hard to compete when libraries offer better services for free.

  2. I’m not surprised that Google Answers failed. This sort of thing was tried years ago with InfoRocket and some other ventures (unfortunately I can’t remember any names at this time). They all went nowhere. It’s hard to compete when libraries offer better services for free.

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