is distinctive in that its entire service and entire employment relationship occur online.
Unfortunately, the demise of Google Answers
and the spotty quality of the free human-search services suggest that there isn't a middle ground between quick look-up questions (the last ten winners of the Super Bowl) and high-end analysis (the prospects for biofuels in Brazil).
Nowadays, reference often happens online, referrals come from Web sites, and services like Google Answers
purportedly perform reference like the pros.
Some products developed over the past five years include Google Image Search, Google Search Appliance, Google Groups Usenet discussion service, Google Answers
, and Google Catalog Search.
When I consider the services that Google has recently terminated, I cannot help noticing that most of them did not offer an opportunity for displaying ads--Google Reader, Google Answers
, Google Apps, and even Google Labs.
Lively, Google Buzz, Google Video, Google Wave, Google Answers
, Google TV, and Google TV 2 are just the abject failures I can list off the top of my head.
Researchers are screened and approved independent contractors who are paid for posting 'answers' to the site."
The claim to subject expertise filters out such popular information offerings as Google Answers
, which requires nothing more than that its researchers be 18 or older and reasonably adept at finding information on the Web, as well as numerous other peer-based question-answering sites.
* Google Answers
(http://answers.google .com) is an area that lets you post a question and specify how much you're willing to pay for an answer.
Later that month, Google announced a new research service called Google Answers
that allows users to pay researchers to find answers for them, and then at the beginning of May, they announced an enormous win when AOL chose to forgo Overture and use Google as the AOL internet search engine and also display related advertisements along with the searches (as they do on Google.com).
Then there's Google Answers
. "This never existed before," says Silverstein.
Even mighty Google has launched Google Answers
, its own "Ask-A" service.