November 30, 2006

'Google Answers' accepts defeat to Yahoo answers!!!!

The Fee Based Google Answer Service is closed! A very rare defeat accepted by Google. 'Google Answers' was based on an idea by the company's co-founder Larry Page and enlisted researchers to find answers to submitted questions at rates ranging from $2 to hundreds of dollars.

"Google is a company fueled by innovation, which to us means trying lots of new things all the time -- and sometimes it means reconsidering our goals for a project," a Google official wrote on the company blogsite.

What is the reason behind this decision? Read on:

It seems Yahoo's free Answers service took away all the traffic from Google, forcing it to admit a rare defeat. On Wednesday, Google went public with its decision, saying that it would stop accepting questions this week and post the last of the answers by the end of the year.

Incidentally, the decision comes only months after Microsoft launched a similar no-charge service called Windows Live QnA. The Answers services on the web tap into the online community for responses to queries.

My View on what caused Google to take this decision:

Google Answers had become simply redundant on the face of its hyper-efficient search engine and its extraordinary algorithms, which are now so good that most people no longer need to pay others to answer questions for them. They can do it themselves quickly, and for free.


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