Google Questions and Answers
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|Web address||google.com/baraza/ otvety.google.ru|
|Type of site||Knowledge market
|Available in||English and French (as Baraza), Russian (as Q&A)|
|Launched||June 28, 2007|
Google Questions and Answers (Google Otvety, Google Ответы) is a free knowledge market offered by Google that allows users to collaboratively find good answers, through the web, to their questions (also referred as Google Knowledge Search). It was launched on June 28, 2007 and replaces the fee-based Google Answers service, discontinued on December 1, 2006. Google had chosen Russia as the first country to launch this new service.
Technologically, Google service most closely resembles analogous services by mail.ru, Naver and Yahoo!. It is pseudonymous: the nicknames of the authors of questions and answers are shown right next to their contributed content. Google uses question tagging to help users find relevant questions.
As most services of this kind, Google provides an incentive system to motivate people to answer questions. It is based on assigning points for actions and a system of levels loosely based on the Russian system of academic degrees. An interesting feature of the incentive system is that Google's reward for visiting is higher than for posting an answer.
The site has since been launched in English and French as Google Baraza at a completely different URL.
Google Answers' predecessor was also called Google Questions and Answers and was launched in August 2001. The previous service had Google staffers e-mailing responses to questions for free. It was up and functional for about a day. The demand may have overwhelmed their resources.
Google bought a similar site for $50 million in 2010, but discontinued it in 2011. Google has earlier done the same thing with others services that they later have integrated within their own software. The site was called Aardvark.
- West, Jessamyn (1 October 2002). "Information for sale: my experience with Google Answers". Searcher.
- "Google Answers". knol.google.com. 12 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
- Google Questions and Answers (Russian)
- Google Baraza (English) (French)
- Announcement about the new service in Google Russia blog (Russian)