Wird Google Answers eingestellt?

Laut einer Aussage auf dem offiziellen Google Blog, wird Googel Answers eingestellt.

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 product. Later this week, we will stop accepting new questions in Google Answers, the very first project we worked on here. The project started with a rough idea from Larry Page, and a small 4-person team turned it into reality in less than 4 months. For two new grads, it was a crash course in building a scalable product, responding to customer requests, and discovering what questions are on people’s minds.

Das könnte eine erste Reaktion auf die „Features not Products“ Kampagne der beiden Gründer sein. Oder Google hat da gerade etwas kleiner gekauft, das das Thema besser löst.

Im Gegensatz dazu hat Yahoo gerade eine PR-Geschichte mit Oprah Winfrey gestartet.

If you were given $1,000 to change the life of a perfect stranger, what would you do?

That is the big question Oprah Winfrey asks over on Yahoo! Answers. Her visit coincides with the airing of one of Oprah’s favorite challenges on her television show, where audience members get $1000 and a video camera to document how they choose to spend the money to help others. Meanwhile, the Yahoo! Answers community has responded with an outpouring of creativity and brotherliness – at the time of this post, there were more than 28,000 responses and rising fast, with people ruminating on spending the money locally versus sending the money overseas, where the effect could be greater.

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