Google Answers Ends Its Run

by admin November 30, 2006 at 6:23 am

If you have a question for Google Answers, you better hurry up and ask it. Later this week, Google will shut down the service, which allowed people to pose questions, for a fee, in the hopes of getting the perfect answer.

The company has no plans to replace Google Answers directly, but believes “there is value in enabling people to help others in answering their questions,” according to a company spokeswoman.

“While many people used and valued Google Answers, Google had reached a point with the product to recognize there may be a better way to meet these individuals’ needs,” the company said in a statement to

The decision to eliminate Google Answers is a response to competing services offered by Yahoo and MSN, Gartner analyst Allen Weiner said. Unlike MSN (Quote) and Yahoo (Quote), Google charged users. Paying for answers enabled high-quality responses, the company argued.

In a blog post, Google explained the Answers service was an experiment. “Sometimes it means reconsidering our goals for a product,” according to the official blog.

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