Google Answers to shutdown

US-search giant Google has announced that it is shutting down its Google Answers service due to the community’s small size and a shift in its product development focus.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  November 30, 2006

US-search giant Google has announced that it is shutting down its Google Answers service due to the community’s small size and a shift in its product development focus. In an e-mail sent out to researchers worldwide, the Google Answers team stated, “We considered many factors in reaching this difficult decision, and ultimately decided that the Answers community’s limited size and other product considerations made it more effective for us to focus our efforts on other ways to help our users find information.” Google Answers, which was launched four years ago, provides paid-for answers to online users’ questions by drawing on contributions by real people, rather than the algorithmic search results for which Google is better known. In our Know it all feature, the Windows team tested Google Answers and awarded the service with our Editor’s Choice award. According to the firm, today is the final day that users can post questions and December 30 will be the final day that researchers can post answers. The firm also revealed that the existing site content, including questions, answers and comments, would remain active for now. Moreover, while users won’t be able to earn money by answering new questions, Google revealed that it would like to share AdSense revenue generated by questions the researchers have already answered. This is not the first time that Google has closed a service. Two years ago, the firm closed Google Viewer, an app which organised search results in a single scrolling slideshow, and Google Voice Search - a voice-activated service.

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