Google Touts Wisdom Of Crowds For Financial Help

Talk about irony: Although we’re living through a financial crisis that we created ourselves, Google is touting the so-called “wisdom of the crowds” to offer financial help. That’s the premise behind today’s announcement of TipJar.

TipJar is sorta like Yahoo Answers, only without the questions. It’s people submitting answers to the question, How can I save money? It’s also sorta like reddit, in that users can vote up or down on each tip. But as much as anything else, it seems like a working demo for Google Moderator.

It’s an interesting experiment and shows off Moderator’s capabilities quite well. Whether or not TipJar itself remains interesting will depend on the user contributions and quality of the financial advice. From a quick look around tonight, some of that advice seems useful…

useful advice

… and some not so much.

not useful advice

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Google: Moderator


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  • Winooski

    Thanks for the heads-up, Matt. Geez, what a terrible URL. Tip#1: Get a good domain first. [;-)]

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