Google’s Orkut Gets Polls; Answers Next?

The wisdom of orkut from the Official Google Blog covers how Google’s social networking site Orkut now allows people to post polls. No big deal? Perhaps not. But it also makes me wonder if it’s a first step toward trying to give Orkut an answer search roll for Google.

Yahoo Answers — where a community provides answers to each other — continues to gain steam. Yahoo recently added social networking features to Yahoo Answers, and LinkedIn added LinkedIn Answers to its own social networking service back in January.

Google had its own Google Answers service, of course. That was a fee-based service using freelance answering staff that was shuttered at the end of last year. It was hardly a community, as with Yahoo Answers. So you have to wonder if Google is thinking about trying to push the community service it does have, Orkut, into the answer search space. Polls could be a first move in that direction.

More on the new polls feature can be found here on Orkut.

Related Topics: Channel: Social | Google: Orkut | Search Engines: Answer Search Engines


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  • Carl

    I am glad Google shuttered this service. Sad thing is theirs was better than the terrible and irresponsible Yahoo Answers. Since Yahoo Answers added the “top contributor” feature those who where this banner are even certain to get voted or picked “best answer”. The problems lies (And I can say this with authority as I have been in the aquarium maintenance and research business for over 28 years now) is that very poor advice is rewarded and passed along like was correct and what is worse is this advice can and will end up killing fish, and even breaking aquariums (based on one really bad answer I read). Yahoo needs to step up to the plate and stop this joke now!
    For more please read my blog about this.

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