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January 28, 2005

Answers.com - a challenger to Google?


The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg, the best tech writer in the world, yesterday devoted his "Personal Technology" column to Answers.com, a new search engine that responds not just with links, but also data.

Answers was created by GuruNet, an Israeli company.

GuruNet also happens to power the reference section of the A9 search function on Amazon's website.

Mossberg was very impressed with Answers, which - in and of itself - I guarantee you will keep people up even later than usual tonight at Google.

Mossberg wrote, "Answers.com is a start toward a new search paradigm where the object is to provide real instant information, not just links to pages where that information may, or may not, be found. I urge you to try it."

Well, I do everything Walt tells me to do, just like with my Rice Krispies.

Full disclosure: I have never met Walt Mossberg. I have, however, exchanged email with him and, on occasion, given him medical advice. No fee was charged, no bill was presented, no money - or any other sort of consideration - changed hands.

So anyway, I went to Answers.com and put - what else? - www.bookofjoe.com into the search box.

And all manner of interesting stuff came back.

Try it for yourself and see.

I found out all kinds of things about bookofjoe.

Including a place where people can even write reviews of bookofjoe.

Imagine that.

What will they think of next?

Here's a link to Mossberg's column; it's well worth reading.

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ever tried clusty.com?


Posted by: Neill | Jan 28, 2005 9:45:36 PM

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