Google Answers (beta)

"Live Researchers answer your questions on any topic for a fee." Seems you can pay someone to find answers for you using Google. I don't know. Are they stretching themselves a little thin now with this service? From their FAQ:

    Google's search engine is a great way to find information online. But sometimes even experienced users need help finding exactly the answer they want to a question. Google Answers is a way to get that help from Researchers with expertise in online searching. When you post a question to Google Answers, you specify how much you're willing to pay for an answer and how quickly you need that information. A Researcher will search for the answer and send you the information you're seeking, as well as useful links to web pages on the topic. If you're satisfied with that answer, you pay the amount you specified. Your question will also be published on the Google Answers website so registered users can add their insights and share in the benefit of the research.

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Google Blog?

'Google Answers' provides an area to browse currently asked questions and, if you are registered, you can comment to a question.

What I find interesting is that while some questions are asked, and provide the $ amount they are willing to spend for an answer, a comment may be posted answering the question. So, I guess there are opportunities where the original poster with the question does not have to pay a fee.

It looks to me that, essentially, a blog for searching the Web has been created.

For instance, see this question. While there is no response by Google to obtain the $5 from the person asking the question, there is, instead, an answer provider by a comment.


Err, Never Mind

I guess I am trying to 'figure out' Google Answers. I incorrectly assumed it was Google, itself, that would answer a question for a fee. Instead, users, who are registered as 'paid research agents,' provide answers.