Google axes its Answers service

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googleanswers.jpgOne of Google’s longest running projects, Google Answers, has been axed. The service which linked up us ordinary folk with the boffins who could provide us with the answers to complicated questions is being archived and won’t be updated.

The official Google blog says, “If you have a chance, we encourage you to browse through the questions posted over the last 4+ years. Although we won’t be accepting any new questions, the existing Qs and As are available. We’ll stop accepting new Answers to questions by the end of the year.”

“Google Answers was a great experiment which provided us with a lot of material for developing future products to serve our users. We’ll continue to look for new ways to improve the search experience and to connect people to the information they want.”

The service wasn’t free and there are plenty of other services – albeit potentially less reliable – that users may well have turned to instead.

Still, it’s given Google some ammunition for their next round of services.

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Andy Merrett