Hiogi launches – a crowdsourced mobile answers service

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hiogi.jpgWhat do you get if you cross Yahoo! answers with a service with Texperts, AQA or 63336? Hiogi. It’s a free service, accessible via the web, mobile web, text, skype or email, which lets you ask questions and get replies. The German-based start-up has just come out of private beta.

What you basically do is ask a question, and then wait till the community answers it for you. When the answer comes back you can rate it positively or negatively depending on whether it’s correct or useful or not. On the answering side, you download a ticket which gives you questions. Once you see one that you can answer, you can reserve it for 10 mins to answer it.

I’m not convinced that Hiogi’s going to gain a lot of traction in the UK market. There’s loads of German on the site, the ‘community’ doesn’t seem to be enormously active, and the prizes you win for being a top answerer aren’t terribly exciting.

On the other hand, the only way it’ll get better is if that community grows, so I encourage you to try it out, sign up, ask a few questions, and answer some too. Form your own opinion, come back here and let us know what you think in the comments.


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Duncan Geere
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