One of the rare services that Google was forced to shut down was Google Answers. Perhaps they anticipated that it was a battle they could not win because getting quick answers to your questions is easier than ever – on Twitter. You can, of course, just ask the question, but we’ve found five sites that try to add some structure to the process, and checked out if they’re worth your time.
This simple site searches Twitter for phrases such as “does anyone know?” and “why does?” and collects them all at one place.
ToAnswer lets you ask questions on Twitter by simply prefixing them with @toask. The answers are displayed in a nice Twitter-like interface, and questions are asked through a lightbox-style window that opens with your Twitter account.
Basically, you ask a question on Twitter, but instead of merely getting short answers, Squidoo will create a brand new Lens with a bunch of information on the topic you’ve asked about.
You ask a poll question, add some answer options (you can choose if it’s a one answer or multiple answers type of poll) and you’re done. You can share the poll via Twitter, email or Facebook.
twitQA is a very new site that lets you ask questions in different categories such as sports, travel, health, business & finance, cars and the like. Instead of using hashtags, twitQA recognizes questions and fetches them directly from the Twitter feed, which makes populating the question database easier.
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