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Google Q&A

Google has announced a new service integrated into their search results. Just ask a question and at the top of the results you may get a specific answer.

Google offers a number of examples from their blog, such as “who is bono”, “how many moons does jupiter have”, etc. I played around myself and here are my observations:

  • Google knows “who is bono”, “who is snoop dog”, “who is superman”, “who is halle berry”, but doesn’t know “who is christina ricci”. I’m sure there are more.
  • When I type in “what is the population of reno, nv” the results return the population for Nevada, but not Reno.
  • Google does not know the price of gold or “what is gold pressed latinum”
  • Google knows the running time for “braveheart” but not “die hard”, and does not know the release date for “serenity” (does anybody?), or “revenge of the sith”
  • Google does not know “who invented the internet”? I thought everybody know that was Al gore
  • A search for “who is bono” produces a line at the top, “The following words are very common and were not included in your search: who is.” but searching for “bono”, “who bono” or “is bono” does not produce the Q&A result. The main results themselves seem to change with and without those words as well. I guess this means that those WERE included in in the search.

Conclusion: Google Q&A is a neat feature, but certainly has a long way to go.

Stoney G deGeyter

Stoney deGeyter is the author of The Best Damn Web Marketing Checklist, Period!. He is the founder and CEO of Pole Position Marketing, a web presence optimization firm whose pit crew has been velocitizing websites since 1998. In his free time Stoney gets involved in community services and ministries with his “bride enjoy” and his children. Read Stoney’s full bio.

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