This just came in from Gary Price by way of the ERIL-L listserv:
After 4+ years Google has announced that they are stopping the Google Answers
This RS post:
has info and links as well as:
1) Google Answers history and the rise of Yahoo Answers
2) This is not the first time a large engine has shutdown a QnA service
3) Offer a look at the many QnA services (free) that libraries offer 24×7 from
any web computer. I added this section since many RS readers are not
4) Point out a comment from Google’s Marissa Mayer about her take on Google
services. She told BusinessWeek earlier this year that 60 to 80% of Google’s
products many eventually go away.
Gary D. Price, MLIS
Director of Online Information Resources, Ask.com
Editor, ResourceShelf and DocuTicker
Google is actually getting slightly smaller . . . believe it ot not . . .