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ChaCha.com a Google Killer?

January 9th, 2007 · 4 Comments

What do you get when you combine the human intelligence behind Amazon’s MTurk and Google’s clean and accurate approach to web searching: ChaCha.com

For a search engine ChaCha.com provides a clean interface and good results. But what is interesting is the human intelligence that’s injected into the equation. Can’t find what you need with other search engines? ChaCha.com offers the option to search with a “guide”, (someone trained in all things search.) This human factor is interesting and much more interactive when you can chat with someone to explain exactly what your looking for.

Unfortunately when I asked my guide for help finding a store in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells racellete cheese, I got back the digital equivalent of a blank stare and then she promptly ended the chat. So much for the human interface.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Thom // Jan 10, 2007 at 9:03 am

    You know what would be cool, is geo-searching. Google would be very good at this. Knowing where your IP address is, you can have alternate search results for your local area. In your example above, searching for the cheese, you could click on an alternate tab that shows sites with the key words you’re using and also your geo location. That would be fun.

  • 2 Tyler // Jan 10, 2007 at 9:39 am

    I totally agree. The sooner GPS becomes standard in all devices the better. The problem with the search engines is getting the local business support. Perhaps a strategic partnership with the local yellow page companies is the right angle.

  • 3 Business Education // Jun 1, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    It seems the search engine powered by infosearch

    I try chacha search engine with term “business education” what I find in numer 19 is dmoz result on business education and trainning.
    IMHO, dmoz is directory, it is not really relevance with the term. although it is directory about business education. but this is useless if pointing to other directory. Mostly people using search engine want result.

  • 4 My Top Secret Google Keywords | Tyler Whitaker's InfoTech // Feb 8, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    […] name of a specific cheese and a popular meal I fell in love with in Switzerland. I tried to find a local Salt Lake City supplier of racellete when I got back. I wrote a blog post about it. I think racellete is a misspelling. The correct […]

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