Use Aardvark to Get Answers You Trust

Post by David Pierce. Find me on Twitter.

iStock_000005911836XSmallI think I can safely say that most of us, when we have a question these days, do the same thing: we Google it. Everything from “when was Abraham Lincoln born?” to “how much cheese do I have to eat to set the world record?” can all be answered with a simple Google search, and it’s become the knowledge source of choice for many of us today.

But there’s a problem with those answers: why should you believe them? Just because the Internet says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. We’d rather get answers from people we know and trust, and to know the source of the answer, rather than just read it on some 13-year-old’s old Geocities page.

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Find The Answers to All Life's Questions

This is a guest post by Squealer from Squealing Rat.

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Getting answers to your questions is becoming an increasingly popular service to offer on the internet. Now there are several services that are different takes on this concept.

(David’s note: there are a couple of services here that are currently in an invite-only beta. We’ve gotten a few invites for each one to give to you, our wonderful readers. See the end of this post for how to score an invite – make sure to stay tuned, we’ll let you know when they go public!)

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Searching for Search Engines.

This post is by a new contributor to The 2.0 Life, Matthew Crow.

2349098787_2cd660c18c Lately, I have been looking for useful search engines besides Google. I have had to do a ton of research this year and I have a need for innovative search engines that help me find what I’m looking for faster and easier, and here are a few that I have found.

The sites below don’t necessarily have better results than you’d get from Google; what they do is show the results in a different and simpler way, or give you a unique way to search through things like images – which Google doesn’t handle very well.

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Ask: Ask And You Shall Receive

Search is great if you’re looking to do research, or find lots of information about something. But what if all you want to know is how tall the tallest man in history was?

8 feet, 11 inches. His name was Robert Wadlow, and he lived 1918-1940. I found that out with one mouse click, and about five seconds, using the updated Ask.com search engine. Continue reading