Online answers services have been around for a while. Remember when Ask.com was AskJeeves.com? Yeah, Q&A services have come a long way since then. With all of the different services out there, we break down 3 of the most popular services on the web.
Yahoo! Answers: One of the most popular question and answer services on the web, Yahoo! Answers give users an opportunity to ask a wide range of questions and have them answered by a variety of different people. Other users who agree with that particular answer then vote the best answer to the top. One of the biggest benefits to this service is the large number of people using it. However, its biggest strength can also serve as its biggest weakness from time to time.
Quora: Started by ex-Facebookers, Quora is a relatively new question and answer service. What makes this service so great is the high quality responses that are provided on a wide variety range of intellectual topics. The lack of anonymity on the service, coupled with the famous contributors gives Quora a unique advantage of having a large number of quality responses. Add in the Twitter-like follow system for people and topics, and everything you want to know - including updated answers - is at your fingertips.
Stack Overflow: When it comes to highly technical questions, neither of these services - nor a Google search - holds a candle to Stack Overflow. Specifically designed for answering highly technical programming questions, Stack Overflow has an incredibly active and passionate user base. While this may not be the place to look for answers to most questions, if you have any sort of technical question, this should certainly be your first stop.
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