Sunday, November 28, 2004 ::: Wondir and Abuzz?
It's true that Wondir and Abuzz are not altogether different. Yet their differences far outweigh their similarities. You had to be a member to ask and answer at Abuzz, as far as I'm aware. At Wondir, you don't need to sign up. You just show up at Wondir.com and type your question into a big box, just as if you were using AskJeeves or Google. That's it. Seconds later you may be getting instant message responses from other people out there that have answers to your question. You don't even have to choose a category or an expert etc to send your question to. It's all taken care of for you. The web-based instant messaging feature and high-speed question board reduce response times to minutes, sometimes seconds. Yes, there have been hundreds of Q&A sites to date, and they're all different from one another, but despite their differences, in the end, they're still much more similar to one other than they are to Wondir, the black (or actually green) sheep of the bunch.
::: posted by Allen Searls at 1:41 PM
Friday, November 26, 2004 ::: 3G Search: Wondir, very familiar model
Esteban Kozak, the author, mentions that he was "amazed to learn that Wondir's strategy is practically an exact copy of our initial vision." I'm wondering what company or website "our" refers to. I looked around on Esteban's blog but didn't find a reference to the website or company he's talking about, although I'm quite curious. Also did a quick search on the "3G Search" but didn't find much right off the bat.
::: posted by Allen Searls at 1:09 PM
Wednesday, November 24, 2004 ::: Inflatable Church. This is no joke :)
::: posted by Allen Searls at 3:19 PM
The Search Lounge. Search engine reviews by Stingo.: Wondir
Wondir gets an in-depth review from Stingo. Although the review is mixed, it's very helpful to get this much point for point feedback. All in all, judging Wondir from a "quality of results" p.o.v. may be unfair this early in the game, given that unlike search engines, we don't have the critical mass of online users/answerers or searchable content (in the form of previous asked questions with answers) to really show off what Wondir can do. But if/when we have thousands of questioners and answerers online at any given time, and tens of millions of previous asked questions with answers to search, then I think the same reviewer would have quite a different experience (even if our UI and technology stayed exactly the same). Either way, really appreciate people taking the time to look into Wondir in this much depth. I'll be sure to save Stingo's review.
::: posted by Allen Searls at 1:10 PM
Saturday, November 20, 2004 ::: John Battelle's Searchblog: Grokking Wondir
::: posted by Allen Searls at 12:18 PM
Saturday, November 13, 2004 ::: Wondir member feels the love
We try to respond to everything that comes in. We're still small enough that a single comment/suggestion from a user can trigger a change, a new feature, etc, and alter the course of Wondir's future.
::: posted by Allen Searls at 12:55 PM
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 ::: Wondir.com Partners with RateMyTeachers.com
RateMyTeachers.com is very cool and we're proud to power their Live Q&A function. RateMyTeachers gives students the chance to grade their teachers. They're growing very fast, have millions of ratings already, and chances are whatever/wherever your school may be, they've got it covered and teachers are being rated by their students. If you visit their home page and click on Find Your School, you can zoom in on your elementary, high school, etc, and rate your teachers (or see how your former teachers are being rated.) You'll also see a scrolling question ticker and ask-box, like the one at the top of this blog, that their members are using to Q&A with each other about their teachers, etc.
Their sister site is RateMyProfessors.com, also worth checking out.
::: posted by Allen Searls at 5:51 PM