A friend of mine contacted me from Silicon Valley. He is working on an old and yet new way to get answers from the interweb: humans.
We all know about Google, Naver Q&A and Yahoo! Q&A, but this is an experience you need to try.
I was busy and not very reactive to his requests to try it, but it’s interesting. The app is just a beginning, but has huge implications. The app is simply called “Questions“.
How It Works
- Ask a question: You record a short video asking something, give it a one word name and wait for answers.
- Answer a question: Choose a title or a thumbnail that caught your attention and record a short video of you answering it.
- For example, I asked “What is the best month to visit California?” and someone answered within three hours.
What I Like
- The app is easy and very well adapted to a mobile experience. I can't imagine using this on a desktop.
- It's nice to see the face of the people answering your question. You can extract more information from facial expression than any textual response.
- Fast answers
- Lots of questions to answer
- Quality of answers may vary but you can ask questions you would not think of trying to fit into Google keywords.
What Could Be Improved
- Sometimes you don’t want to show your face, that’s one of the benefits of the Internet.
- The level of the questions and the short time to answer makes it hard to see any profound answers or debates.
- Even for factual questions, it’s always faster to type on a search engine.
- The UX and design is not perfect at the moment (dark theme), making the experience more awkward than necessary.
- There are not a lot of users at the moment and there's really no way to filter questions.
They are just starting out, but give it a try and tell me what you think.