Search Engines trust their own Answers

Yahoo also has an Answers service. It's very different from Google Answers, because the Yahoo questions are limited to 110 characters, and no cash changes hands. Yahoo Answers has now come out of beta and is being “integrated” into their core search services.

Yahoo was corporate-blogging about how “questions and answers are being surfaced within results“, and gave as an example a search for best dog for apartment, where the YA question/answer appears on the first page of the results.

Nicholas Carr decided to look into this more deeply. He found that a Google search for best dog for apartment returned a Google Answers question/answer on the first page of the results, with YA on page three.

Back on Yahoo, GA was nowhere to be seen, and MSN Search didn't return either the GA or YA pages.

Search engines trust their own answers.

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