How many researchers are there?

How many Google Answers researchers are there? If you go to the Google Answers Home Page it says that “More than 500 carefully screened Researchers are ready to answer your question” (you don’t see that message when you are logged in).

How many of those researchers have answered questions? Knowledge_seeker-ga counted 57 who had answered one or more questions within the last 60 days.

Researchers come and go. I have answered quite a few questions recently, yet I’ve been very inactive at times. Twice I have received a December check from Google for a mere $1.50, for answering just one $2 question. It seems that on December 31st the accountants like to square the books.

Anyway, back in 2004 Benjamin Edelman of Harvard University studied Earnings and Ratings at Google Answers. He checked all the answers posted from the start of the service in April 2002 until November 2003, and found 534 distinct question answerers.

There is a lot of other fascinating information in Edelman’s study. For example, did you know that tipping correlates with number of links provided in the answer? Edelman also found that earnings increased with researcher experience – he estimated that every extra question a researcher answers raises their earnings by about two cents per hour.

Coming back to those 534 researchers: what else do we know about them? We know they come from many parts of the globe – aceresearcher-ga once assembled a partial list and found researchers from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey and the United States.

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