The long tail of Google Answers

Google Answers may be dead (sorry, “retired”), but some of its questions have taken on a life of their own. Prolific Google Answers customer and commenter probonopublico-ga tells this story in the GA Alumni Association group:

I had an amazing experience this week.

I had asked two questions on Google Answers last Sept/Oct about a man I believed to be an MI5 agent during the Thirties and Forties.

The Researcher (Answerfinder-ga) produced great answer including a name but (understandably) not his date of death which I needed in order to get a Death Certificate – which might have the effect of persuading the Home Office to open his file under the FOI.

His daughter had seen my questions and contacted Google Answers who refused to give her my details.

However, after Google Answers was ‘retired’ at the end of 2006, she found ‘the real me’ through this site and she then contacted me earlier this week via my own website.

Accordingly, I’ve now ordered a Death Certificate and she’s also giving me stacks of information about her Dad who’s a really interesting guy.

More than I could ever have hoped for!

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