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new search engine model that employs thousands of paid "guides," who will provide live one-on-one help to users who need extra assistance tracking down online information. The free service, called ChaCha.com, goes live today as a test and is expected to go into full beta later this year.
Its got its kinks, but this is only Alpha. We will have to see how it progresses.
On the other hand, it might appeal to my father-in-law,
who has a daily 10 minute conversation with the guy who sells him the newspaper.
I envisioned people who was doing research, price comparison, or targeted search would mostly benefit from the niche, but my idea was a pay per search or pay for search method. Anyway, I never got started with it, it was just a thought of mine, but I always felt it could have potential, not for myself, because I was only a small network, but for someone who has a larger group or large network could potentially get someething like this off the ground. I am interested to see what ChaCha would accomplish, but as of yet I am not impressed, but I do understand that it is in beta stages and just open its doors, so I would continue to look onto its success.
Guide: Hi there. I will be helping with your search.
Guide: Hello, what kind of internet marketing are you looking for?
Guide: SEO, advertising, etc...?
Info Seeker: internet marketing tip
Info Seeker: about SEO good tip for free and effective
Guide: Ok let me find some sites with tips on SEO
Guide: The first listing is Webmasterworld.com
Guide: A online community of webmasters with fantastic resources about SEO and everything you could want to know about marketing and building a website!
Guide: Are these links of help?
Info Seeker: great thanks
[edited by: Dpeper at 11:39 pm (utc) on Sep. 6, 2006]
[edited by: BaseVinyl at 3:28 am (utc) on Sep. 7, 2006]
The comment was based upon the fact the site does not work at all. I don't have access to Internet Explorer so I don't know if it works with that browser, but based on previous comments it seems that it at least works a little.
No-one really uses firefox dude!
Sadly, I must concur with BaseVinyl as Firefox has dropped off the charts.
I get a about 500K visitors a month, lots of international/UK visitors, and Safari tops both Opera and Firefox usage which is sad.
Anyway, enough of this off topic debate, the ChaCha thing isn't even alpha and I would've expected to be be fired if I ever sent anything like this out for customers to see calling it "alpha" as I would've turned over our customer base to the competition.
I suspect when the CEO is sleeping there's no search results ;)
Couldn't even scroll up & look the whole chat box. So I was unable to type.
But I must say it may be a hit if the things workout properly and atleast someone is there to try break google's monoply.
I'm surprised they don't have a feature where a monk scrawls the serps onto a parchment and sends it to you via the postal service.
I can only see value in the service if the guides are experts on given subject areas. Otherwise they are doing no more than sending the top ranking sites after removing anything they visually identify as spam.
How is this going to pay off for the investors?
How will they stop me from working as a guide and prmoting my site?
How will they stop you from bribing me to promote your site?
How will they stop me from scripting a "bot guide" to promote my site?
This is a joke. They probably put it live to keep the VCs calm. ABANDON THE SHIP!
It also means something else in English but it's a little too naughty to print here...certainly opens some eyes though!
What would be a good slogan for this company? I'd like to see something like "Check out my ChaCha!"