Yahoo! Answers: Data is the Next ‘Intel Inside’
This week’s blog is about the Web 2.0 Application, Yahoo! Answers. I will go on to discuss the second pattern; Data is the Next ‘Intel Inside’ from Tim O’Reilly’s ‘Design Patterns and Business Models’ and how Yahoo! Answers relates to this pattern.
So what is Yahoo! Answers?
Yahoo! Answers is a social networking site where people can ask and answer questions on any topic they wish. It is a shared online knowledge base service which provides a new method of finding and sharing information between users anywhere in the world. It allows people in the Yahoo! Answers community to share their facts, opinions and personal experiences. Below is an introductory video on Yahoo! Answers and Getting Started.
How is Yahoo! Answers the Next ‘Intel Inside’?
Tim O’Reilly refers to Data is the Next ‘Intel Inside’ as being perhaps one of the most important patterns of Web 2.0. He states that most Web 2.0 applications to date are essentially data-based. Although Yahoo! Answers is a user-driven platform, the data that is added and provided by its users allows Yahoo! Answers to be a data-driven platform. In the case of Yahoo! Answers, the data is the questions people ask and answers they provide. The more data there is, Yahoo! Answers becomes a much better online social experience.
Yahoo! Answers vs. Answers.com
Like Yahoo! Answers, Answers.com allows you to ask and answer questions as well. However, one key difference that I find with Answers.com is that it lacks that sense of a ‘community’ feeling which Yahoo! Answers has. Although Answers.com users provide somewhat more detailed answers than the Yahoo! Answers community, the Yahoo! Answers community provides data from their personal experience which most users want.
Who owns the data on Yahoo! Answers?
When you first post a question, you are able to edit the question by adding additional information that will help people to answer your questions. Once you have posted a question however, there is a waiting period of four days which gives users enough time to attempt and after questions. After this time has passed, questions and answers that you have posted cannot be removed in any way which then becomes the property of Yahoo! Answers.