Aadvark: Ask Questions and Get Answered Socially
Aadvark is a service where you can ask a question and get answers from real people and not from a previously written web article. This community powered service lets you tap the knowledge and experience of people in your network and their friends. You can use the website to ask questions or join them in answering questions submitted by other users.
You can send Aadvark a question from the website (www.vark.com), IM, email, Twitter, or iPhone. You’ll be able to get quick help and helpful response from someone with the right knowledge and similar taste. Get recommendations, research help, advice, second opinions, tips, discoveries and a lot more from the service.
Most questions are answered within 5 minutes, and the vast majority are answered within 10 minutes. The speed of the answer depends upon the subject of your question, and the number of people in your network who are online. Questions that have more detail and questions with extra tags usually get answered faster.
How Aadvark treats your questions:
Aardvark analyzes incoming questions to determine what they’re about – questions might be about topics like *vegetarian recipes*, *dry cleaners in Wichita*, *iPod accessories*, etc.
Aardvark then searches through all of the people in your network who are available over IM or Email to find the right match for you for that topic. Aardvark considers…
• related topics in peoples’ profiles
• how you’re connected to people
• who you trust about related topics
• your history of training Aardvark
• people who share your favorites (for taste-related questions)
• people in the right location (for location-related questions)
• other mysterious factors…
If you have a question that cannot be answered by search engines and requires an answer from a real person, Aadvark is a great place to start looking for answers. This can be entirely useful when asking a question which relates to an event that just occurred and ones that does not have written articles (yet). If you don’t know where to start looking for answers and have time for long conversations with someone who really knows what he/she is talking about, this service is for you.