A couple of years ago I became an avid user of Any Question Answered, a service that invites you to pose questions via text message (i.e. SMS) to a merry band of paid answerers who would then send you back an answer. Great service, the only problem was that it cost £1 plus network service charges for every question – not exactly cheap.
Today I’ve stumbled upon a great new service called Aardvark
which does a similar thing but with three big differences:
- The questions are sent to other Aardvark members (which of course means you have to be willing to answer questions yourself)
- It can be accessed via Live Messenger
- Its free!!!
Here’s the deal. You sign-up and it asks you to list topics (minimum of three) that you know something about. Thereafter you can send questions (max of 5 a day currently) to the service and it will go and search through all its members to find someone who would be best suited to answer (so far I’ve managed to find out that the best curry house in Twickenham is the Delhi Durbar).
At the moment you can’t sign-up immediately, instead you’ll be put on a waiting list. Fear not however, I’m in and I have a few invites left that I can send out so if you want one send me a private message (link is at the top of my Live Space) with your email address and your three chosen specialist subjects and I’ll send you an invite (if I have any left).
Cool stuff! One of those kinds of services that makes you say to yourself “Why didn’t I think of that?”.