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Boot Camp feature for Monday, March 31, 2008

Ask question…get an answer…on the Web. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Google may be the big daddy of search engines….but it may not always be the best one to turn to. Answers.com…which evolved from Guru.net years ago…prides itself in helping you to get to useful information…more quickly. It's latest product is called WikiAnswers. CEO Bob Rosenschein….

"WikiAnswers is in the spirit of Wikipedia. Wikipedia, as everybody knows, is the world's largest online encyclopedia. Anybody can edit it. You can edit it. If you see a mistake or want to enrich a page, you can make the Wikipedia page better. Of course, there's back and forth, you can also vandalize a page. But typically, on the average, the quality of a Wikipedia page goes up over time. And that's why it's such a trusted, useful source of information. Well we are not the Wikipedia of encyclopedias, we are the Wikipedia of online Q&A. That means that if you have a question, you ask it of our community, you can go to WikiAnswers.com, and type in a question. Anything. It could be health related. It could be relationships. It could be automobiles. It doesn't matter. You ask a question and other people will answer it."

And those answers can be refined over time. If you happen to ask something that hasn't been asked before…it can take some time to get an answer…and most of us have gotten used to getting information in an instant on the net. You can create an anonymous username and password…to come back and check for replies. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.