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Awesome New Research Site: Ask Questions: Real Time Answers
Questions and Answers in Real Time
You all know I love to bring you the best possible information any time and anywhere I find it. Today's find comes in the form of www.askmefast.com I can't believe my luck in finding a place where I don't have to wait for an answer.
I am old enough to remember when Ask dot com was Ask Jeeves and they made you feel as though you had your own butler to answer all of your questions for you. Yahoo has their own answer site but often the questions are so obscure they never get an answer!
I have spent most of my research time in Google Searches posing a question instead of just entering keywords. The point is that keywords don't always take us to an answer and may take hours of clicking on links that look promising. I know we have all had our days of frustration in doing research this way.
The next option is going to a virtual library, but very often these libraries haven't been indexed the way that we are used to. In order to get the answer, you have to know what book or area of the library to find your answer.
Now HP has even gotten in the Q&A program so that we can actually help each other. That's really awesome. I have participated in the HP program, but the new site I found is going far beyond any of our former resources.
The Answers and The Questions...
It's great to check out Ask Me Fast when you need to find answers to your questions, but there's more to the site than that. This is a very interactive social site where there are "Answerers" on line waiting to answer people's queries.
It's more than just a forum. The front page of the site has the questions that have already been asked. Sometimes it's fun to just go and look at the questions and answers. You can get an idea of what people really want to know in real time.
For Hubbers, real time questions and answers give us a window into what is going on both in cyberspace and the real world. What questions are people asking? We usually have to use a host of tools and tricks of the trade to decipher that information so we know what to write about.
Niche research is a breeze on site because of the variety of categories listed down the left side of the web page. Whether you write about books, cars, technology or psychology, it doesn't matter, they have something in the list that applies to you. You can even decide based on the hottest questions or the newest answers. There's even a Popular tab based on which categories get the most answers and votes.
Finally as a promotional site you couldn't find a better place for hubbers. You can find out how many people are asking hard questions in your particular Niche and then write a hub on the subject matter. You are putting your name in the hat as an expert. The more you participate, the more credit your name will get. We are all very well aware of the importance of getting our names out there. I don't recommend posting links to your hubs in the forums, heaven forbid. What I do suggest is using the same nickname for Askmefast as you do for HP.
Joining Askmefast.com is easy and you can either register or sign in with Facebook, Twitter Google or Yahoo. When you sign up you start with fifty points and it costs ten to ask a question. Points are gained by answering questions and getting those answers voted on. Of course for us that's easy, we do this every day whether on hubs or in forums. If you want to really have your finger on the pulse of the internet traffic I think you'll want to check these guys out!
Big Hugs and Happy Hubbing!