Startup Ask For Cents is holding a free public alpha test of their new Google Answers-like service. Just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with a blank subject and your question in the body and a few minutes later you’ll receive a couple of answers to your question. For fun I sent in a rather large number of questions on everything from Mactel to Dashboard to the humiliating demise of England’s Edward II. Answers ranged from the useless to humorous to thoughtful.
AskForCents is built around Amazon’s new Mechanical Turk web service. During the alpha test, they’re paying 3 cents per answer, and providing at least 2 answers per question. One question I asked was about how much the answerers were netting. Their response? About 40cents to a dollar per hour.
If you give it a try, either as a questioner (free) or an answerer (you net 3 cents per question), let me know how it went. Send an email to email@example.com or leave a comment.