It appears that Google needs people afterall. It appears that over the weekend Google launched a new “small fee” service aimed at providing users with web research beyond “I’m feeling lucky”. From the Google-Answers site: “More than 500 carefully screened Researchers are ready to answer your question for as little as $2.50 — usually within 24 hours.”
Update: Let’s see if this works… I’ve coughed up my credit card & posted a question to the service at a grand bounty of $3.50 USD.
First, I put the bounty at $3.50 USD thinking this would be the most regular-joe would spend on such a thing before just doing the research him or herself, and I left the question a bit vague to see how they’d deal with this.
Better yet, let’s see how they compare to you. See comments below.
P.S. As a side note, Google may or may not do your homework for you, kids.
Well, can you beat “500 carefully screened Researchers”?