• Answers Acquires Online Merchant Review Service ResellerRatings

    Answers Acquires Online Merchant Review Service ResellerRatings

    Q&A site Answers today announced that it has acquired ResellerRatings, a site that calls itself “the web’s leading independent resource for helping shoppers find the best online retailers.” ResellerRatings currently features about 1 million reviews of just under 40,000 online stores. The site gets about 2 million monthly visitors who add around 1,000 new merchant ratings… Read More

  • TA Associates Invests In Q&A Site

    TA Associates Invests In Q&A Site

    Q&A platform is announcing a ‘significant’ minority investment from private equity firm TA Associates. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed. Answers operates a community-generated Q&A site at, and was acquired by AFCV Holdings, a portfolio company of Summit Partners, for $127 million in cash last year. AFCV then delisted Answers… Read More

  • Gets Gutted By Its New Owner: Massive Layoffs, CEO And CTO Out

    AFCV Holdings, a portfolio company of growth equity investor Summit Partners, is axing the majority of people working for Q&A site parent company Answers Corporation, which it acquired earlier this year for $127 million in cash. According to Israeli business paper Calcalist, 45 out of 65 employees in the company’s offices in Israel were fired, including founder and CEO… Read More

  • Why I Don’t Buy the Quora Hype

    Let me start with a disclaimer: I am not writing this in my capacity as a university professor or researcher; I don’t claim to be an expert on social networking; and I will be happy to be proven wrong—I have no vested interest in the success or failure of Quora.  And given the fire I’ve already taken for tweeting an opinion that defies the Valley’s infinite wisdom, I… Read More

  • Hits 10 Millionth Answer, Launches Its First iPhone App (blufr)

    Answers Corporation, which owns and operates a community-generated Q&A site at, this morning announced that its database of answers now tops 10 million. In conjuction with the announcement, Answers Corporation is today debuting its first iPhone app, a free fast-paced trivia game dubbed blufr. Read More

  • Swingly's Answer Engine Comes Out Of Stealth Swinging And Killing Zombies

    An insane number of searches on the web involve people asking questions. Sometimes they’re good questions, sometimes they’re stupid questions, sometimes they’re insane questions. Just start typing something into Google beginning with the words “How” or “Why” for proof of this — the auto-suggest speaks for itself. Sadly, Google isn’t great… Read More

  • Exclusive: Gets 200,000 Video Answers From 5Min

    Exclusive: Gets 200,000 Video Answers From 5Min

    Every big publisher on the Web wants to be able to serve up ad-friendly videos, but creating them can be a pain. But there are already plenty of high-quality videos out there in every subject imaginable. With that in mind, has quietly launched Video Answers with about 200,000 videos from video distribution network 5min on everything from home repair and fashion tips to cars… Read More

  • Starts Answering Questions On Twitter

    Twitter has always been good for getting immediate answers to the most esoteric questions. Usually it is someone who is following you who supplies the answer, and those are always the best ones. But Q&A sites also want in on the supplying answers to people with questions on Twitter. One of the biggest Q&A sites on the Web,, now offers answers to anyone who Tweets a… Read More

  • Who's Scorched Up comScore In September, You Ask?

    What site has jumped five spots between August and September to become the 13th most visited site in the US, leapfrogging properties like New York Times and Viacom Digital? Here are some hints: It’s listed on the NASDAQ. It was founded in Israel and its R&D center is located in Jerusalem. It has raised funding from high-profile angel investors Dr. Yossi Vardi and Ron Conway. Can… Read More

  • Ask Waves Its Arms To Tell Everyone It Also Does Q&A Search

    One of the most active sub-genres of search right now in terms of startup and new product activity is question and answer sites. Some searches are subjective and best answered by another human being. The success of Yahoo Answers proved this and spurred a raft of competitors to try their own hand at making Q&A better. These include Answerbag, Wiki Answers, Mahalo Answers, Aardvark… Read More

  • Now Owns

    Question and answer reference site has purchased’s parent company, Lexico Publishing, for $100 million in cash. Lexico can really serve all your lexical needs because it also owns and The deal is expected to close later this fall. The deal has some major benefits for In 2006, Lexico generated revenues of $7 million… Read More