Ask questions, get free answers. (For now.)

by Erica Sadun

Startup Ask For Cents is holding a free public alpha test of their new Google Answers-like service. Just send an e-mail to 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 or leave a comment.


2006-02-13 04:21:37
Or, "Ask questions, get free answers (always)" at the library your tax dollars are supporting. I can assure you that the librarians in any library would love to be challenged with a good question. I know I always am.

And all questions are good.

Mark Gardner
2006-02-14 07:44:32
Or you could use the Internet (originally Usenet) Oracle. Answers are more on the useless/humorous side, but it's been going strong for 17 years. Take that, Internet bubble!
2006-06-11 03:56:19
what role is played by 'off-thee-shelf softwaree' in the computer r market ?
Diana Serafimovska
2006-06-12 12:32:53
Is there a software program or any possible way to combine programmed slides of Microsoft Visual Basics 6.0 and C++ together on the same viewing slide and if there is, how??
2006-06-14 10:33:40