In a recent article by ClickZ.com Tess Wegert describes www.chacha.com -a new search engine that works with professional searchers (real people) or interactive guides. It's kind of like if you threw a search engine, chat room and about.com together to help get the info most relevant to your search. I just had to try this one out for myself. Here's the conversation I had with my guide:
Status:Connecting ... Status: Looking for a guide ... Ring: ...Status: Connected to guide: Deborah(23079) Deborah(23079):Welcome to ChaCha! Deborah(23079):Hello Welcome to chacha I will be helping you with your search You: Hi. I'm trying to find the best price on fruit of the loom boxers for my husband Deborah(23079): ok one moment while I search for that Deborah(23079):Thanks for being patient! Rest assured I'm finding the most relevant results for your search. (this was posted after about 1 minute of searching) You: great! thanks deborah. I think i found what i needed. Deborah(23079): Is there anything else on this topic I can find for you today? Deborah(23079):O you are welcome You: have a great day. :-) Deborah(23079): well you have a great day and thank you for using chacha.com Deborah(23079):bye now please come back to chacha for your next search Deborah(23079):Please RATE ME. Thanks for using ChaCha. Status:Session ended.
Deborah pulled up 3 very relevant sites within a matter of 2 minutes. Not to mention - its kind of nice interacting with a human being instead of an algorithm.
I don't know about you, but when I have to do a complex search in Google, I'm almost always frustrated. Chacha.com was pretty easy and I can really see myself using it on a regular basis.
Looking for cheap pay-per-click or banner ads? Read the article from ClickZ as it outlines why chacha.com may be a good investment.
How long do you think it will be before Yahoo! and Google follow suit? I give it 6 months tops.