Yahoo Answers now has its own standalone app. This mobile version of the inexplicably popular website lets you ask and answer questions on your smartphone. Or, if you just read Yahoo Answers for a laugh, just read the terrible questions and the even more terrible answers.
Anyone who has ever searched for anything on the internet will have encountered Yahoo Answers at some point. It’s one of those strange cornerstones of the web everyone knows about but no one admits to using. However, 3 million people do use it in the U.S. every month.
Buoyed by the seemingly enduring appeal of Yahoo Answers, Yahoo has launched Yahoo Answers Now. This brings all of the fun of Yahoo Answers to your smartphone. Yahoo Answers Now has actually been masquerading as Yahoo Hive for several months, but its true identity has now been revealed.
Yahoo Answers Now is currently available on iOS by invitation only. So if you want to get involved you’ll need to “request an invite code by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Yahoo Answers Asks the Dumb Questions
Yahoo should be applauded for finally focusing on mobile applications, even if the company is several years behind the curve. The problem with Yahoo Answers, however, is that it’s full of ridiculous or inane questions and equally ridiculous or inane answers.
At the time of writing one of the questions trending on the Yahoo Answers homepage is, “If the indians in North Dakota pipeline hate America so much, why don’t they just go back to india?” With an addendum pointing out that, “Nobody asked them to come to America anyway!!!” Which says it all, really.
There is gold lurking in Yahoo Answers for those willing to dig deep enough to find it, but generally speaking Yahoo Answers is a bit of a joke. Perhaps Yahoo Answers Now will change all that, bringing new people with new perspectives on board. Or is that just wishful thinking?
Do you use Yahoo Answers on a regular basis? If so, do you use it to actually learn? Or merely as a source of entertainment? Are you keen to try Yahoo Answers Now? Is Yahoo right to focus on creating mobile apps? Please let us know in the comments below!
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