For this exercise I selected a site from the list of Web 2.0 Awards nominees at http://www.seomoz.org/web2.0#cat_66, under the category Questions and Advice, called Yahoo Answers http://answers.yahoo.com/, which is an interactive site for knowledge-sharing. This is not a search engine, but a site where you can pose a question and other people answer in real time. Obviously, you would not get an answer immediately, but if you had a specific question which Google or a similar search engine couldn’t provide the answer to, this would be a great place to go. Equally, you can share your knowledge with others by answering questions. An example of a question which I saw while browsing is How do you keep cats from climbing up the Christmas Tree??. I must say the first answer (“Screw the tree stand to the floor.”) seemed a bit extreme, until I read another (“Put mousetraps in the tree.”)! Pet repellent spray around the base of the tree seemed the most sensible solution.
This certainly looks a very promising and entertaining site, and one which I will no doubt use from time to time. It seems very simple to use. I think this would have an application in a library setting when schoolchildren pose those awkward questions from their homework assignments!