A new social search site called ChaCha.com will pay people to answer questions online. CNet reports that ChaCha.com will pay what they call “guides” up to $10 per hour as they search for Web sites that contain answers to user questions. Additionally guides can invite other guides to the site and earn 10 percent of what the invited guides earn.
When a user asks a question, a guide is supposed to respond in a live chat window, providing a link that will contain the answer to the user’s question, as well as a snippet from the Web page referenced. Targeted ads appear next to results. The free site currently has about 2,500 guides.
It will be interesting to see if it is actually successful. I attempted a search and all I got was a message that stated, “Please wait while search results are retrieved …”. Mmm… maybe their servers can’t handle the traffic that CNet and other news sources are sending their way or possibly you have to wait for a real guide to respond to your query. Seems to me like this is something that would have come out before we had search engines that can retrieve results in nano seconds. I guess we will just have to wait and see… kind of like I am still waiting for my search query to be answered.