Good Morning America did a story today on ChaCha.com, a new search engine that uses paid human beings (called guides) to find information for searchers. The searcher performs a query and then they wait for a human to return the results. I previously wrote about this and had voiced my opinion that I thought this was a service that was essentially antiquated. I mean why wait for someone to search for you when you can get results in literally nanoseconds at any one of the major search engines?
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.