Podcast about mobile with Bob Rosenschein

Peggy Anne Salz of MSearchGroove – a knowledge portal for mobile search, mobile advertising, social media and more – published her fabulous podcast interview with Bob Rosenschein, Founder and CEO of Answers Corporation, after hearing him speak at the ThinkMobile conference last week.

Bob spoke about the growing success of WikiAnswers.com, mobile search, mobile SEO and user experience among other topics.

Salz’s take:

In view of WikiAnswers.com’s increasing popularity, I decided to take a closer look at the company’s future roadmap. I caught up with Bob to get the inside track on his company’s mobile ambitions, discuss the key criteria for an optimal mobile search experience, and the role of mobile advertising in the scheme of things.

Listen to the podcast here:

Answers.com CEO Bob Rosenschein Warns Roadblocks To Mobile Advertising & Mobile Search; Mobile SEO Is Critical

Nothing like a bit of MRA.

MRA

MRA: No, that’s not a new rap artist or government office. MRA stands for something so much greater: Matthew Ryan Albert.

Since December 2007, MRA has been working hard on WikiAnswers.com and has set a role for himself as a WIT member, WikiGuide, and Silver contributor. Going further, he’s a Category Supervisor covering Computer GamesAmerican Idol, Guitar Hero, Wind Instruments, Saxophone, Counter Strike, Jagex, and Alto Saxophone.

MRA is also a student with all kinds of hobbies and experiences; exactly what the WikiAnswers community thrives on. Let’s take a look at what else MRA has to offer:

How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers?

Back in 2007, during the school year I was looking for a place to get some factual information for school. I used the site for about a year as a guest, then I decided that I would sign-up just for the heck of it. I signed up, and I asked questions for about half a year, not getting the full experience of WikiAnswers. One day I decided that I would try answering a few questions and doing a little bit of research.

Explain your username.

My username is actually not that unique, and I regret not spending a little longer making it up. My username is just initials of my full name, Matthew Ryan Albert.

What motivates you to volunteer your time to the WikiAnswers community?

I do not know exactly what motivates me to volunteer, but I know it is partially because I am addicted to this site. I love helping people out, and here I can help people out and make an abundant amount of friends. I just have too many experiences to leave, and not be more active here I guess.

What are your areas of expertise?

My areas of expertise are: Saxophones, American Idol, and Computer Games. I have been playing the Saxophone for 4 years, but I know quite a bit about the Saxophone. I have watched every single of episode of American Idol since season 1, and I am also a member of the forums on American Idol.

What is your favorite WikiAnswers feature?

My favorite feature on WikiAnswers would have to be the Feature option. I think it really gives certain questions a boost in the view, as it posts it on WikiAnswers in front of many other questions . I think that this separates the valid questions from the trashy questions awaiting their removal. Now I am not saying every question is bad if it isn’t featured, but almost all of the featured questions are excellent as they have been handpicked by Supervisors.

What has been the funniest question you’ve seen or your funniest experience on WikiAnswers?

I have had so many incredible experiences on WikiAnswers, and I do not believe I could chose one as my “favorite” in specific. One experience that I would like to share that I learned a lot from and actually learned how much I should appreciate a computer is when I had the Blue Screen of Death. I could not contribute normally, as I was forced to use my MP3 player (iTouch), and you cannot get the full benefit of internet features on it. I really had to work hard, and I had to put extra time, but during that time I really let out a few giggles and had a great time, and said some stupid things too.

Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.

I have been involved in a bunch of Online Communities since I was in Elementary School. I actually used to be a [HELP]er for GameSpy. In addition, I have owned a Counter-Strike Server, but I had to shut it down because of a lack of time due to school-work.

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.

WikiAnswers.com Scholarship: Do not miss out!

Hey, American/British/Canadian students! Don’t mean to interrupt your weekend, but the deadline to apply for the $20,000 WikiAnswers.com Scholarship Fund is THIS TUESDAY! Between now and then, you should be able to find time to log in to WikiAnswers.com and answer 50 questions in any category/ies of your choice and submit them to win $1,000 for next year… right?

And I’m not the only one talking it up… A whole bunch of education blogs have announced the scholarship in the last few days. So no claiming you didn’t know the opportunity exists…

WikiAnswers on Web100.com.

Matt Sevits of Web100.com made this observation yesterday:”When most people hear “wiki,” the first thing that comes to mind is probably Wikipedia.” I do find that to be the case as well… but I also agree that “all that is about to change.” The site (wisely!) included WikiAnswers.com in his list of sites that go “beyond Wikipedia: 7 wikis for everything from “Lost” to lyrics.”

Says Matt:

WikiAnswers takes a collaborative approach to knowledge, giving you the chance to ask questions and use your knowledge to answer the questions submitted by others. If search engines can’t answer your question, someone on WikiAnswers probably can.

Exactly what I was thinking.

One week left to win a $1,000 WikiAnswers scholarship!

Look, I understand procrastination – I was once a university student myself. But with only one week left to answer just 50 questions for a $1,000 WikiAnswers.com scholarship – there’s not much more time to waste.

Again, here are some of the details, broken down:

  • The WikiAnswers Scholarship Program plans to award twenty scholarships valued at $1,000 each for use by recipients.
  • This scholarship is for students planning to be enrolled in undergraduate classes during the 2009-2010 academic year.
  • Sign in to WikiAnswers with your username and answer at least 50 questions of your choice. The panel of judges will review the 50 answers you submit with your application for quality and accuracy.
  • All materials must be submitted (and postmarked) by March 31, 2009.

You can get more details, including the FAQs and the downloadable scholarship application on the WikiAnswers Scholarship Program page.

A tale about Phishtails.

Let’s take a look at Phishtails, a Floating Supervisor and Bronze Contributor known in real-life as Marcus, who is awesome enough to be engaged and living on a cruise ship in the Bahamas where he works as a theatrical lighting technician. Having grown up as an Air Force brat on the east coast, he’s lived in every state on the Eastern seaboard from Florida to New York, plus Arizona.

From age 3 months, Marcus has worked in entertainment in the amateur or professional level in various degrees, from acting to stage manager to show director to video, lighting, or sound technician to set carpenter and much more. Among a huge number of interesting stints, he’s worked shows for Van Halen, the Eagles, Pink Floyd, Phish, Dave Matthews, and the Super Bowl.

Phishtails discovered WikiAnswers.com while searching for a site that sold motorcycle tires, answered a question and felt to be fair he should answer them all. He says he is still working on that and will let us all know when he’s finished. Boy, are we glad to have him on board

How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers?

I believe I was searching for cheap motorcycle tires on Google.  I had seen WikiAnswers pop up on several searches previous to this, and I bit.  I saw a weird question to which I happened to know the answer.  Then I saw another question and I answered it.  Several more questions had popped up even before I finished answering the first two, some of which I did not know the answers, but in the interest of fairness I felt I had to answer them all.  I’m still working on that.

Subsequently, I blame WikiAnswers for several failed relationships, both for dedicating my time to WikiAnswers as well as poor advice from the Wikommunity.  Therapy helps.

Explain your username.

Phishtails comes from a few puns that happily coincide.  Phish is my favorite band in the whole world.  I follow them whenever I can, which makes me one who tails after Phish.

In motorcycling, a fishtail is when the back tire spins wildly out of control, so I liked the idea of that.

A fish tale is also an exaggerated anecdote, which I am wont to tell when I’m feeling saucy.

A fish tail is a part of a fish that smells not quite as putrid as the fish head, so I use the name to let people know that I don’t smell as bad as a fish head.

I blog on livejournal under the same pseudonym.

What motivates you to volunteer your time to the WikiAnswers community?

Power.  Power and the women attracted by power.  I also enjoy the intellectual challenge presented by questions that interest me, but to which I have little knowledge.  It forces me to research the subject matter and in effect increases my own personal knowledge.  If you see a super-long answer with my name under it, it’s a fair bet that I knew squat about it before I read the question.

What are your areas of expertise?

I love questions pertaining to motorcycles, theatre (especially technical theatre, but I love acting as well), religion, math and physics.  Occasionally I answer advice questions, especially if it concerns important subjects such as drugs and alcoholhealth or sex.  I love questions concerning politics; however, I find that when I try to answer a political question, my personal feelings turn the answer into a rant and I have to delete my own answer.

What is your favorite WikiAnswers feature?

Aside from researching unknown subjects, I love to merge/split and correct spelling in questions.

What has been the funniest question you’ve seen or your funniest experience on WikiAnswers?

I answered a question How is a refrigerator like a cat? posted in a jokes category.  I think my answer went something like, “They’ll both keep a six-pack cold, providing you gut the cat to make room for the six-pack and stick the cat in the fridge.”  I was very tired when I wrote that.

Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.

I’ve had more motorcycles than cars.  I work on a cruise ship in the Caribbean.  My fiancee and I have decided to change our last names to a great pun gleaned from our favorite sandwich, the PB&J.  We’re going to be the Pibijais, and yes, I’m totally serious about that.  I have very few pieces of clothing that aren’t black.  I have two collections:  One of pharmaceutical company pens, and another of gadgets that will hook onto a belt like flashlights, multi-tools, cell phones, knives … even a Pez dispenser.  I love puns, though I prefer to say them rather than write them — it just translates better when spoken.

My fiancee took that picture of me (above) when I was blowing on a campfire.  She was going to delete it, but it was far too much fun Photoshop’ing it into me looking like the devil.

When not living on a cruise ship, I am in central Florida freelancing as a sound-and-lights guy for concerts and corporate events.  My fiancee works for Geico and takes care of our dogs and cat while I am out on ship.  We plan to move to New York in a couple of years.  I plan to retire as a high school or community college teacher in drama or technical theatre.

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.

Answers at ThinkMobile ’09.

Last week Answers Corp Founder and CEO Bob Rosenschein participated on a panel entitled, “Mobile Search and Mobile SEO” at the ThinkMobile Conference in New York City.

Answers.com offers a Mobile Answers version of the site and iPhone access. Bob spoke about mobile access as an important future component to Answers Corp offerings, especially on WikiAnswers.com.

March Madness: stay in the game!

March Madness is well under way. Bets have been placed, games are being watched, alma maters are being cheered on.

And for those of us who have no idea what March Madness is or what is going on in this year’s NCAA tournament? No problem. Of course WikiAnswers.com has a Q&A category just for you. And you can get the full March Madness lowdown at Answers.com, reference-style.

Here are some Q&A’s to get you started:

Women’s rightsss…

International Women’s Day: Amen Awomen!

International Women’s Day was recently celebrated around the world while Women’s History Month continues in the United States until the end of March. These events mark the accomplishments of women throughout history, and celebrate the hardships they had to endure in order to bring them to where they are today. To honor this great day with the excitement and appreciation it deserves, I think it best to go over a brief history of Feminism and the Women’s Rights movement.

Adam and EveIt all began in 3760 BC when Eve took a bite of the apple – It was the first time a woman made a decision on her own. Yeah, biting from the forbidden fruit may be considered a ‘bad thing’ and yes, humanity was banished from the Garden of Eden to suffer for all eternity in sin, but hey – it’s a small price to pay for having a voice.

Next came Rebecca. In the year 1900 BC, Isaac (Abraham’s son) fell in love with the biblical beauty. Before claiming her as property, he had his messenger ask for permission, ‘Hey you want go back with this dude and marry him?’ To which she replied, ‘yes.’ This was the first recorded instance of a woman having the right to choose her husband.

Ok great; so we have decision making and marital equality down. What about the real important stuff like jobs, learning, earning degrees and having a position in the World Wrestling Federation?

Mary WollstonecraftLet’s jump a few centuries to the Enlightenment, when science and experimentation became trendy. In 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft proved women were smart too, when she became the first recognized female philosopher; she even got to print her own book!

Here are some subsequent defining moments:

  • 1805: Mary Kies startles male inventors when she becomes the first woman to receive a U.S. patent for her method of weaving straw with silk.
  • 1839: Mississippi becomes the first state to grant women the right to hold property in their own name.
  • 1903: Marie Curie wins the Nobel Prize in physics for her study of radioactive material
  • And finally, in 1920, the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified giving women the right to vote.

All this activism came full circle in the 1960’s with the birth of ‘Feminism.’ Women’s liberation was celebrated by burning bras (not the expensive ones from Victoria’s Secret- we’re rebels, not stupid). Soon enough we were everywhere: holding public office, earning good salaries, earning PHDs, serving in the military; heck, we were even priests and rabbis. Finally, we got the equality and respect from men that we deserved.

So now we come to the year 2009. A WikiAnswers user asks:

Is it grammatically correct to use the pronoun ‘men’ when referring to both men and women?

Answer: technically yes, but don’t use it.

Why?

Because although it is a grammatically and historically correct term, it’s not socially acceptable.

Hmm… you know what? That’s right! And what’s up with the ‘history’ of the word, it should be herstory. The person who answered that question is obviously a sexist pig.

We’ve come a long way since Neil Armstrong took one step for man, er, peoplekind, what’s a few edits in the MLA guidelines? Speaking of which, why hasn’t a woman walked on the moon yet? Is this a government conspiracy? We all know Hilary should have won… And when is the US Mint going to reprint the bills ‘In God and Goddess We Trust’? What were our fore-parents thinking? I’m sending a letter to the President now! Where is the mailman! I mean mailwoman, I mean fe-mailwoman.

Wait…what was I saying?

This feminism seems like a lot of work. I wonder if animals are ever burdened with these gender issues? I got my answer when I came across this question:

Do man-eating sharks eat women too?

Answer: Yes they do; they don’t discriminate at all.

Wait, let’s pause for a second. Is this the type of equality we want? We have overshot our goals so much so we forget the true essence of feminism. Equality doesn’t necessarily mean being treated the same, it means being treated with respect, and in so doing, defining an equal place in society.

So next time you are on a street corner hailing a cab in your business suit, and the man at your side allows you to get in the first cab, bite your tongue the way Eve bit the apple and get in the damn cab.

Saint Patrick’s Day: bet you didn’t know that…

Today is Saint Patrick’s Day… Sure, you might think it’s a day of four leaf clovers, the color green, Guinness beer and leprechauns but take a minute to learn a few core ideas behind this day of merriment.

To start, here’s how Answers.com introduces the holiday:

Had it not been for a band of Irish marauders in the fifth century, March 17 might’ve been plain old Maewyn’s Day — because Maewyn wouldn’t have changed his name to Patrick, and he likely wouldn’t have become a saint. In fact, it wouldn’t have been a Day at all.

But as it happened, a certain 16-year-old Welsh lad was kidnapped by those Irish marauders, and during the six years young Maewyn spent in servitude as a shepherd in Ireland he experienced a religious awakening, then spent years studying in a monastery. He took on a new name, Patrick, and a new calling — converting his countrymen to Christianity.

Ok, history lesson over… Here are some tips from the Answers.com folks on how to celebrate the day:

How to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day:

  • Wear green
  • Pin a shamrock to your hat
  • Speak with a brogue
  • Wear brogues
  • Drink Irish beer and spirits
  • Wish your friends and family “Top o’ the morning to ye” and every so often cry out “Erin go bragh!” (Ireland forever)
  • If you’re a mayor, dye your town’s rivers green and paint your lane markers green.
And if that’s not enough to get you going green, here are some trivia facts you can share over your beer:

Did you know?

  • There are six cities in the US named Dublin. Some 34 million US residents claim Irish ancestry — rather more than the entire population of Ireland itself, which stands at about 6 million.
  • Celts are pronounced kelts. Don’t be misled by the Boston Celtics basketball team, which is oddly pronounced seltics.
  • Irish whiskey, as opposed to Scotch, is sweeter, smoother, and almost never peaty or smoky. It’s also spelled with an “e,” while Scotch is spelled “whisky.”
  • Old Bushmills Distillery, in County AntrimNorthern Ireland, licensed in 1608 by James I of England, is the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery.
  • The word whiskey comes from an Irish Gaelic term meaning “water of life.”
Read the full entry from Answers.com, learn more from the community with Saint Patrick’s Day Q&A and of course, top of the morning to ye…

Answers.com design love.

Apparently Answers.com got a bit of design love from BrowserShots, which is a site looking “to make it[self] a most usable and searchable library for every web designer, whether for inspiration, learning or even capturing the latest trends on web design techs.”

You can check out the screenshot, color scheme and give the homepage design a rating yourself over at the BrowserShots page.

Watching Ninjambo climb the contributor ladder.

The WikiAnswers.com community seems to have really gained quality contributors in the last few months; so many people who just joined since December 2008 have been really climbing up the badges ladder…

Special Projects AssistantTake Ninjambo for instance: Sean joined just recently and has already managed to work his way into the Community Outreach Program, racked up enough contributions to be a Bronze contributor and has also been made a Special Projects Assistant. Not bad for a guy who is a student in his ‘spare’ time!

Like many other contributors, Ninjambo has been keeping track of his accomplishments across WikiAnswers, including milestones like contributions, badges and personal goals.

In addition, Sean loves lacrosse, baseball, skateboarding, snowboarding, scootering, biking, and is a self-proclaimed King of Ping Pong. His favorite colors are green and blue… Hmm, wonder why?

How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers?

My friend told me about Answers.com, and from there I learned about WikiAnswers.

Explain your username.

YouTubeMy username is 100% random. Me and my friend John were thinking of a name for our YouTube channel, and suddenly we came up with Ninjambo. I use this username for many sites I am a part of now.

What motivates you to volunteer your time to the WikiAnswers community?

I love answering questions, as well as having my own questions answered. I only answered/asked a few questions on WikiAnswers a tiny bit for about a month or two after I made my account. Then, on February 20th I really looked at the site and its features, and I suddenly became an active contributor. I also like the badges. =D

What are your areas of expertise?

I know a lot about Lacrosse, YouTube, and some video games.

What is your favorite WikiAnswers feature?

I like the faceless orange people on the badges.

What has been the funniest question you’ve seen or your funniest experience on WikiAnswers?

When Robin was telling what WikiGuide team I was on. She forgot to fill in all the blanks on the auto email message that is sent to new members. It struck me as funny at the moment.

Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.

I love Dr. Pepper and when I say Dr. Pepper I run over to my fridge and pray there will be a Dr. Pepper in there (There never is one there, and I know it before I open the fridge).

I love making YouTube videos, but I always forget to upload videos I make, so they’re uploaded months after they are filmed.

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.

Sharing the AnswerTips love.

Occasionally I like to share the AnswerTips love, since it’s an Answers.com webmaster tool that keeps on giving.

Double-click any word of text on this page and you’ll see what I mean… Boom, instant definition!

John of ChurchCrunch agrees; check out his review of AnswerTips, which he added to his blog yesterday. In his own words:

I literally stumbled upon this service provided by Answers.com yesterday and I was floored at how easily it could be implemented and used.

AnswerTips from Answers.com is a very simple service that allows your readers to simply double-click on any word on the site to pull up an in-browser modal window to help define or explain the word. Just go ahead and try it here on ChurchCrunch.com!

Thanks for sharing, John…

Enjoy some pi; beware the Ides.

Yesterday was Pi Day, or as it is more commonly known: March 14th. In case you didn’t have enough fun with Square Root Day on March 3rd, you had a second chance at some math dating yesterday.

So what is Pi Day? As shared by WikiAnswers.com – in case you didn’t pay attention in math class:

Pi Day is celebrating the mathematical constant π (pi). It is officially observed on March 14, 3/14 being the first three digits of the numerical value pi.

For more on the topic of Pi, read up on Answers.com.

But now, we move on to today – March 15th – the Ides of March. Remember when Shakespeare told us to beware this day? Do you remember exactly why? It has to do with the Roman calendar and what were considered unlucky days of the year…

So what are the Ides of March? As told by WikiAnswers.com:

The ides were the 15th days of long months (including Martius, or March) in the ancient Roman lunar calendar; they were the 13th in other months. The word ides comes from the Latin word idus, which is possibly derived from an Etruscan word meaning “to divide.”

The Ides of March – or March 15th – is known throughout history for being an ill-fated day. Julius Caesar was assassinated on this date in 44 B.C. Historians have noted the likeliness that a soothsayer named Spurinna warned Caesar that danger would occur by the Ides of March.

What went wrong with burnt toast?

Have to hand it to the contributor who helped me out with this one; he’s managed to answer a question I often wonder about:

What went wrong with burnt toast?

I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but that’s why there is a Q&A community to come to the rescue…

You burnt it.

Because you left it in the toaster too long.

Oh, and here is some extra advice:

NEVER EAT BURNT STUFF! ESPECIALLY SMELLY SOCKS LEFT TO DRY IN THE SUN!

The bottom line:

Just remember to take out the toast at the right time.

Xtriece: a real piece of WikiAnswers expertise.

XTriece How’s this for impressive? Xtriece joined WikiAnswers.com in January and has already managed to impress the community with her accomplishments: Floating Supervisor, Wiki Greeter, Vandal Patrol Generalist, and Silver Contributor.

Aside from severely rocking the WikiAnswers community, Xtriece has a plenty going on in her offline life. She has a business and marketing degree, an interest n graphic design, and has chosen her career path as a stay at home mom… as she puts it, “24/7 with no vacation days.”

And she loves cupcakes… drawing them, not eating them.

Well, we’re sure glad to have her around… Learn more about Xtriece:

How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers?

I was wandering around a trivia site one day pretending like you can actually win prizes on the internet like any bored housewife when I had noticed that every time I didn’t know an answer.. my search engine’s first pick was always WikiAnswers. I was like, wow! this site knows everything. Then I ran across an answer with a misspelled word… one of my pet peeves. I had to sign up and fix it for the sake of my sanity! I fell in love… and here we are. :]

Explain your username.

My real first name is Theresa, which I’ve never liked, mind you… I got it at the last minute at the hospital thanks to a great debate between grandparents and the nurses trying to send my mother home. When I was younger and mocking my brother I’d call him ‘neek ohhh’ (Nico) and he’d follow by calling me ‘triece uhhh’ (said like treece or niece – the n +tr).

Most people think it’s pronounced Trice or Tryce… which I never understood because it’s spelled just like niece… but that’s ok! All babbling aside, I’m not creative enough to do anything but use my own name as a username, plus I don’t know any other Triece’s. Do you?

What motivates you to volunteer your time to the WikiAnswers community?

Definitely the people. I have met some of the most amazing, talented, dedicated individuals on this site. Along with them, I honestly believe that we can make WikiAnswers run at the tippy top of its ability. I like improving myself and my own knowledge while helping others to do the same. I think if I were a WikiGuide back in high school that I would be the smartest kid that I know.

What are your areas of expertise?

I have none… ok… I have a few. They’re so random though. I went to school for business, advertising, and marketing. I’m kind of a computer geek at heart and a self taught graphic artist. Mostly word art… it’s so much fun for me. My photoshop is my best friend; I would bake it cupcakes if I thought it would be a happier program for having them.

I chose to be a fFloating Supervisor because I don’t really know a lot about one specific thing. I will, on the other hand, diligently search for an answer to help someone else achieve the knowledge that they seek. For example… I once took a legal pad and a pen… and wrote down/converted all time zones with the theory that I would tackle the time zone category and be like… super time converter girl! I answered a lot of questions that week…

What is your favorite WikiAnswers feature?

That would be like choosing my favorite child (I do have a favorite, all moms do.. it’s an unwritten law to pretend not to be bias)… Moving right along… it is my job as a mom to say: I love them all the same.

What has been the funniest question you’ve seen or your funniest experience on WikiAnswers?

I’ve come to know that wherever I find the Hooweestik or the Rudiful2, I can usually find the funny… You should try it some time… Be a little less stalkerish than I am… But it’s so worth it.

Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.

Random… moi? I wouldn’t know where to begin… I aspire to be the Oxiclean guy. I am 5 whopping feet tall and I sound like a 6 year old on the phone. Telemarketers call and ask to speak to my mommy or daddy. I have 4 kids.. none of which sold on ebay before they made a rule against that sort of thing. I love playing games online… but I have a sick obsession with the thrill of competition, and so… if it’s not multiplayer against real people, I won’t do it. I want to make the world a better place one batch recat at a time… and I wish I had a British accent.

Was that enough random?

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.

WikiAnswers: now with over 10 million questions!

Here’s a fun fact: In the little over two years since WikiAnswers.com was acquired, the number of questions on the site has increased 35-fold. On March 6th – last Friday – the site was asked its 10 millionth question.

10 million questions on WikiAnswers!

Here’s another fun fact: The 10 millionth question was – drum roll please -

How long is the flight from Newark to Sydney?

That ought to awaken the travel bug in you!

Some other fun facts:

  • According to comScore, WikiAnswers.com US unique visitors reached nearly 19 million in January 2009, compared to 729 thousand in December 2006.
  • During this time period, WikiAnswers.com’s market share increased from 4% to nearly 35%, vs. Yahoo! Answers, based on US unique visitors.
  • There are over 500 volunteer Supervisors and millions of contributors from around the world asking, answering and editing across the site’s 4,712 categories.

As quoted by Bruce D. Smith, who leads the Community Development team: “We aim to make WikiAnswers.com the best place for users to find answers to all their questions.”

So that’s the challenge put forth to you: What are your questions? Have they been asked at WikiAnswers.com yet? And how long before 15 million, 100 million, a billion questions?