3 new things about Answers.com

Hey there! It’s been awhile. Things have been busy at Answers.com. Here’s a look at the latest and greatest.

1. In April we debuted our newly designed homepage. What do you think? The new layout features more photos and Q&A about specific topics ranging from movies to money, and baseball to baking. Topics will change often depending on current events and seasons. You’ll also notice a new recent activity module in the top right corner. Look there to find out who is asking what, this very second.

2. You may have noticed a new look for our topic pages, an upgrade from the current category pages. Just like category pages, topic pages show that category’s supervisor, recent activity and top contributors, but they have a fresher look, with photos, contributor avatars and featured content.

3. Why not put a face to that username of yours? When you connect your Answers account with Facebook, your avatar will show on every question you answer or edit, and have a better chance of being featured on the homepage or topic pages. Once you have an account, become a Google+ contributor (click the G+ link in the left menu on the homepage) and your avatar will show in Google search results for questions you have answered.

Let us know what you think about our redesign and new features and stay tuned for more news!

Answers.com (and more!) on Facebook

We love social media here at Answers.com. And with 33,000+ fans on our Facebook page, we’re pretty sure you do too. But did you know we have Facebook pages set up for every language and community group on Answers.com? This week we added two new ones to the list: WikiAnswers Influential Teens (WIT) and Answers.com Tagalog.

You can find our main Answers.com Facebook page here and follow our Twitter feed of titillating trivia here. Here is a full list of our Facebook pages and a sample of what you will find there. Go ahead, tell us you like us!

 

Answers.com Facebook Pages

New trivia added to blufr!

There are thousands of blufs (or trivia bits) that make up Answers.com’s social trivia game blufr, and in the past couple months we’ve added hundreds more. So if you were worried about reaching the end of a category – or the entire game – get back into it!

Also stay tuned for more categories coming. Discover fun facts and pick up trivia to share next time you find yourself in an awkward conversation. Hey, blufr has many uses!

Here are some of the newbies; way or no way (click to get the answers):

Wanna play blufr? Get it on the web, iPhone or Facebook.

 

 

Show your face! Add your avatar on Answers.com.

Time for a profile makeover! No, I don’t mean the silhouette of your actual face. I mean getting your avatar on your Answers.com profile.

Why show your face? Well, aside from the fact that it helps build your profile and establish a trustworthy reputation across the site, avatars will play a key role in some upcoming community features.

In that case, I recommend going from this:

To this:

So, how do you get the avatar on there? The trick is to connect your existing Answers.com account with one of the five offered social IDs: Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!, Google or LinkedIn. Once you connect your account, your avatar and profile URL are pulled in from the social ID’s site. For instance, if you choose Facebook, your profile picture from Facebook will be pulled in as your avatar, and you’ll have a link to your Facebook page on your Answers.com profile.

In three simple steps:

  1. Sign in to Answers.com with your username and go to My Settings.
  2. Under ‘Connect your account,’ click the social ID you’d like to connect with your existing Answers.com account.
  3. Go to My Profile and check it out!

If you don’t have an Answers.com account or username yet, it’s actually even simpler.

Just click one of  the social ID icons above the log in area to connect and sign in within seconds.

From then on, you’ll only need to click the same social ID button to sign into Answers.com.

Your existing avatar will be pulled to your new Answers.com profile, as well as a link to your profile on that other account. You can add all the other details as well by editing your profile on Answers.com. It looks like this:

Here are some helpful tips on this topic:

  • If you’ve changed your avatar on the other social ID site since connecting with Answers.com, and you want to change it on Answers.com too, simply disconnect the accounts on My Settings, and then reconnect.
  • If the first time you signed up for Answers.com was through a social ID, and you want to link it to an existing Answers.com account, you can still do that by going to My Settings.
  • Just because you have your Facebook link in your profile, doesn’t mean all Answers.com users can see your Facebook profile. That is still dependent on your Facebook privacy settings.
  • Read on about signing in and connecting accounts in the Help Center.
  • More information on building a good reputation on Answers.com can be found here.

When the cat’s away… follow it!

It’s time to recognize that being a follower is a good thing…

Hot off the latest feature release: You can easily follow categories on Answers.com by hovering over the category name under any question. A pop up will appear on which you can click ‘Follow category’ and add it to your Watchlist. Get updated with the latest new questions in that category while on Answers.com or from your email.

Added bonus: If you’re signed into Facebook in your browser, you’ll be able to see which of your friends already like that category. Nothing like a friendly face to encourage you to become a follower!

blufr’s Facebook app: no better way to procrastinate.

Played blufr on the web? Played blufr on the iPhone or iPod Touch? It’s time to play blufr directly on Facebook.

I know, I’m being a bit of an enabler here. There are so many ways to procrastinate your work, why add one more? Because it’s directly on Facebook, where you’re already hanging out anyway (let’s  face it).

So, if you’re wondering whether it’s true or false that eggplant comes in different colors… There’s one more place to go to play and find out.

Go the blufr application page on Facebook and click ‘Get application’ below the profile picture. Get even more hooked by inviting friends to join, right from the first screen. Apologies in advance for all the work you won’t get done…

bluf-o-grams: for fun, for fame, for payback.

You’ve played blufr, earned awards, and gotten cozy on the Top of the heap. So what comes next?

Challenge your friends further on blufr with homemade blufs!

Way or no way?

bluf-o-grams are blufs that you create and send to your friends – or frenemies. Blow their minds with true or false information about you, them, or any topic. Share your custom-made blufs on Facebook, Twitter or email.

By the way, you can also create non-personal blufs and submit them to the wider bluf database for everyone to play. Acceptable blufs will have to conform to certain criteria, so make ‘em good!

You can easily create and share bluf-o-grams: go to your profile (make sure you’re signed in) and click Create a bluf-o-gram next to the bluf-o-grams tab, or share ones you’ve already created by clicking the tab itself.

Fill in the form, submit and share.

Get bluf’n…

New sharing options help you toot your own horn.

It’s ok; you can be honest with me.

You want everyone to know about the answer you just wrote on Answers.com. Not only do you think others might benefit from it, but you think your own expertise should be highlighted. You want the world to know – or maybe just your social networks. And maybe, just maybe, you like the attention.

Answers.com has made it easier to share your answers with just a few easy clicks, right from the edit page. Share your answers (and edits) on Facebook, Twitter, email and other share sites as soon as you post your answer.

When you are in the edit mode of the question page, be sure to click the check box for ‘Share this answer with friends when you’re done.’  Save your answer or edit, and the page will reload, showing the answer.

Right after, a small pop up box will appear with a place to add text and a few share options to the left. Check the share options you’d like to use, add whatever text you’d like to display with your Q&A, and click Publish.

Ta da! Now your answer has been shared with friends… So sit back and enjoy the praise!

By the way, notice the ‘More from…’ link on the bottom right of the Facebook share – that’s another great way to promote your handiwork on Answers.com. So if you’re trying to build your online reputation, consider using this as part of your strategy.

blufr: Not your mama’s trivia game.

Did you know?

You didn’t? Well, maybe that’s because none of it is true…

Or is it?

Introducing blufr, the addictive social trivia game from Answers.com. blufr is not your mama’s jeopardy. Think of it as the place where all the bizarre, odd, random, crazy, funny information from Answers.com gets spiced up and clamped down into bite-size pieces of trivia – which you can decide are true (way!) and which are false (no way!).

And you have to do it better than your friends if you’re going to make it to the top.

It’s a multi-platform game, currently available on the web and for the iPhone (download the iPhone app to your iPhone or iPod Touch). A Facebook app is coming soon.

Want more?

So…

Boxing champion Mike Tyson has a tattoo of tennis star Arthur Ashe.

Way or No way? Play to find out!

The Answers.com House Party: NOT password-protected!

Hey ya’ll!

Just a quick reminder that our House Party is this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. We’re celebrating our new remodeled digs with drinks, food and fun. And by fun we mean free booze and a gadget raffle!

A certain social networking site you may have heard of is hosting their own new office party this week too. But get this: you have to pass a test to get in! Our shindig ain’t like the Ivy League – you won’t find guest lists or bouncers. Everyone’s invited – friends, family, neighbors… Hey, even your hairdresser can tag along. Word has it that even some of Answers.com’s venerable Supervisors are showing up!

So cancel your plans to watch The Office (it’s a rerun anyway!) and head on over to our office! See ya there…

Answers.com House Party
237 West 35th Street, Suite 1103
New York, NY 10001
6:30 to 10 p.m.

P.S. Can’t make it? Send us virtual love!

Jadeacres, Checkin’ In on the Chicken Coop.

About a month ago, one of our most cherished and deeply respected SupervisorsJadeacres – suggested that we check in on some of our Senior Supers and pay them homage with updated posts here on no.stupid.answers. Of course, this was yet another awesome idea from our man Jade (something he seems to have an endless stream of). We jumped on this opportunity – not because we wanted a piece of his glorious, orange birthday cake (drooling!) – but because we want our long-time contributors to know that on Answers.com you will forever be admired, talked about (in a positive light!) and appreciated.

Fittingly, first to the plate is Jade. Here’s an update direct from “The Chicken Coop”:

What is your Answers.com user name?

Jadeacres but I am also known as Jade/James/Jamie…or That Vandal Patrol Supervisor. My bio page is commonly referred to as “The Chicken Coop.”

How long have you been with the community? What are some of the badges you hold? Awards won?

Coming up to my fourth year…really? I am proud of all the accomplishments I have made over the years including my association with WikiGuides (from concept to what it is now), Vandal Patrol (first Senior Investigator thanks to An8thg) and the Mentoring Program (thanks to Katz2). I have been involved with all these programs, many of them before they were conceived as “official”.

Remind us of what brought you to Answers.com and what keeps you around.

I first came to the site (FAQ Farm) seeking information about Crohn’s disease. I actually registered months later when looking for information about chickens, when I got interested in the whole concept of sharing information and correcting erroneous or incomplete answers. My work was noticed, appreciated and I was asked to consider becoming a Supervisor.

Since you were last featured, have there been any changes in your life? Exciting new developments?

Liz did a wonderful three-part series on Jadeacres/Snugglefoot Hollow. The three-part series Fun, Farms and Friendship from December 2008 just about said it all. I am older, a little bit wiser (thanks to Answers.com) and very much richer with cherished friends from all over the world. The trip to Atlanta last December was truly a highlight in my life as I was able to relax and enjoy the companionship of many people I would otherwise never have met in person.

Are you involved in any new hobbies or activities (outside of Answers.com)?

Who? Me? LOL WikiAnswers is my life! Really though, now that my son has recently moved away to the big city I have found I have slightly less time for being online, and I miss my once daily obsession. I do check my e-mail daily, but I find with the new trend toward social networking and my general reluctance to learn new computer skills I am having difficulty keeping up. I might not Facebook, Twitter, etc. but I will, however, forever be found on WikiAnswers.

What one feature on Answers.com are you directly responsible for suggesting?

Offhand, I cannot think of many, although I am sure there are more than a few. Those handy volunteer Supervisor “wiki” cards (modeled after traditional business cards) we all now receive with parcels were my idea, first proposed in 2008. I was very much involved in the start-up of many of the programs we all enjoy now. I see my mark on much of WikiAnswers as it is today.

If you could sum up your experiences on Answers.com in five words, what would you say?

I really don’t need five words to express my feelings for WikiAnswers, one will suffice…Family!

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

Happy birthday, blog!

It’s not every day you turn 3-years-old. In fact, it’s only one day ever, and that day is today for no.stupid.answers.

There have been a lot of posts I’m particularly proud of. Coming up with the Contributor Corner was a great thing, and ever since we’ve worked to introduce you to one contributor a week, fresh from the Answers.com community (thanks, Crystal!). The Chimpmanzee column is one of my personal favorites (it’s all you, Nirel!). And once we started highlighting poetry from the community, well, things got a little more inspired around here (kudos, Matthew!).

There are a lot of ways to get no.stupid.answers. You can continue to come directly to the blog, of course. You can also ‘Like’ the Answers.com page on Facebook, so the posts will show up conveniently in your news feed. There is the RSS to subscribe to, or even easier, the no.stupid.answers email.

A big thanks to all our blog writers, as well as the Answers.com engineers, staff and contributors who are constantly giving us what to write about!

Like Answers.com? So ‘Like’ Answers.com already!

Answers.com got busy in the last few days and we hope you Like why. The Facebook Like button has been added to the Answers.com homepage and answered questions!

Now when you browse through answers on Answers.com, you can instantly ‘Like’ an answer and share it with your friends directly on Facebook.

In fact, you can even see which of your friends already Liked an answer on Answers.com:

You can ‘Like’ Answers.com as a whole by clicking the button right under the ‘Follow us’ section to the left on the homepage:

Of course, the Facebook ‘Like’ feature was added to this blog last week, so feel free to ‘Like’ – and even show some comment love – on any post, past or present. Check it out at the bottom of this post.

Connect your Answers.com account with Facebook or other social networks

connect your Answers.com account with other servicesFor the first time you can now connect your account at Answers.com with your account at Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!, Google, or LinkedIn. If you link with your Facebook account your Facebook profile picture will be displayed on your Answers.com bio page. You will also get a link to your profile on the appropriate site at the top of your bio page and have one less password to remember (you will be able to use your username and password from one of those 5 networks to sign in to Answers.com!).

Linking your accounts takes only seconds. To do so, click “My Settings” in the lefthand menu after you have logged in to Answers.com. Then, under Connect Your Account, click on the icon for the network with which you would like to connect and enter your login information.

In the future we will make it even easier to share your activity on Answers.com with your network. Watch for news on these exciting developments in the coming months!

Premier Answerers now on Facebook

Premier Answerer Premier Answerers, some of the most knowledgeable and dedicated contributors on Answers.com, now have a home away from home. You can keep up with them now in their new Facebook fan page. Whether you’re a current PA or you’re just in awe of their expertise, become a fan of our Premier Answerers today!

We’ll be highlighting new additions to the Premier Answerer team, showcasing fabulous answers, and introducing a new Awesome Answerer each week. This weeks honoree is none other than Mebrg who volunteers as an online counselor with the AARP Tax-Aide program. With the tax deadline approaching check out this great answer of theirs!

The Orange Guy on Facebook: Tag your inner Orange!

You’ve met the Orange Guy. Now meet his whole community! His crazy aunt Betty, his hippie older sister, the detective he hired 2 years ago… They’re all here and waiting to be uploaded to your Facebook so you can tag your friends, or select the one you identify with most and use it as your avatar.

Answers.com Orange people avatars

Click the image to get to the Facebook version and share the Orange Guy grid on your profile and tag your friends. You can also save it, select an Orange Guy and re-upload it to use it wherever you feel like expressing your inner orange!

From the brilliant mind at Jester Arts Illustrations.

Learning to share

Share on Facebook!Here’s a quick tip from the Quick Tip Department. Have you ever wanted to get your questions out there not just to the WikiAnswers community, and not just to your Facebook and Twitter friends, but to all three groups?

Share on Twitter!Try using the new Facebook and Twitter buttons on question pages. It’s a great way to broaden your audience. Share unanswered questions to get them answered faster by people you know. Share answered questions to show off your talent for answering, or just to share laughs about something funny you read. (You can start with our funniest questions.)

Have fun, and get the word out there!

WikiAnswers is still growing fast.

WikiAnswersIf you’re going to be #2 – why not be #2 after… Facebook?

Answers.com’s WikiAnswers was rated the #2 fastest growing U.S. domain in 2009, right after Facebook. And, hey, that’s ok, since Answers.com recently implemented Facebook Connect as an option for signing in.

Here’s a little more from the official announcement:

“…according to comScore data… WikiAnswers’ unique monthly visitor count in the U.S. grew 74%(*). This ranks WikiAnswers as the 2nd fastest growing domain in 2009, second only to Facebook.com, of the top 50 U.S. domains in December 2008.”

Bob Rosenschein, Chairman and CEO of Answers.com, said this about the growth:

“The site’s unique self- reinforcing growth coupled with the efforts of the entire Answers.com team, have once again brought Answers.com to the culmination of a very successful year.”

So for the millions of Answers.com contributors out there – treat yourselves to some chocolate! Even the tiniest edits are building on the amazing, global, growing, collaborative Q&A project that is WikiAnswers.

Answers.com increases its social circle.

Well, social webbies, you’ve got the Facebook, you’ve got the Twitter, the Yahoo! and Google accounts to play around with. And now you’re about to spend more time online with those IDs. Answers.com announced its new social media angle today at CES in Las Vegas:

Answers.com Connects with Social Media

Users will now have the option to log in to Answers.com with their preferred Web identities. Experts will also be able to identify themselves with their real names, more conveniently building their online reputations.

“We see a big advantage in allowing our contributors to use their existing Web identities on our site,” said Bob Rosenschein, CEO. “This change is expected to simplify login, reduce time to contribution, and increase the quality of our answers, as more people visit our site and build their online reputations. We added support for Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo! accounts today and will be adding support for Google accounts in the near future.”

In short, you can create a new Answers.com account using your existing Facebook, Twitter or Yahoo! account. What’s the advantage? As mentioned, it’s a great way to build on your already existent social web ID and if you connect through Facebook, it adds the real-life human element to your answers and bolsters your online reputation.

If you happen to be at CES, visit the Answers.com booth at ShowStoppers Media Event tonight.

Hitwise: WikiAnswers is a top 20 web 2.0 site.

Wow. WikiAnswers made it to the top 20 Web 2.0 sites as counted by Hitwise. And, look at that, it even placed higher than just being at #20.

This is so huge. What an honor to make it to the top Web 2.0 sites, along with MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia…

What Heather Hopkins of Hitwise did was include sites that “enhance creativity, information sharing, and, most notably, collaboration among users.” The percentages you see are market share.

Fun fact: According to Hitwise’s numbers, WikiAnswers’ percentage growth is much higher than anybody else’s in this list; nearly 3 times higher than the next biggest jumper!

So how long do you think it is before WikiAnswers bumps out MySpace?