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…