Google started Google Answers service almost four years ago, where users could ask questions and get answers from a panel of researchers. This paid service however, failed to gain much popularity with users. Google announced that Google Answers would no longer be available by years end. Though the questions archive will be available, no new questions will be accepted later this week.
"Later this week, we will stop accepting new questions in Google Answers, the very first project we worked on here. The project started with a rough idea from Larry Page, and a small 4-person team turned it into reality in less than 4 months. For two new grads, it was a crash course in building a scalable product, responding to customer requests, and discovering what questions are on people's minds.
Google Answers was a great experiment which provided us with a lot of material for developing future products to serve our users. We'll continue to look for new ways to improve the search experience and to connect people to the information they want."
According to Google more than 800 panelists had answered questions on the service. Similar service offered by Yahoo! has gained far more popularity than Google Answers service. Yahoo! launched Yahoo Answers a year ago. The service does not require users to pay anything. As per Yahoo! the number of answers in their datbase has increased from 10 million in May to nearly 60 million.