Google Q & A

By Deane Barker on April 7, 2005

Google adds very cool Q&A feature: How on earth do they do all this stuff? Google is rapidly crossing the line into freaky magic stuff.

Google adds very cool Q&A feature: What is the population of Texas? When was Jason Kottke born? When did Hunter S. Thompson die? Google says it works for “celebrities, countries of the world, the planets, the elements, electronics, movies, and anything else we’ve thought of so far”.



  1. They still have a long way to go.

    I posed only one question – the all so important: “What is the meaning of life?” – but did not get the correct answer.


  2. Hey Uri, you are mixing up Monty Python and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. If you ask “What is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything?”, I think you will find links that will give you your answer…which, of course, is 42. (I always knew there was something wrong with our math.)

  3. Another google item worth noting that I haven’t seen around the blogoshpere yet, gmail’s ever-increasing storage space. Go to and see the amount of free storage increasing by the milli-second. I’m sure the developers at google find it very funny imagining how Yahoo or Hotmail will respond.

  4. I humbly stand corrected. I should have properly phrased my question.

    However, I am stil not satisfied. The links are not enough. I was expecting to see a Google Q&A answer (green text at top of results page) :)

  5. “I’m sure the developers at google find it very funny imagining how Yahoo or Hotmail will respond.”

    Yahoo is trying to keep up, but seems to be having trouble doing so. Now messages in the trash folder “may be deleted at any time”, as opposed to being kept for 30 days, then deleted.

  6. Yahoo is also promising a free 1 GB account to come soon:

    “Coming soon! 1GB of storage, free to all users There’s more in store with Yahoo! Mail. By early May, all free Yahoo! Mail users will receive an email storage increase to a whopping 1GB. That’s enough space to keep thousands and thousands of emails — so you’ll never have to delete those important messages again!”

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