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Butler University Study: ChaCha Beats Google (And Others) For Mobile Q&A

Butler University Study: ChaCha Beats Google (And Others) For Mobile Q&A

By Chris Crum February 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

Butler Business Accelerator has released findings from a new study of mobile search engines and question and answer platforms. The study says ChaCha answered questions better than ten other mobile search engines and Q&A platforms including Google, Bing, Yahoo, Siri, …

ChaCha CEO: We’ll Drop T-Mobile if They Implement the “Twitter Tax”

Update: Gibbs is now reporting that T-Mobile’s move only affects messaging aggregators "that serve as kind of a middleman" between businesses and carriers. Companies with direct ties to T-Mobile ( a group that includes Facebook and Twitter) will reportedly not be affected.

ChaCha Launches MMS Rich Media, Coupon, Video Ads

ChaCha has launched a new MMS service for movie trailers, coupon images, rich media ads, and other video content to "virtually all phones". The service works on even the 75% of US mobile phones that aren’t smartphones, the company says. 

Known as an answers service, ChaCha will begin serving MMS ads to its users (ChaCha claims 15 million active monthly uniques). As mobile marketing becomes increasingly important, this might appeal to a range of advertisers. 

ChaCha.me Now Mobile
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Question and answer social network ChaCha has added mobile functionality to its ChaCha.me service that launched in March.

Users are now able to ask and answer questions from their mobile devices and see the activity posted live to their ChaCha.me page and other social networks such as Facebook. Users can also get instant mobile alerts when someone else asks them a question, allowing responses while on the go.

ChaCha Takes On Steve Jobs Mobile Search Comments
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Apple CEO has made comments recently implying that people aren’t searching much with their phones. When Jobs announced iAds, Apple’s new mobile advertising platform, for example, he said something along the lines of "people aren’t searching on their phones." WebProNews received an email on behalf of ChaCha who apparently doesn’t take too kindly to Jobs’ implications (the title of the email was "500 million issues with Steve Jobs").

ChaCha Introduces Q & A Social Platform
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Online answers service ChaCha has launched ChaCha.me, a social platform that includes answers directly from individuals and businesses.

ChaCha.me allows anyone who sets up a profile to ask questions directly to people or brands. The owner of the page can choose which questions to answer which will then be seen publicly.

Local Business Search as Q&A

Human-driven Q&A search service ChaCha launched some new functionality this week for local businesses. Now users can access information about over 15 million businesses in the U.S., courtesy of partner Localeze.ChaCha spoke with WebProNews about why the company considers itself a legitimate contender in the ever-growing local search space.

ChaCha Introduces New Facebook App

Mobile answers service ChaCha has introduced a new Facebook application that allows users to access answers from both ChaCha and their Facebook friends.

ChaCha Closes $7 Million Round of Funding

Answers service ChaCha announced today that it has closed a $7 million E round of funding. The service lets users go online, call, or text questions on mobile phones and receive answers "within minutes" for free. The service has an iPhone app and lets people ask questions via Twitter as well.

This round of funding might be particularly significant for the company. "We believe this latest round provides ChaCha the cash required to reach profitability," says CEO Scott A. Jones.

Hitwise Gives Mahalo Search Share Update

Everyone knows that, when a graph’s vertical axis goes to 100, whatever is plotted on it will look very different than if that axis went to 1,000.  So here’s Mahalo’s good news/bad news situation: a certain diagram makes its growth look astounding, yet it’s still leagues behind Google, Yahoo, and even Ask.

Need Answers? Text ChaCha!
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ChaCha recognized this trend and decided to make the most of the situation. The search engine is already unique with its community of human search guides, but today ChaCha announced it is launching a mobile service called textChaCha.

 

 

ChaCha Gets Extra-Important $10M In Funding

In a series B round of funding, the Indiana 21st Century Research and Technology Fund showed its confidence in ChaCha by tossing in $2 million.  Morton Meyerson must really like ChaCha, though – he gave the human-powered search company $8 million.

Blinkx Tangos With ChaCha

Rising video search engine Blinkx will be funneling its media index into the half-humanized ChaCha search results. If you’ve forgotten about ChaCha (and most of us have, really), this is the engine on which searchers can enlist the aid of a live on-call human for assistance.

ChaCha Receives $6 Million To Keep Dancing

Google may own well over 50% of the search market, but there are still those who are willing to support other engines. A group of companies and individuals recently proved this by giving $6 million in funding to ChaCha, a “smart search engine powered by human intelligence.”

ChaCha Beta Released; Users Seek Google

ChaCha, which describes itself as “the world’s largest live search engine,” is now available in beta form. The interesting feature is the defining one – ChaCha can supply “a human guide who assists you in real-time via an instant-message chat.”