Saturday, February 10, 2007

Twitter to crush Yahoo! Answers?

I was fooling around at jyte this morning and came across this stuff called bubble tea.

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Now, I know I lead a sheltered life, but I‘ve never heard of bubble tea. I have to admit that it doesn‘t look like something I would consume, but being the curious type I did have a few questions. So I decided to ask a question about bubble tea to the world. It occurred to me that Twitter could be used the exact same way as Yahoo! Answers. So I asked my question…

Anyone ever had bubble tea? Wondering if this is something I should try. And where do you find it?
How‘s that for the sort of question you see on YA? A reasonable question for the test? Well, I got my answer almost immediately. Turns out that the major bubble tea specific outlets are nowhere near North Carolina. The closest are in Georgia and New Jersey. There are tons of outlets in California. Hmmmm? I learned, however that the Grand Asia Market in Raleigh has a tea stand in the back of the store and that they make a wonderful bubble tea. So I‘m off to try one today. Have to love it!

Is this gaming Twitter? I don‘t think so. Twitter asks, “What are you doing?”, and I was asking a question. Seems like an acceptable use to me. So you know, Twitter is going to be huge if it isn‘t already.

BTW, I was able to get all of the information I got from asking Twitter by doing a simple search. Wikipedia had a nice page on bubble tea with all the links I needed. YA had pages of bubble tea answers. Which begs the question, who is using these Q&A sites? Are these for people who just don‘t know how to search?

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