Beta for answering questions

Posted By on June 9, 2008

ChaCha LogoI was asking a question about raccoons in my prior post and figure it might be the perfect opportunity to talk about an interesting cellphone/text messaging service — ChaCha.
chachaThe FREE service requires that you register your email address and cellphone number with ChaCha and uses “human” researchers, called “guides,” to text back an answer to your question. I have heard that “guides” make 20 cents per answered question for sms messaged or phone called questions. In asking the “raccoon” question my “guide” Tamar S. indicated that there are usually 4 or 5 in a litter.

Although I haven’t used the ChaCha service regularly yet, it sure looks like there is potential for fairly active use? I have it in my Treo database and will probably start to use it more frequently to answer those dinner party or coffee shop conversational questions — it might even make me look smart!
Once registered at, you can send a text question to 242242 (ChaCha) or call your question in to 800-224-2242. Within a few minutes a ‘guide’ will research your question FREE and send back an answer. Here’s a second test using the phone to call in a question about the upcoming TDIFest. (MP3 audio of call)

TDIFest ChaCha answer


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  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.