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Cha Cha

It’s really cool finding out what other folks are looking at these days. I suppose that’s why they call it social media – that’s pretty much how I came across this latest website and social tool. Introducing ChaCha – perhaps the next acquisition by Google? Why do I say that? Well because ChaCha allows folks to simply text a 160 character message to a database for answers and in a few moments, the answer will be sent back. Obviously this shouldn’t be used by folks who don’t have unlimited text plans. An example that they give is like if you’d like to know if there’s a coffee shop nearby. In the 160 characters you have, you’d need to type in the question and as much specific location info as possible. If you can do that and have it be legible and readable, then presto! you have your answer.

The only downside I see of this is that you only have 160 characters to be as specific as possible, but there is a lot of information to include in your text messaging. What’s impressive is that you won’t be pulling information from a database or a machine, but ChaCha is using real people to send back answers. From what I can gather in their FAQ-esque section, it’s going to be a subscription program, but in the time that it’s in beta testing, you can ask all that you want for free. So if you want to be on the go and need to find information as to where’s the nearest gas station or have any specific questions to ask, feel free to text your question to ChaCha and in mere moments, you’ll have an answer. Start a text conversation with your helpful ChaCha guide and show Google that you don’t need some search engine looking up millions of websites for the info you want when a real live person can solve all your problems with a quick 160 character answer.

By Ken Yeung

Ken Yeung is a journalist fascinated with the tech industry and internet culture. He's currently Flipboard's Assistant Managing Editor, overseeing news curation in technology, science, gaming and health. In addition to his day job, Ken's the co-host of "The Created Economy" podcast, examining the Creator Economy. In a past life, he was a former reporter for VentureBeat and The Next Web, covering tech startups, the industry's innovations and funding.