You can Google just about anything, but it’s not always your best resource for finding the exact answer to what you want. Here’s a look at our top ten tools for finding better answers online.
You can’t ask Wolfram Alpha anything, but you can ask it for information you can’t find anywhere else. It’s full of information and calculations that no other search engine can provide.
For example, you can use Wolfram Alpha to calculate activity-specific calorie burn, analyze illness symptoms and generic drug options, and make sense of your confusing family relationships.
For more ideas, check out our full Wolfram Alpha coverage, or just play around with it yourself.
You might be thinking, “duh.” For that reason it’s pretty much impossible to keep Wikipedia off of a Top 10 list about finding better answers online.
Wikipedia contains an enormous wealth of information and it ought to be your primary destination when you want quick information on a given topic.
While you can’t ask it a specific question, if you know what you’re looking for you’re bound to find it on Wikipedia. It doesn’t have an article on everything, but if it did there would be no need for this Top 5.
3. Ask Reddit
For the more casual and fun questions, you have Ask Reddit. If you’re not familiar with Reddit, it’s a social news site with a dedicated user base.
Those users make Ask Reddit a good tool to get answers, but most of the questions you find tend to fall on the light side of things.
You can learn how to cope with putting down your old cat, combat your extreme paranoia, and find out how many people feel Christmas isn’t worth it anymore, making the tool more interesting to read when you’re bored than the best tool to find the answer you’re looking for.
In the event you have a question that fits the topics floating around Ask Reddit, however, you’ll have plenty of people to join in and answer.
2. Duck Duck Go
Duck Duck Go is a clever search engine that provides tons of shortcuts to help you find what you’re looking for very quickly. The idea is to get you your information without the need to click around too much.
Need a color swatch for a particular HEX value? Just enter the HEX value in Duck Duck Go and you’ll get it. It can even help you quickly generate a strong, random password.
Although search, in general, is pretty fast, Duck Duck Go has a tool set to help you get answers and information as quickly as possible.
Aardvark lets you ask just about any question and receive an answer in under a minute—for free. Aardvark aims to keep the process simple by keeping your questions short and sweet.
You ask a question that’s about the length of a tweet and you get an answer that isn’t much longer from helpers whose interests match that of the question.
In return, you’re encouraged to answer questions that fall into your area of expertise.
5. Wolfram Alpha
Aardvark is possible because of this information exchange and generally works very well, although it did fail to find a good soft-serve ice cream shop in Los Angeles.
I guess I’ll have to settle for Tasti D-Lite, whenever it finally shows up. But why is Aardvark number one? Because it effectively does the same thing as Twitter, but without the need for a base of followers.
It does a fantastic job at matching your question with relevant, helpful people and it does it fast.
Even though it couldn’t do the impossible and find soft server ice cream in Los Angeles, it’s probably the best question and answer service you could ask for.
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