Welcome to Answers.com, a Web site where you can find a ton of information on just about any topic. They call themselves “the world’s greatest encyclo-diction-alamanac-apieda.” I recommend watching the two minute tour first. It does require you to have a Flash player, but you can also download it as a movie. You can then watch it with your favorite movie player or use the default one that comes with your computer (mine is Windows Media Player). The tour walks you through how to use the site, as well as, some of the free add ons and downloads you can get.
Now that you know how to search the site, let’s talk about all the other nifty things going on here. Next, beneath the two minute tour link, you will see an image that reads New, with the WikiAnswer section link. WikiAnswer is a place where you can ask a question, answer them or just browse through the different Q&As others have posted. If you want to ask or answer questions, you do need to register and sign in. It’s all free, so go ahead and do it whenever you’re ready!
If you want to ask a question, you will see an example of good and bad questions. Good meaning that you’ve included enough information that someone can answer the specifics of what you want to know. Bad being far too general of a question and one that would be hard to answer without asking more questions. Bad also means having personal information included.
If you want to answer a question, you can browse by unanswered questions or by most recently added. Or you can just choose the Browse option as well. Browsing will let you look at a list of categories that you can choose from. Some of them have subtopics to let you narrow down what you want to answer too. For example, Pets and Animals breaks down into topics on specific animals.
On the main page, you will also see Today’s Highlights, In the News, Today in History, Today’s Birthdays, Say What? and Spelling Bee. You can also sign up to get Today’s Highlights sent directly to your e-mail Inbox.
Today’s Highlights is a spotlight section where you will find one topic covered and then a quote about it.
In the News – Here you will find video clips of things happening around the world.
Today in History – This covers something that happened in the past on today’s date.
Today’s Birthday – This one shows you which famous person is having their birthday today, as well as, what they were in (films) or what they’ve done to become famous.
Say What? – Here you will find an uncommon word that someone has recently looked up and what it means, how it is used, etc.
Spelling Bee – Test your knowledge of words and how they are spelled everyday with the Spelling Bee section. Just choose the correct spelling and click Find Out to see if you chose correctly.
I don’t think you’ll turn to another dictionary, encyclopedia or almanac after using this site. I know I won’t. I bookmarked it and have been using it non-stop ever since. Check it out!