Question: What is the difference between a search engine and an answer engine?
Answer: A search engine (like Google, Yahoo!, etc.) will find Web pages that have your search term somewhere in their text. An answer engine will find Web pages that actually answer your question directly.
Want to know where you can find an answer engine? Well, there’s a wonderful (and it’s free!) answer engine available online called BrainBoost that I’d like to introduce you to today! Once you’ve tried it, you may never want to go back to a normal search engine again. Let’s check out all its details!
Click here to go to the BrainBoost Web site. Once there, you’ll see this very simple opening page:
All you have to do is type in your question in plain English and see what happens!
I live in Ireland in a town called Athlone, so I typed in this question: “Where is Athlone?” (There’s no need for quotes or question marks, by the way).
Here are some of the results I got:
But, BrainBoost has a very interesting trick up its sleeve. This is what happens when you click on the Read More button:
You’ll notice that instead of opening up a new window, as most search engines do, it actually opens up the Web page in a scrolling box on the actual page you are viewing at the time. That way, you don’t have to hit the Back button to get back to the search page. How cool is that?!
In a case where there are just a few answers to a question, BrainBoost will offer you some related questions that you might like to consider (see the example below, highlighted by the red box on the left):
If you want to know how BrainBoost works and how to be able to use it to the maximum, click on the “How is BrainBoost different from other search engines?” link, which is located on the Home page. Then be sure to read the comprehensive description.
However, I would like to give a word of warning: BrainBoost is addictive! Once you start using it, it’s very difficult to stop. You can spend several hours looking up the answers to questions you always wanted to know, so just watch yourself!
~ David Woodford