IDEA #116: Short (135 character) Answers/Facts that display in Google Results (no click-thru needed by user!)


There are many questions that I ask Google that should just show an answer in the results, rather than requiring me to click-thru. A website should be built that addresses this problem. Google’s results show up to 135 characters it appears, so if you can summarize the answer into that, great. You could add a “more…” at the end so the user knows they could click through to get more details on the answer.

Ask users to +1 the answer if quick and helpful to them.

Yes, you won’t get as many page views as other q/a sites, but imagine the time you’ll save people. And I don’t see why Google wouldn’t gobble you up if you did this properly.

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