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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia is a website that presents reference content in over four million entries, collected from multiple sources. The site was launched in March of 2005. derives primarily from one of the first downloadable smart reference search engines that was at first known as Atomica from 2000 to 2001 and upgraded in 2001 to GuruNet. The website is the primary product of Answers Corporation (NASDAQ: ANSW) (previously GuruNet Corporation), an Israel-based Internet reference company with offices in New York City and Jerusalem, founded by Bob Rosenschein in 1999.[citation needed] GuruNet's computer program is still being used and supported by the Answers Corporation. bills itself as the "world's greatest encyclodictionalmanacapedia." also operates the trivia game blufr.

Parsing method

The site features a single search field, displayed prominently at the top of each page, in Google style. User input is parsed using heuristics, which allows the site to display a selected list of possibly related pages that contain the search term. If the most-available mode is a dictionary entry, for example, uses a dictionary data feed to supply the answer. Likewise, if the most-available entry is a medical term, displays its medical data feed, and if the most-available entry is an encyclopedia entry, displays commercial encyclopedia data, along with information obtained from Wikipedia in its status as a mirror site. Thus a user can continue to browse the site, which contains advertisements. Since some of the entries have copyrighted commercial sources, that entry might state its copyright, and the notice "all rights reserved", alongside the Wikipedia entry's GNU Free Documentation License, all on the same page. If the Wikipedia link is selected, for example, a new page is rendered in a separate browser instance of Thus there is a live link to each Wikipedia entry. Even an American Sign Language version of the term is displayed as an image from one of its data feeds. is currently being used by Google for providing definitions to search terms (by direct links). Previously, Google had used for that purpose. This switch contributed significantly to's popularity.[citation needed]

The search feature of this web site includes the Google cache of web page hits, the Google Images cache and the Google News feed. Other feeds include IceRocket. When displaying search hits, a timestamp dated in minutes from the present time gives a sense of immediacy to the data, especially the blog content.

An RSS feed is generated for search results. The toolbox pages are Java Server Pages. The site makes use of Ajax for dynamically suggesting search terms.


The site now also incorporates the WikiAnswers website, - which is similar in theory to Yahoo answers, in that a question is asked, and a database 'grows from the seed' until either the original question is fully answered, or a home-grown databank of information exists (hence the 'wiki' prefix). One major difference between WikiAnswers and Yahoo Answers is that WikiAnswers allows users to edit questions and answers to allow the quality of questions and answers to constantly improve over time.

Wikipedia controversy and other for profit sites that rely heavily on Wikipedia's content have created controversy among those who freely contribute that content. [1] Google searches often highly rank pages that mirror content directly from Wikipedia. Contributors to Wikipedia fear that the database of knowledge they created, probably worth billions of dollars considering the amount of traffic that it generates, is being exploited for profit. [2]

This controversy has gained added attention since and Wikipedia announced 1-Click Answers, Wikipedia Edition. [3] Of particular concern is the promotion of on a Wikipedia Tools page that will list useful tools to access Wikipedia.

Prominent employees

  • Robert S Rosenschein, Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer
  • Steven Steinberg, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary
  • Bruce D Smith, Vice President of Investor Relations and Strategic Development
  • Jeff Schneiderman, Chief Technical Officer
  • Jeffrey S Cutler, Chief Revenue Officer. (Source from


The site earns its revenues mostly from marketing through ads present on the pages. reported revenues of $889,000 for the fourth quarter of 2005, an increase of 58% compared to the third quarter of 2005.[citation needed]

As of December 31, 2005, Answers had cash, cash equivalents, and investment securities totalling approximately $14 million.[citation needed]

Major Competitors

  • OneLook
  • Wikipedia


  • Answers Corp. Press Releases

External links

  • website
  • blufr website
  • WikiAnswers website
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