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New Feature: Answers.com AnswerTips

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I’ve added a new feature to post pages on this blog: Answers.com’s AnswerTips. This feature lets you double-click on any word on the page and get a balloon explaining what that word means. All I had to do to add this was go to this page, enter some info about my blog, and grab the JavaScript. It seems like a cool feature, better than linking to the Wikipedia entry on every confusing word I write (especially since Answers is using Wikipedia for many of those results anyway), and it doesn’t seem to slow down the loading of the site.

The one thing I don’t like is that in order to use it, you have to include a small image that says the name of the service, and tells readers to double-click on any word. The image, while small and looking good enough to blend, is animated, which is just plain annoying. This is a first release, so I’m hoping Answers releases new, non-animated images. I like the idea of explaining to people how to use it, but I hate having animation distracting people.

AnswerTips works in most web browsers, but not Opera or Safari. Check it out.

March 29th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General | 4 comments



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4 Comments »

  1. “AnswerTips works in most web browsers, but not Opera”

    Thank god. All the same I’ve added it to the blocked content list just in case they decide to annoy Opera users as well.

    Seriously, I’d have thought everybody on the web could search a term they are unfamiliar with.

    Comment by Ian | March 29, 2007

  2. Ian, I’d love to hear why you didn’t like AnswerTips, because that feedback will determine if I should keep it. Let me know.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | April 1, 2007

  3. I think Answertips its cool and useful

    Comment by mark | April 23, 2007

  4. Hey Nathan,

    Thanks for giving AnswerTips a try. As far as the animated icons, we did provide non-animated ones in the past and I will look into sorting that out for you. I’ll be in touch.

    Let me know if you have any other questions or suggestions for AnswerTips. Get in touch: lizc at answers.com.

    Liz
    Chief BlogWatcher
    Answers.com

    Comment by Liz | May 6, 2007

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