Yahoo Answers, Answers.com, Askville (Amazon), ChaCha, Facebook Questions, Keen, Rewarder, Quora Vark and Jelly Are All What We Like To Call Social Searches. These are different the typical Google experience because these searches bring humans into the mix.
Humanity is now connected more than ever. The concept of 6 degrees of separation has now turned into four because of social networking and mobile phones. While most of these social searches and projects have met a deadly fate. Jelly is set to make a re-launch in April 2016.
It goes without saying that we do need traditional web search engines because the Internet would be messy without them. But the way we make search better is by taking a fundamentally new approach to how we get the answers.
Jelly's creator Biz Stone says Jelly is humanity presented as software. Jelly doesn’t search the web. It finds you the person with the answer you need. Jelly connects the user to people in their inner circle and to those outside of their circle who can answer the same question. Jelly's premise is that people can answer these questions better than a search engine and considering these people are all connected to do one thing and that's to help. Jelly also makes it easy for the users as there’s no need to sign up, and asking questions is not attached to your name, so you can ask anything you want.
How do you use Jelly? Say you’re walking along and you spot something unusual. You want to know what it is so you launch Jelly, take a picture, circle it with your finger, and type, “What’s this?” That query is submitted to some people in your network who also have Jelly. Jelly notifies you when you have answers.
It seems like Jelly is really banking on users intentions of helping. And truth is told a lot of this sounds similar to what Biz was saying about Jelly back in 2014 when they first launched so we will just have to wait and see what the verdict is. Are you down with Jelly? Would you use it?