Now Gchat is my personal favorite IM platform for business or pleasure, and I am much less likely to go to a third-party site if I can get answers quickly on my phone or while in gmail. Quora and Aardvark will remain useful for abstract or technical questions, and Facebook Questions seems like it will benefit queries of a personal nature, but Google Talk Guru could easily be the fastest and best alternative to questions about everything else!
This is how you get started:
via guru.googlelabs.comWelcome to Google Talk Guru!
Get started! Send a chat invitation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Google Talk Guru is an experimental service that allows people to get information like sports results, weather forecasts, definitions etc via chat. It works on many popular chat applications that support Google Talk.
To start using Google Talk Guru:
1. Sign into a chat client that supports Google Talk
2. Send a chat invitation to email@example.com or click the "Invite myself to chat with Guru" link below.
3. Find guru in your contact list and send chat queries to guru using the examples below:
Sport scores: score arsenal Weather: weather Nairobi Calculate: 123 * 45 Currency: 120 KES to USD Definition: define laptop Translation: translate earth to French Web result: web Mount Kenya Help: help translate© 2011 Google
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