Sometimes it’s much easier to get the answer you need from another person than to spend time searching for it. A service called Wondir, makes it possible to ask questions on any topic and get answers from other members of the community. The service is completely free and supported by advertising from Google.
Wondir has been around for a couple of years (here’s a 2002 story from SearchDay) but the official launch of the service came yesterday. Stop by, ask a question or share an answer. You don’t have to be a registered member of the community to use the service. However, registered users gain access to many features including an question alert service. Additional details in this news release.
Wondir is being led by info industry veteran Matt Koll. Matt is the person Chris and I credit in our book with coining the term, Invisible Web. Here’s a link to a Q&A interview with Dr. Koll that I put together last year.
Btw, Wondir isn’t the only place you can have questions answered for free. Most libraries (public, academic, even The Library of Congress) offer “virtual reference” services where you can interact with librarians and ask questions via an IM like tool. Not into IM? Most libraries also offer e-mail and telephone reference service. More about virtual reference in this post.