This is a great example of how the social network is helping to build collective knowledge.
Just got a nice email from the good folks at Amazon promoting their new service called Askville.
“As a valued Amazon customer, you’ve been specially picked to get an early look at a new website Amazon has just launched called Askville. Askville is a place where you can ask any question on any topic and get real answers from real people. It’s a fun place to meet others with similar interests to you and a place where you can share what you know. You can learn something new everyday or help and meet others using your knowledge. It’s new, and best of all, it’s free!”
Didn’t Yahoo! just do this with Yahoo! Answers? They hit the 10 Million mark this May, and are now at the one year anniversary a few days ago. Funny that Google scrapped their Google Answers just last month.
They future key is to make sure all of this collective knowledge is easily retrievable regardless of which data repository it’s in, furthering the knowledge accessible to humans using the internet.