Announcing: Answers App for Windows 8

Windows 8 is here. The bold user interface allows for one-click access to the sites and applications you use most — like Answers.com! Visit the new Windows Store and you’ll see our free app among the mix. Add it to your home screen and you’re just a click or tap away from accessing our database of 60 million questions.

In its first release, the Answers app allows for basic functions — asking, answering and editing questions. Explore our 8,000+ categories and browse featured content based on your interests. The tablet-friendly design enables you to create and consume Answers content easily.

Read more about the app and download it here. Don’t have Windows 8 yet? You can download it here. An upgrade from Windows XP, Vista or 7 will cost between $14.99 and $39.99. Once you’ve checked it out, let us know what you think about our app in the comments!

3 new things about Answers.com

Hey there! It’s been awhile. Things have been busy at Answers.com. Here’s a look at the latest and greatest.

1. In April we debuted our newly designed homepage. What do you think? The new layout features more photos and Q&A about specific topics ranging from movies to money, and baseball to baking. Topics will change often depending on current events and seasons. You’ll also notice a new recent activity module in the top right corner. Look there to find out who is asking what, this very second.

2. You may have noticed a new look for our topic pages, an upgrade from the current category pages. Just like category pages, topic pages show that category’s supervisor, recent activity and top contributors, but they have a fresher look, with photos, contributor avatars and featured content.

3. Why not put a face to that username of yours? When you connect your Answers account with Facebook, your avatar will show on every question you answer or edit, and have a better chance of being featured on the homepage or topic pages. Once you have an account, become a Google+ contributor (click the G+ link in the left menu on the homepage) and your avatar will show in Google search results for questions you have answered.

Let us know what you think about our redesign and new features and stay tuned for more news!

2012 Leap to Win AnswerThon!!


Answers.com will host the 2012 Leap to Win AnswerThon for two days: February 25th through Feb 26th. The contest will begin at 12:00 am ET on the 25th and end at 11:59 pm ET on the 26th!

Don’t miss this leap into the new year event! Win up to $1800 in prizes! There is plenty of opportunity to win in either the 1st, 2nd or 3rd place or as a runner up.

The goal is to answer as many questions as possible in three sentences or more. Participants with the best answers, both accurate and grammatically correct, will be eligible. In order for your answers to be counted and to be eligible for prizes, you must read the rules and sign up to participate at Leap to Win on the Answers.com website.

Year in Review: Our Top Questions of 2011

2011 is winding down and you know what that means — time for our year in review! Take a look back on current events from the past 365 days and what questions and answers you clicked on the most.

January: The NFL playoffs were in full swing, which made our top question this month What is the date for Super Bowl 2011? (The Packers defeated the Steelers 31-25.) Another popular in January was Where can you play Angry Birds online? Apparently the smartphone app wasn’t enough to satisfy our desire to slingshot birds at greedy pigs. During post-holiday January, you were also curious about When should you take down your Christmas tree and decorations? Answers vary from New Year’s Day, to the Epiphany (Jan. 6) to whenever those needles look so dry they could be a fire hazard!

February: Even though Charlie Sheen was #winning the TV news cycle in February, the Green Bay Packers dominated Answers.com traffic. Two of our top questions for February this year asked about the Green and Gold including: How many Super Bowls have the Green Bay Packers won? (Answer: 6), What does the G stand for on a Green Bay Packer helmet? (Answer: Greatness).

March: The death of iconic actress Elizabeth Taylor prompted many of you to wonder, Where are Elizabeth Taylor’s children now? Our minds also turned to those in Japan and the staggering death toll from the March 11 Sendai earthquake and tsunami. How many people died in the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011? Answer: 15,841

April: Love was in the air this month as Prince William wed Kate Middleton, making royalty-related queries spike in popularity. Some of our top questions this month were: What is the full name of Prince William?, What is Queen Elizabeth’s last name? and When did Princess Diana and Prince Charles get married?

May: The world’s most wanted terrorist was killed by American soldiers on May 2, making How did Osama bin Laden die? an obvious top question for this month. Harold Camping predicted the Rapture on May 21 this year (and hey look, we’re still here!). Whether or not you believed his end times prediction, you were asking about it — When is the world going to end? was a very popular query in May.

June: Summer arrived in the Northern Hemisphere meaning BBQs, vacations and swimming! As a result, you were curious to ask: What are the advantages and disadvantages of a saltwater swimming pool? And since we were baring more skin by the pool or on the beach, the question What is the easiest way to get rid of lower stomach fat? shot up in popularity.

July: Sports fans dread July for its lull in activity so they might want to cover their eyes when reading the answer to this top question: On which two days of the year are no professional sports games played — MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL? The release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 on July 15 had you wondering about all things wizardly. As such, What are the seven Horcruxes in the Harry Potter series? earned a spot on our top question list in July.

August: Pop star Beyonce revealed her baby bump at the Video Music Awards this month so When did Beyonce get pregnant? racked up the page views. And even in the depths of summer, many of you were still on the job hunt thanks to the recession. Two popular job-related queries this month were: How do you answer ‘What are your strengths and weaknesses’ in a job interview? and How do you answer ‘Describe yourself’ in an interview?

September: For some odd reason, What was the largest crocodile ever captured? made our high-traffic list this month. On a more serious note, the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 was on all our minds. The #1 question for September was How many people died in the September 11 attacks?

October: Iconic innovator Steve Jobs died this month, leading many of you to ask Who are Steve Jobs’ children? The
release of Paranormal Activity 3 also had you wondering Is the movie ‘Paranormal Activity’ based on a true story? — another to question during the month of Halloween.

November: Americans prepped for Thanksgiving with the most important of questions: How do you cook a turkey? and How long do you defrost a frozen turkey in the refrigerator?

December: Kids turned to Answers.com this month for answers to life’s most urgent questions: What is Santa’s address? and more importantly, Is Santa Claus real?

So what do you think of this year’s top questions? Predictable? Surprising? Do you have a favorite? Let us know in the comments.

Big news: We’ve hit 7 million members!

Wow. This week we reached a huge milestone — 7,011,889 registered members! That’s an additional 1.3 million contributors since this time last year. We’ve come a long way since 2005, when there were less than 1,000 members on FAQ Farm (which later became WikiAnswers) — talk about exponential growth! We’re so happy that our community of answerers continues to thrive. We couldn’t be the world’s greatest Q&A resource without you.

p.s. Are you not a member of our community yet? Join today to start earning contribution points, trust points… and the satisfaction that you are helping to answer the world’s burning questions.

Our very own Answers.com rap!

Get this — Answers.com has its own rap! How many other websites out there can say that?

The catchy beat was recorded recently by Flex Mathews. Our former product manager Shaya met Flex in 2010 at the South By Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. At the conference, Flex and his partner-in-crime, Kosha Dillz, started a freestyle rap after a panel discussion. Shaya took notice of the talent and asked if she could record the two freestyling the next day.

“I got the official idea to write the Answers.com song after seeing the video that Shaya made,” he said.

Turns out Flex was already a fan of Answers.

“I discovered Answers.com about four years ago when I worked a desk job at Walter Reed Army Medical Center,” he said. “I just used the site to look up the definitions of certain words, but didn’t start to use it as a actual information site until about two years ago. I have never gotten any wrong information from Answers.com, so I guess you can say that is what I like the most about the site. I really enjoy the staff as well.”

Well, we really enjoy y-0-u, Flex. We’re so honored to have you record a rap for us!

Pop in your headphones and listen to it right now:

https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F28281270 The Answers.com Rap by AnswersDotCom

A big thanks to Unreal Production who produced the music for Flex to rap over. Want more of Flex Mathews? Follow him on Twitter, check out his blog, YouTube channel and download some of his music here.

Our newest site: Coupons by Answers.com

The holiday season is upon us! Less than 30 days until Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. More than ever before, consumers are turning to the web for deal-hunting on their holiday purchases. So to help our users find the best bargains on the web, we are excited to announce the launch of Coupons by Answers.com!

What is Coupons by Answers.com? It’s an aggregation of the web’s hottest deals — coupons, free shipping offers, discounts, and much more — from popular online retailers such as Best Buy, Target, Macy’s, and Pottery Barn. But what makes this new site particularly special is that we’ll be combining all of this with the community-based Q and A for which Answers.com is known and trusted. With a slight twist: because of the short-lived nature of coupons as well as the opinion-based nature of deal-hunting, we have introduced the multiple answer format for our new Coupons site. Our consumer research has indicated this is the best way to help shoppers, and we’re excited about rolling out this new approach.

Why are we launching our Coupons site? We have found that consumers frequently have questions about the stores and products they want to buy, as well as about the coupons they find. Within our vast community, we know we have plenty of shopping experts who can answer a wide range of shopping-related questions, and we want to share their expertise with our broad audience to users to give them more confidence that they are getting the most for their money.

To celebrate the launch of Coupons, we’re giving away $100 gift cards every day for the next two weeks! Just answer the question posted on the Coupons homepage for a chance to win. And, double your chances to win by “Liking” us on Facebook! Check out all the best bargains at your favorite retailer, then let us know what you think in the comments. Happy Savings!