The new service would allow people in countries across Africa to ask questions and post answers to questions from others.
Before now, Google launched a knowledge sharing service called “Knol” that makes it free and easy to create, collaborate on, and publish credible web content.
While I’m not sure whether the new service will be called Knol, perhaps it could be a local word or name that describes a meeting place for knowledge sharing.
As you may know, one of Google’s goals in Africa is to make the internet more locally relevant and bring more people online.
However, one of the challenges of the internet in Africa is that there is a lack of local content online.
With this new service, Google is trying to help people find information about local businesses, entertainment, health, etc by asking questions and posting answers to questions from other people.
Interestingly, over the last one year, I’ve been involved with a new search portal for Nigeria – www.connectnigeria.com – that aims to make relevant and reliable information easy to find, easy to use.
It’ll be more interesting to see whether this new Google service would make or mar relevant and reliable information for Africa.