|Description||social search, Q&A service|
|Angel, 1/2007 |
|Series A, 10/2008 |
Aardvark (formerly Mechanical Zoo) is a social search engine, founded by a group of former Google employees. Aardvark that lets users ask questions that are distributed to the social graph for a quick and high quality answers. It launched into private beta in 2008.
Aardvark is a way to get quick, quality answers to questions from your extended social network. You can ask questions via an instant message buddy or email. The questions are then farmed out to your contacts (and their contacts) based on what they say they have knowledge of. If you ask taste related questions about music, books, movies, restaurants, etc., they’ll ask people who tend to show similar tastes as you in their profile.
Richard Chen has invested in Aardvark
A look at Aardvark with the company founders.Added: 9/27/13
Aardvark, an application currently for facebook only, as of July 2009, is a subjective search based on real-world social networks. Aardvark is operated via email or IM. Aardvark will consult your social network within two or three degrees of separation to find relevant answers and information.