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gary price [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, September 5, 2006
17 years ago5,045 views

Over at Ask, we've been doing this for many months. I first blogged about it in July.

A few examples.

Languages of Finland

In addition, the Ask result also has direct links to other sources including Wikipedia, the BBC Profile for the country, and travel info. Finally, clicking Finland takes you to another result with more basic country info.

Ask Only
Birth rate Iceland
Birth Rate Iceland

Prime Minister Australia

GDP Ireland (2004 number)

Google uses a 2001 number

Ask also does this for governors, U.S. States
Again, Ask includes direct links to the govs web site and an image of the
state flag.

United States info. example
governor New Hampshire

governor Massachusetts

Tibor Santa [PersonRank 0]

17 years ago #

Actually this feature work only at the domain, but not at my national subdomain for example (


the Hungarian result page won't have the onebox :(

it didn't work on other national subdomain, either.. like:

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

17 years ago #

On, it works.

Roberto [PersonRank 0]

17 years ago #

Italy — Prime Minister: Silvio Berlusconi
According to


Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

17 years ago #

They've used an outdated version of the page. Facts should be checked from more than one source and not just once.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

17 years ago #

I bet they do Ionut... they just show one sample link but you can also click on "more sources". I'm sure there's a threshold over 1... of course, I may give Google too much credit :)

Gary Price [PersonRank 10]

17 years ago #

Is this better?

As you can see we use several sources:
World Factbook
BBC Profiles
and applicable in this case, travel info.

Btw, a good but not perfect source for world leader info (updated every two weeks or so) can be found here:

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

17 years ago #

"The Chief of State of
Italy is President Giorgio Napolitano, and the Head of State is President Of The Council Of Ministers Romano Prodi"

The answers should be: "Romano Prodi". There are two names in the phrase and I didn't ask who's the president.

Anyway, MSN and Yahoo are also not well-informed.

Gary Price [PersonRank 10]

17 years ago #

Well, we feel good. :-)

Amit Patel [PersonRank 1]

17 years ago #

Oh, ya – the sneaky Q&A feature again....

Take a look at this:

Search Google for: % of African American in Los Angeles

At the top of the page is a Google Q&A answer – 11% – based on data retrieved from

But the site itself has been removed from the main index.

No pages in site command.

No pages in allinurl command

No pages in info command

Crawling been done pretty recently.
There is an August 2006 cache.


Thus a site that has been deemed good enough to serve as an Answer reference for the Google Q&A feature – yet has been banned from the main index.

Ya betcha!

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