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Yahoo launches standalone Yahoo Answers app so we can decide if God is real or not

Published Nov 30th, 2016 9:18AM EST
Yahoo Answers App
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Yahoo Answers is one of the internet’s greatest punchlines, but the fact remains that the long-running platform is still a popular destination for people with questions to ask. Now, Yahoo is turning its Q&A site into a standalone iOS app dedicated to asking, answering, and browsing the massive database of questions.

The app is called Yahoo Answers Now, and it’s currently in an invite-only beta, though you can freely download the app and request an invitation be sent to your email from within it. TechCrunch reports that the app has actually been in testing for several months, but was listed under the name “Yahoo Hive,” before officially changing to its new moniker.

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Yahoo Answers Now is essentially a streamlined version of the Yahoo Answers web experience, with questions organized by category, date, and so on. The app automatically pushes the newest and most popular questions to the top of the list, which are oftentimes some of the most hilarious questions on the entire site. For example, pulling from the current crop of “Top” questions, these gems emerge:

Good luck with those!

Yahoo’s relationship with iOS is a complicated one. The company has long been doing whatever it can think of to try to get its apps to stick, and it’s had some spectacular failures along the way. Yahoo Axis is probably the most memorable debacle, as the app’s launch in mid 2012 was marred by some serious security oversights that led to most of the tech press recommending that everyone avoid it entirely. Not surprisingly, Yahoo scrapped the app about a year later.

The company currently has 32 apps on its iOS publisher account, including standalone apps for Yahoo Search, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Esports, and Yahoo Weather, among others. A solo Yahoo Answers app doesn’t seem all that surprising, in context, but whether it will actually gain traction among iOS users is anyone’s guess.

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