New site Beepl knows what's on your mind
January 16th, 2012
10:26 AM ET

New site Beepl knows what's on your mind

By John D. Sutter, CNN

(CNN) - Got a question? A new Q&A site called Beepl already knew that.

Well, kinda.

Not only will the site give you an answer to the question that's on your mind, it claims to know what types of questions you're likely to ask before you ever type them into the site's question-answer interface.

"Beepl ... understands the topics that questions relate to and users’ interests and expertise so that questions automatically reach the best people to answer them," the company said in a blog post on Monday, as the site went live to the public after three months of private trials. "It achieves this by employing natural language processing and machine learning to create a real-time network of experts in which questions are re-routed and matched to the most relevant users, marking Beepl out from similar Q&A sites."

The site also leverages data from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to serve up Q&As that might interest a particular person. When I signed in this morning, for instance, I was greeted with questions about social media sites, gadgets and other techie stuff.

Like its rival site, Quora, which was the talk of Silicon Valley about a year ago, Beepl crowdsources the answers to questions, meaning the site's users essentially answer each other's queries. So there's no guarantee the answers are right - or that anyone will answer. VentureBeat, a blog that follows start-ups and emerging tech, says that the difference between Quora and Beepl is that Beepl is using semantic info from social media to try to find experts who would be best able to answer a given question.

The blog adds:

Beepl allows users to easily sign-up through Facebook or Twitter and then have the option of connecting to LinkedIn. Once you’re connected, Beepl makes it extremely easy to post a question or browse lists of questions that you may be able to answer. It offers a “direct questions” feature that lets you message other users in private if you don’t feel like publicly posting or answering. Beepl also looks to reward active users by tracking the number of times you post a question or answer one. It keeps a running tally, which determines your “Beepl Rank.”

For now, the site, which was c0-founded by former TechCrunch writer Steve O’Hear, seems to be little-used. The "Popular Q's" on the site typically have less than 10 responses. That could change as more people find out about Beepl, of course, but for now the site's launch seems to ask more questions than it answers about the future of Q&A sites - namely: Do we need more of them?

Beepl does have some supporters, though.

A Twitter user named @adamblottr, for example, wrote on Twitter that "Beepl is addictive & somehow hooks me in better than Quora & YahooAnswers ever did." Beepl featured that post on its official blog.

If you check out the site, let me know what you think of it in the comments section below. Or answer my Beepl question about it.

So far, I have two responses. One positive and one maybe-we'll-see.

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  1. Jan Paricka

    One mistake in article that I noticed was that Steve isn't a co-founder. Never was.

    March 4, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  2. Ruth

    I do not know if it’s just me or if everybody else encountering issues with your site. It seems like some of the text in your content are running off the screen. Can someone else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them as well? This might be a problem with my browser because I’ve had this happen previously. Cheers

    January 22, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply
    • Maricelbalasabas

      This makes my blood boil. All those ineocnnt lives. I WISH DEATH TO THE CORRUPT GOVT. People are waking up. American Revolution # 2 shall soon come. We will no longer be slaves.

      February 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  3. torchbearer

    CONSERVATIVES VS LIBERALS...

    The "COMMON" differentation is "conservatives & liberals" ..!
    If you are a minority... support "change" ..an Obama, Pelosi,
    Reid supporter...in favor of spending.."you are considered a
    "liberal" ....
    If.. you are a older person... support the "past policies"... are a
    Republican ..want to clamp down on spending..." you are
    considered to be a "conservative" ...
    In the upcoming election, it will be "liberals vs conservatives" ..
    I "THINK IT GOES BEYOND THAT" ....
    The "liberals" HAVE A VALID POINT ...
    The "conservatives" ...HAVE A VALID POINT...

    What this country needs is "TO GET BACK ON THE TRACK
    WE WERE ON...WITH "REMOVAL OF THE LOOPHOLES"
    THAT PERMIT "MANIPULATION BY BOTH GROUPS" ...!
    We "were on the best track we could be on" ...whereby...both
    minorities AND conservatives were "prospering" as much as
    one can expect them to in a "diverse,economically depraved
    world society" ...
    THE LIBERALS.. were NOT happy with that...they "demanded
    change" ..They "RECEIVED IT" ...!
    Often we ask "How is the change working out for you" ...?
    It is "DESTROYING OUR SOCIETY" ..in the long run.. BUT IT IS
    WORKING "GREAT" FOR "THEM" ...NOW...!
    They are "DRAINING" funds from the society..& "were the funds
    from the RICH..it would NOT "create such a problem", but the RICH
    continues .."TO GET THEIRS" ..so the funds comes "from the
    middle class" ...from business closures & layoffs of conservatives" ..!

    So, NOW.. the "conservatives fight back" ...!
    There is a "GENERAL BELIEF"..(especially on the part of THIS opiner),
    that a "OUR PROBLEMS ORIGINATED WITH THE ELECTION OF A
    "MONOPOLISTIC, GREEDY, MANIPULATIVE REPUBLICAN
    ADMINISTRATION" ..who left the "cookie jar empty" ..
    They .."KNEW" this administration would fail.. & "they would be called
    BACK INTO SERVICE" ..?
    AND.. "WE ALL FIGHT TO FALL INTO THEIR TRAP" ..?

    One "DOES NOT HAVE TO ACCEPT THIS "GENERAL BELIEF" ...
    but they should "at least consider it" ..AND.. THERE ARE "OTHER
    OPTIONS" ..?
    It is "WELL PAST"...the time "for a 2 party system" ..BUT.. unless one
    can "get a majority" to "BELIEVE THAT" ..we are "S.O.L....perhaps..?
    As long as we have this "MASS..GO NEWT" faction who allow themselves
    to "be duped into the Pub web" ..by Romney & Gingrich.."WE WILL FAIL" ..!!

    So, "THOUGH I CONSIDER MYSELF A CONSERVATIVE" ..
    IT GOES A "BIT DEEPER" ..!
    Conservatism...is "NOT ONLY A SPENDTHRIFT LABEL" ..!!

    I have found in my life... "THAT OFTEN WHILE YOU PURSUE VARIOUS
    MEANS OF RELIEF" ...the opposition gains momentum.. &
    "YOU LOSE THE BATTLE" !

    January 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  4. torchbearer

    This morning "a TV analyst" ..said.."RON PAUL IS NOT A SERIOUS
    CANDIDATE, SINCE THE GOP WILL NOT ACCEPT HIM" ...?
    Hmmmm...?
    The man... "followed the rules" ...ran in a party to give his supporters
    "an option" ...???
    THAT.. is the "proper format" ...!
    I "would seriously believe.. that Ron Paul will be on the ballot..one way
    or the other...!

    I kinda break it down like this..
    There are (like) 15% of the American voters who are "USING THEIR BRAIN" ..
    "HAVE A BRAIN" ...& want "stability restored to this society" ..
    There is (like) 25% "WHO ARE IDIOTS & WILL FALL INTO THE PUB
    WEB" ...
    Then there are (like) 55% of the voters "WHO ARE LIBERALS/IMMIGRANTS" ..
    who will "SUPPORT THE DEM TICKET"..."IF" ..they "ALL TURN OUT" ..!
    The "MAIN" factor NOW..MAY be that "Obama has such a poor record" ..
    He MAY "be replaced" ...?
    IF.. "HE IS" ..it will "LIKELY" ..be by the "REPUBLICAN" candidate ..!

    We "JUST AMASSED A 9 "TRILLION DOLLAR INDEBITURE BY THE PUBS" ..
    followed by a "4-5 TRILLION DOLLAR INDEBITURE BY OBAMA" ..
    CAN WE STAND " ANOTHER 4 YEARS OF "INDEBITURE" ..?
    I "am NOT SURE" ..the public understands the meaning of "TRILLION" ..???
    Hmmmmm..?

    January 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  5. torchbearer

    GINGRICH INPUTS HIS PLOY...

    Last week, analysts were asked whether the "race was over with Romney
    leading" ..?
    One said "NOT NECCESSARILY" .."IF" ...GINGRICH can "persuade both
    Perry AND Santorum.. to drop out" ..HE "will get most of their support" ..?
    I "AM SURE GINGRICH WAS LISTENING" ...!
    So, this morning...He "got Perry to drop out" ...
    Santorum..."HAS TO BE NEXT" ...!
    They ALSO...said.. Paul is NOT accepted by the Pubs...
    so "HE IS NOT A FACTOR" ..???
    Hmmmmm..?
    "SORT OF MANIPULATIVE, DEVIOUS....but SMART" ..??
    Well, "WE MADE (MULTI?) BILLIONAIRES OUT OF GWB, CHENEY, &
    ASS'S" ..now we will "HELP OUT OLE NEWT" ..!
    I just " wonder" ..."HOW MUCH THIS WILL COST EACH WORKER" ?
    Way to go , guys...THANKS!

    January 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  6. torchbearer

    Hmmmmm...?

    Newt Gingrich's first wife said on TV.. Newt wanted her to have
    an "open" marriage..
    Accept the fact.. "THAT HE HAD ANOTHER LOVE" ...???
    Hmmmm..?
    Sort of "mormon" like ...especially for a CATHOLIC..?
    Newt .."doesn't want to talk about the past" ...??
    Geez...
    We are "SURE" ...able to forgive "the past" ..!

    "THAT" ...is what is "GREAT"... about America....!
    Once... in a " intelligent" society...IF you "reneged on
    a debt..it was noted" ...
    "IF" .. you declared bankruptsy... it was "kept on your record" ..
    Now...We... "will forget the past" ...???
    Geez...( I am glad it "YOU"..loaning them money ..!)

    January 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
    • Emanet

      Je les as vus Sandigirl dgomame il n'y avait pas une video dans la chambre de DSK a Sofitel j'imagine celle de Vendredi soir est mieux C'est pas possible cette homme/ours

      February 21, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Reply
  7. torchbearer

    SARAH PALIN

    A "LOT" of support for this woman for "leadership" ..
    I was "SO ENAMORED WITH HER" ...in the "tea party"
    innovation...
    Listening to her, more & more, HAS COOLED THIS FERVOR!
    I "am NOT ENAMORED" ...with this "REPUBLICAN" ..
    ENDORSEMENT...REGARDLESS OF WHO IT IS..!
    A "Republican" administration "GOT US IN THIS MESS" ..
    & "NOT SO SURE "I" WANT THEM BACK" ..

    It is "EVIDENT" .. that there are MANY problems in
    our society..."by MANY groups/individuals" ...& "WE
    NEED TO CORRECT THESE "PROBLEMS" ..
    The "problems"... that "I" think "NEED SOLVING" ..have
    NOT BEEN ADDRESSED BY A SINGLE CANDIDATE..!

    Palin, appears MORE & MORE.. to be "just another
    HEADLINE HOG" ..a "delegate for the Pubs" ..!
    "I" .."KINDA THOUGHT/HOPED..."SOMEDAY" WE MAY
    .. get a "CANDIDATE FOR THE WORKING CLASS" ...?

    THAT.. is a "PIPE DREAM" ..Perhaps..?

    January 18, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
  8. JP

    The fact that this site requires a Facebook or Twitter login in order to do anything is what will shoot it in the foot. I'm genuinely interested in helping people and answering questions in my spare time, but I have no interest in Twitter or Facebook. This seems to be just another social media puppy mill. Is the point to help one-another and answer questions, or is the point to have something to talk about on Twitter and Facebook?

    January 17, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  9. PeriSoft

    I refuse to use web sites which have vowel-crunched last letters. Flickr, tumblr, beepl... I guess the latter is marginally more acceptable than the former due to its not crunching an 'er', but it's still bloody annoying. During an IRC discussion once, I came up with three extremely stupid web-2.0-social sounding names, out of nowhere. Two were real. Are peopl really more likely to use a website because its name is idiotc?

    January 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
    • Marie

      I wish there were "like" button here that I could press.

      January 17, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Reply
      • Marie

        A "like" button, I mean.

        January 17, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
      • Raphael

        You are my iatnke, I have few blogs and very sporadically run out from post . He who controls the past commands the future. He who commands the future conquers the past. by George Orwell.

        February 22, 2012 at 3:20 am |
  10. torchbearer

    INTERESTING....!

    Watching this "DOG & PONY SHOW"..UNFOLD ON THE TV
    is "humorous" ..yet SAD...!
    In the debate in S.C. last night...RON PAUL "ACED"..."EVERY"
    CATAGORY.. AS THE WINNER..yet..
    "HE IS DISMISSED" ..by the media...????
    The "MAN" ...IS THE "PEOPLES CHOICE"..
    IT IS "SO CLEAR"
    THAT THE "PUBS" ..DON'T WANT HIM...THE LIBS "DON'T
    WANT HIM...but "HE HAS THE RIGHT TO BE THERE" ..!
    What HE says..makes sense...!!!
    IT "REALLY" ..SHOWS WHERE THIS NATION IS HEADED..!
    A "populace" .. is "sheepled" ...into "THEIR PROMOTION" ...
    unknowingly...

    Let us "examine his stance on Iran" ...something "HE WAS
    BOOED ON"...by the audience...!

    He said "We CANNOT continue to SUPPORT WARS" ..??
    " " "If "WE".. were attacked by a foreign power.. would
    we NOT DO THE SAME AS THEY ARE DOING" ..?
    Hmmmm..?
    Where the leaders of Iran, Iraq, & N.Korea have shown a
    "semblance of lunacy"...I am NOT SO SURE.. "THE WORLD
    IS ELATED WITH GWB & OBAMA" ... !!!
    We "NEED" TO KEEP OUR NOSE OUT OF THEIR BUSINESS..
    "THAT" ..I "believe" ...!
    This "alliance with Saudia Arabia that the previous Cargyle group/
    administration had" ...could "be the key" ...!
    It has become..."THE U.S./SAUDIA/ISRAEL" ..VS.."Iran/Iraq"
    for "control of the mideastern oil flow" ..!!!
    This is a "VERY LUCRETIVE VENTURE" ..by the oil companies..
    "THEY ARE IN CONTROL" ...!
    I was "SO HAPPY" ..when the " TEA PARTY" SURFACED..!
    At "LAST" .."WE HAVE A VOICE" ....!!
    BUT...
    ALAS... "THAT" idea "quickly" ..went by the way..!!!
    Without a "UNIFIED" voice...a "UNIFIED" leadership...
    the "PARTY" QUICKLY "DEVERSIFIED" ..!
    They "ARE STILL THERE" ..but "SO DIVERSIFIED" ..!!!
    You "HAVE TO HAVE A "SPECIFIC" leadership..UNIFIED
    ON A TOPIC...(besides the general "we want jobs" ..)

    I "HAVE NO DOUBT" .. that "WHOEVER EMERGES AS THE
    REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE" ..will turn out to be "THE PUPPET
    OF THE PREVIOUS REGIME" ...in their "2nd" ploy...!

    What I find "interesting" ..is that "OBAMA" is the "GOAT" ..!
    "THIS" administration is "CLEARLY"..."DESTRUCTIVE" ...
    "MANY" .. of their "ideas"...ARE..."SOCIALISTIC & DESTRUCTIVE" ..
    BUT..
    "the "ONE" ...intelligent "opposition" they have (against the rich) ..
    IS "GENUINE"...perhaps"...?

    January 17, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
  11. torchbearer

    A "LOGICAL" IDEA..?

    NOW... They are saying "VOTING TWICE/3 TIMES/"ANY" ILLEGAL
    MEANS OF VOTING" ..IS "SMART" & should be exercised...?
    Geez...!!

    "THIS" ..IS THE HEIGHT..."OF LUNACY" ..???
    I mean..."WHY".. EVEN " VOTE" ...?
    Just "let "whomever" ..be the boss"...??
    THIS IS WHAT THE MEDIA IS "PROMOTING" ...?
    Have "we lost "ALL SEMBLENCE OF INTELLIGENCE &
    MORALITY" ...??
    They also "WANT" .."voting by convicted felons...?
    Geez...!
    Well, "IF THE LEFT HAND DON'T GRT YOU..THE RIGHT ONE WILL" ..!
    An "INTELLIGENT" SOCIETY" ..
    WAY TO GO GUYS" ...!!

    January 17, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply
  12. fucnn01

    More privacy invasion and information gathering for advertisers?

    January 17, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
  13. Conrad Miller

    If I had a serious question I would not want it to be answered by a dozen other people equally ignorant of the right answer. How do I know any of them are knowledgeable, let alone "expert?" Open a book, people, and do the research yourselves!

    January 17, 2012 at 7:41 am | Reply
    • torchbearer

      ASIDE FROM THE FACT YOU " WOULD GET OPTIONS" ...I AGREE...!
      I guess it would depend on YOUR knowledge/intelligence..IF you had
      enough to "decide if they were right or wrong"...??
      A LOT of solutions come through " interpretation" ..!

      January 18, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
  14. Dusty Roades

    Folks, steer clear of this GARBAGE.

    January 17, 2012 at 5:43 am | Reply
  15. Brian Berry(calmchessplayer)

    I've been thinking of a site like this for a couple of years. Thanks for making my desire a reality! Don't worry I'm not even gonna mess with who's Idea this is. I just want to use it :)

    January 17, 2012 at 4:22 am | Reply
  16. anthony

    Happy.new.year

    January 16, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  17. TebowieWasHere

    This could easily be a joke it weren't so real.

    January 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  18. Joel

    I went to the site after reading this, and I find that you have to sign in using one of the anti-social networking sites in order to have your questions by other users/members within that site. Aren't there already sites out there where people who are members are able to answer one anothers' questions about stuff? I believe those are called...let me think about it...forums?

    January 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  19. Jerome Horowitz

    I already have one of those. It's called a spouse.

    January 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
    • Evan

      LOL And you don't have to join Facebook to ask her something. Bad requirement. There are still a few -very few, people who don't bother with Facebook and Twit.

      January 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
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        February 22, 2012 at 2:37 am |
  20. Bozobub

    Cool story, bro.

    January 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  21. torchbearer

    I am often criticized for being too strict..
    too far out...?

    I think that there is a factor MANY do not
    understand...!

    MANY.. are catching in on the tail end of a
    long, drawn out problem..!
    I have followed this downward slide ..for
    some 12 years...
    It is very difficult ...to feel you KNOW the answer
    to a problem...have NO control over solving it...
    Watch your society being destroyed & NOT get
    a bit upset....!
    You feel a certai way...you are "told by God what
    is occurring" ..you shout it out..yet nobody
    listens...!
    "THAT" ..is "VERY DEPRESSING" ..!!!
    I have never in my entire life... took a
    stance..offered advice that was NOT solicited ...!
    Perhaps it is like IF you see a Hurricane coming ..
    & people sit on their porch...you YELL..GET OUT..
    A HURRICANE IS COMING" ..& they continue
    to sit there...??

    I guess...you have done ALL you can do...???

    MANY a person dedicated their entire life to building
    this nation...thousands have died...
    lost limbs..protecting this society...& we just give it
    up without a fight" ..
    Hard for me to accept.....!

    I "was fortunate enough to be taught a GREAT work ethic ..
    that that is the ONLY way to success..
    "I BELIEVE THAT" ..!
    It is is NOT that difficult... ..
    The rewards are GREAT..if you have talent...
    It is not that great for the "lazy" .. the shiftless"...
    You provide little .. you receive little ..!

    I started out.. merely.. voicing my opinion.. MANY a
    agreed..but since they were ignored...chastized... they
    "have since moved on" ..leaving ME the only voice left...

    I will never abandon my principles....one can accept them..
    or reject them ...

    January 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
    • Evan

      Huh?

      January 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • dank

      I reject that entire rant because it mad zero sense to the article

      January 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
    • DaveinCincy

      I would encourage everyone to go back and read this post and apply the punctuation that was used.....Hysterical!!

      January 16, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
    • Steve O

      So this is what happens when you put 1000 monkeys in a room with 1000 keyboards. Not the works of Shakespeare as we had hoped.

      January 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Reply

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