What started out as a social Q&A search forum that allowed users to post their queries to be answered by members of the network, has now recently been relaunched as a full-fledged search engine. Well, we’re talking about the “Jelly” app, which was launched way back in 2014 by Biz Stone, essentially as a social Q&A search forum. It is now being relaunched in a more refined version as the new kind of search engine.
Although, the concept remains the same as the “Jelly” app, the new look aims to provide tangible solutions to queries on demand. The search network invites users to post their queries on the platform to be answered by other random users. The only difference in the functionality is that it’s now moving beyond the social network space. The new social search structure allows any random user to view your query and answer it anonymously, without having to create an account on the platform.
On re-launching the Jelly app as a Search Engine of a new kind, Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter and founder & CEO of Jelly said,
Jelly is the only search engine in the world with an attitude, an opinion, and the experience of people to back it all up. Only Jelly can say you asked the wrong question. Only Jelly can give you answers you wanted but didn’t think to ask. Only Jelly will deliver a thoughtful answer to your anonymous question. This is all because Jelly is humanity plus technology.
Since Biz Stone was also a co-founder of Twitter, Jelly too follows the same line of thinking that is at the heart of Twitter’s existing functionality – allowing users to communicate in real time, making the best use of technology.
To get started with Jelly, you don’t need to sign-up or have a user account on the platform. Similar to Google Home Page, you’ll be greeted by a Search Bar when you enter the app. On posting a question, you’ll be asked to wait patiently for a response from other users on the network. In that time span, you’ll be asked to allow notifications from the app.
It will take some time to build up the search community on the app, since it’s still in its early stages of development. So, don’t expect your query to yield an instantaneous response from other users on the web.
To kill time, you can even reply to other users’ queries by tapping on them. This will lead you to an option to either reply to the question or just view the comment thread.
To get better responses to your query, include the hashtag icon to a section below which allows you to view your queries as per categories like travel, health, entertainment, food, technology and more.