July 28, 2008

Fluther – Real Answers by Real People

When it comes to answering questions, the Internet can be a powerful, if not overwhelming, resource.  Today’s search engines are fast and amazingly accurate but still have one flaw – the majority of results are completely automated.

So where should we turn when specific advice is needed in a hurry?  Billing itself as the “collective”, Fluther gains its intelligence from a community of real people, answering real questions.  Fluther’s programming helps direct your questions to the best respondents but the real magic comes from folks who take the time to share their thoughts and personal knowledge with others.

Practical Uses:

  • Find out how many hotel rooms are booked online every year
  • Learn the best exercises for Carpal Tunnel syndrome
  • Determine the risk of running into tarantulas on Mt. Diablo
  • Find a trusted insurance company for your dog, Fido

Insider Tips:

  • Keep your questions short, but specific
  • Share your own personal expertise by responding to others’ questions
  • Subscribe to a question (and its responses) by clicking on the “Follow this Question” link

What We Liked:

  • Large community means faster and more accurate responses
  • Ability to search for keywords and tags
  • Fast-loading mobile version designed for iPhones available at

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Not many options to tailor your email notifications settings
  • Common questions tend to get asked repeatedly and can get annoying


Company Info:

  • Launched in: June, 2007
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
  • Founders: Ben Finkel & Andrew McClain
  • Web site:


  • Free (supported by advertising)


  • 4 out of 5 (superb)

Screenshot of Fluther after signing in

Screenshot of the Fluther question form

Screenshot of Fluther's pre-selected questions for you


  1. Hi Dave,

    Thanks for the great review — it’s a gorgeous site here.

    I’m working on the email notifications coming up… anything in particular you’d like to see?

  2. Andrew,

    Primarily, I’m interested in subscribing to Fluther keyword alerts and having the ability to select whether to receive these alerts for questions, answers, or both.


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