We have all used Yahoo Answers at some point in our lives to figure out if your cold is just a cold and not some crazy disease and Andy from Ottawa, who’s had some experience in this field helped you out… Or for just general advice. It’s the perfect example of a content being shaped by its audience. Yahoo Answers was first launched in 2005 and is a blog site to share questions and receive answers from anyone with experience in areas of your inquiry.
On the site, you can rate/vote answers so they are seen first and trusted by most users. The picture below is a screen shot of “Best cures for bee stings”. The first comment is marked “Best Answer” as seen below which ensure the users that this is a good answer.
In each comment, there is a “Source(s):”section to say where you have received your information on a topic, you are more likely to be marked as “Best Answer” if you are a professional with a very detailed response to a question or voted up by other users. However, some questions are best answered with users personal experiences.
In conclusion, I feel like Yahoo Answers is a classic example of audiences participation and shaping of content online, ideas and starting a conversation with one another. Users around the world sharing opinions and helping each other.