I don’t get ChaCha.me

Back in February, I posted an article on the Noobie web site titled Ask me Anything at Formspring.me about a new service from the creators of Formspring, now called Formstack. Since that time, ChaCha has released a strikingly similar service called ChaCha.me.

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Now there are a lot of people, including good friends of mine, that would love to debate all night long who thought of the “ask me anything” idea first but that chicken and egg debate is not the topic I want to cover in this blog post.

Why? Because it really doesn’t matter to me. What matters to me is that I “get” Formspring.me and I don’t “get” ChaCha.me.

On the outside, ChaCha.me seems like it should be the same as Formspring.me. I have a page, people ask me a question and I answer them. So if that’s the case why have I been bombarded with questions from “anonymous” like these:

  • Do u think being in love makes u fat?
  • Would u ever want a Polar Bear for a pet?
  • Have you ever had a job?
  • Which one of your friends have you made out with?
  • Do u think u’ll ever want to own a gun?
  • Would u tell ur parents if u (or your gf) were pregnant?
  • If you were a geometric shape, which one would you like to be?
  • Name three things in the world you dislike:
  • Do you consider yourself to be a compassionate person? If so, name the most recent compassionate thing you did?
  • If you could ask three questions to any person living or dead, who would you ask and what would you ask?
  • What’s the most daring thing you’ve done in public?
  • If alcohol were banned, what would your reaction be?
  • If you could choose any of your friends to be your servant for a day, who would you choose and what would you make them do?
  • How well did/do you get along with your parents?

For the record, I have not answered any of these questions.

If I had to guess, I would say these questions are coming from random people who are really asking these questions to the core ChaCha service. And since they are so vague, ChaCha decided to throw them over to members of its ChaCha.me service to see if we would answer them.

Am I right? Can anyone verify this or otherwise clear the air on why I would get such ridiculous questions as the ones above?