Google Officially Dropped Q&A Section On Google In Search Results
Google officially decided to drop the Q&A from June 30 – 2021 but will continue with Question Hub. Google regularly updates and removes its features to continue to be the number one in global search engines. Now, this launch is initially done in India for searchers there in 2019 and now Google is telling those who submitted questions or answers that it will be going away after June 30.
In 2019, Google started the Question & Answer section for users to ask questions and get responsive answers. Unlike Question Hub, where only publishers can answer the questions, the Q&A section enables billions of users to ask questions about their doubts or issues they want to resolve.
What are the benefits of the Q&A section?
From searching how to learn Python online to buying household items, there were thousands of questions asked every day and answered by several users. Since there are over a billion searches by users in Google, anyone in India could get answers to their queries fast. It helped many decide on buying a product or service, know about solutions to the day-to-day issues, find the right assignment writing services, and many more. In this global village where information is knowledge, Google Q&A was highly helpful for knowing about various services and products worldwide. For the past nearly two years, the Indians widely used it for multiple purposes and served as a platform for sharing ideas and expanding knowledge with information.
How does Google Q&A differ from Google Question Hub?
Google Question Hub or simply GHQ is a knowledge market platform developed and offered by Google to many Asian countries, including India, from the year 2019. For content creators and journalists, it collects unanswered web search queries by using many unknown search algorithms. Then Google lists them in GQH for publishers to contribute information for pre-defined contents only. Unlike Google Q&A, GQH is only accessible by a registered Google search console account verified by web property. Hence, billions of Google users cannot ask their questions directly and get answers from other users. For reasons best known to them only, Google has now decided to continue with GQH but dropped Google Q&A. It is like dropping Google Questions and Answers started in 2007 for Russia, China, and 40 African countries to drop it in 2015.
Google said that users who submitted answers were notified so they can download their contributions via Google Takeout. What is going away is the ability for users in Google search to contribute answers directly to those questions but Question Hub is not going away.