Askalo is a user based question and answer website that is focused on cities and local communities. The site allows users to pose a question about a geographic location so that those living in that area or experienced with it can respond. Users can also provide answers so each question receives an accurate, thorough answer. Users are given points for each activity they do on Askalo, including submitting an answer, placing a map marker, and being voted best answer. Bonus points are earned when the response is made within the first two hours of the question posting as well as each time one of the user’s answers is given a thumbs up. Askalo uses these incentives to encourage participation on the site and give users a fun way to interact while answering each other’s city-related questions.
Askalo was created to give users a free question and answer website to earn points with their knowledge while helping others out with their questions. Users can learn form one another and encourage others to share their knowledge on Askalo. Today, the site covers a long list of international communities, including those in Malaysia, Mexico, China, Canada, Puerto Rico, Belgium, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Peru, Singapore, Pakistan, Japan, Ireland, India, Hong Kong, Ecuador, Jamaica, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Askalo taps into the collective knowledge of the community to help others with their location related questions. User can connect with one another and share details about their communities. It’s a great tool for anyone who plans to travel or move to a new neighborhood. Through the knowledge of people who actually have been there, Askalo can provide users with a great way to get even the most obscure questions answered.
The Askalo website features a rich gold and green design with a white background to keep the site readable. Colorful flag icons help users quickly identify the communities they want to check out or learn about. The site is clutter free and lacks advertisements, which is a big plus. Users are featured on the homepage as well as recent activity feeds so users can earn bonus points for prompt responses.
A visitor can register for an Askalo account by clicking the gold “Join now!” button found just below the green search bar along the right hand side of the homepage. The registration form asks for a valid email address. After submitting the information, a confirmation link is sent to the address provided and must be clicked to continue. Once the user has done so, they can create a password and begin using Askalo. The site also offers users the option of signing up through their existing Facebook account to speed up the process.
The more users that participate on Askalo the more the site’s community benefits. Askalo doesn’t really offer a service that would justify a membership fee or other payment. The creators have kept the site free so everyone can benefit. Users can create an account and begin using Askalo right away without paying anything for the opportunity. No comment has been made as far as whether Askalo will expand its capabilities and include a premium paid account later on. For now, anyone can use Askalo for free.
Two groups of users can really appreciate Askalo. The first are those that need information on an area and the second includes those who have information they want to share. The point and reward system the site uses encourages user participation, which helps strengthen the Askalo community. The site is also ideal for those who loves to share their knowledge while social networking.