Google has just launched a new service to help you around various aspects of daily life with a little help from the experts. The new product called “Helpouts” is Google’s take on How Stuff Works and Wikihow, except that Helpouts uses live video calls so that you interact with teachers live.
Of course, Wikihow is maintained and run by a wide community of people who, although talented, aren’t professionals and as a result, is free. Helpouts is not.
A live session on Helpouts starts from $1 and can get expensive quickly. A few things are free as well. Billing is done on flexible terms. That’s actually not too bad either especially since most professionals aren’t into humanitarian and charity work either so this was expected.
A number of people and organizations have already joined the service including Rosetta Stone and Kip McGrath. Right now, there are seven categories for you browse and quite a limited number of users but many more are on the way.
Here are categories where help is offered:
- Art & Music
- Computers & Electronics
- Education & Careers
- Fashion & Beauty
- Fitness & Nutrition
- Home & Garden
This idea isn’t entirely new especially since free online music lessons, tuitions and the like are all over YouTube now but who knows, 20 years onwards, we might be using services like Helpouts everyday.
The service uses Google Wallet for payments so you can’t go and sit down for a paid section just yet (unless you’re in the US). Free ones can be tried though and if you’re confident enough to take the plunge, do let us know how it went.