If you're a regular user of almost any social network, you probably know how powerful crowdsourcing questions and answers can be. That's the basis behind a new search engine dubbed Jelly, created by Ben Finkel and Biz Stone, one of the co-founders of Twitter. Jelly is a social network for question-and-answer style interactions with friends you've already made connections with on Twitter and Facebook. Instead of going to traditional search engines, users are encouraged to snap a picture and post a question, which can then be answered or forwarded to others who might be able to help.

Jelly is very focused on the use of photos to steer answers in the right direction, so much so that there doesn't appear to be a way to ask questions without one. However, you can also use images from your gallery or a Google Image Search. Once a picture is selected, it can be cropped down and drawn on to give a little more context. A few words to explain the query and it's ready to post.

Facebook and Twitter are used to construct a network of people who will see your questions. Your followers, and their followers, can see what you're asking and offer their answers. If one of those people feels like they might know somebody more equipped to answer the question, they can further forward it their friends. Your Facebook and Twitter profiles are mostly used as a sign-in mechanism and for your social connections, but questions can also be shared through them to elicit responses from people who aren't on Jelly.


The app still feels a bit unfinished and definitely suffers from some bugs. It crashed several times while I was experimenting with it, especially when picking photos from the gallery. Despite being so photo-oriented, it also isn't set up to receive images via the share intent from other apps. Most of the issues will surely be ironed out quickly through updates, but they might make for a rocky launch.

If you're eager to get your Q&A on, hit the widget below to give Jelly a try!

Source: Jelly Blog

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • http://mobers.org/ psydex

    It aint' compatible with Galaxy S2

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

    Oh, and the FAQ might be of particular interest to some... http://jelly.co/support

    • Brian

      Wow...quite surprised at those answers lol

  • csgabor

    So so gimmicky.

    • Jdban

      Instead of looking up something on Google which will know the answer instantly, I have to wait until someone answers?

      • psuedonymous

        That, and you have to both know someone who knows the correct answer, and NOT know anyone who only THINKS they know the right answer.

        • csgabor

          also, people would freak each other out with pointless questions. It could work for recommendations, but that is already built in into every social network.

          This all sounds like a 'great idea' for a startup in a network sitcom episode. Make me believe that Twitter was a happy accident more than anything else.

  • http://opie.at/ Andrew Kraut

    It's not compatible with the Nexus 7 or the Droid Maxx. A friend was able to install it on his Moto X, though.

  • Dude!

    "How do I create a Jelly account? Jelly uses your existing social network accounts. You can sign in to Jelly with Twitter and, or your Facebook credentials."

    So. You have to log in with a social network AND there is no G+ option in this android app? cool story, bro.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      G+ is a bit more complicated to integrate with (in terms of the requirements Jelly has). I haven't worked with it directly (yet), but I don't think developers can get a list of followers. There are also other limitations regarding permissions that would be hard for this to work with.

      Jelly sort of lives on top of other social networks, which Twitter and Facebook both support pretty easily. I imagine G+ will eventually become an option, but it's probably going to be a while.

      • Ray

        I'll bother trying the app when the developer bothers to implement G+ sign-in.

  • Dairox

    Has anyone seen the anime "Eden of the East"?

    • Imparus

      yes, but this is nothing like it, the only thing about this that resemble it is crowdsourcing, since Jelly isn't learning from the crowd sourcing like Eden was doing. Something that is much closer to Eden is google image search found in google+ as an example that is capable of recognizing different stuff in the image and people. The thing they mainly need to do is allow/use crowdsourcing, to help improve the image search.

      • Dairox

        Agree, but I think Jelly has more chances thanks to the social focus, even it can take the image search engine and put it here to improve the product. Yes, it can go the other way around, but Google doesn't seems to have to much interest in this kind of search, yet.

  • Ray

    No G+ sign-in, I don't even care about the app any more. It shits me that developers still think everyone uses Twitter and/or Facebook.

  • Roh_Mish

    The rendering with MotoX has samsung statusbar. WTF! #minordetail

  • Michael Ta

    you mean like.. Yahoo Answer?!

  • Franco Rossel

    Perfect, now my friends will search on Google for me!

  • But…

    But...What's the big deal, Askem has done this before

  • somatek

    If you want to spare yourself creating an account, here is Jelly Experiment - http://tek.tumblr.com/post/72808017203/my-jelly-experiment