Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has introduced Helpouts, a paid video advice service. Google said it hopes users will turn to Helpouts for help with homework, housework or general advice on topics like fitness or writing.
A promotional video for the new service shows people receiving one-on-one video help with photography, cooking, makeup and music projects.
"We're starting and small and in a few categories," Udi Manber, vice president of engineering, wrote on the company's blog. "The number of people giving help on Helpouts and the type of help available will grow over time."
Currently available Helpouts range in price from things like a $60 consultation with a doctor to free fashion tips. Those offering help can set their own prices and charge a per-minute fee or a per-session fee. Payment is handled through Google Wallet.
Some topics are off limits. Alcohol-related advice such as instructions on how to mix a cocktail or store wine properly are not allowed. Legal and financial services are also off the table "at this time," according to Helpouts policies.
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