Google Orkut added a new feature “Ask Friends,” that let you ask your pals for their opinions and recommendations. Now, you can ask those you trust most to give you their thoughts on just about anything, from how to pick a wine to where to shop for camping gear. This’s how Ask Friends works: Just ask a question, and it’ll be sent to your orkut friends (you can even choose to send the question to only certain friends on your list). You can make the question publicly available so that others can provide their input as well, and categorize your questions by topic. When someone contributes an answer, you'll receive a notification. If you're not satisfied with the answers you get, you can reply to the thread and ask for more details. Ask Friends also monitors your own performance when answering other people's questions -- it gives you a rating, and as you provide great information to others, you'll earn points toward achieving a higher-level rating as a trusted source,” explains Google.