ChaCha’s future

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Popular search engine company ChaCha Search said yesterday that it had raised another round of funding — and laid off 25 workers.

So, the economy is taking a toll on ChaCha revenue even while investors continue to believe the company is a good bet.

Here’s a question for the longer term, though. Will ChaCha thrive in an era when many cell phone users are switching to smart phones like the Apple iPhone and Blackberry Storm?

Considering the ease of doing one’s own Google search on a smart phone, will enough people want ChaCha’s human-assisted version to make ChaCha a strong contender with other search engines?

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