According to Wikipedia –
Quora is an online knowledge market, founded in June 2009, launched in private beta in December 2009, and made available to the public on June 21, 2010. Quora aggregates questions and answers to many topics and allows users to collaborate on them. Quora was co-founded by Adam D’Angelo (Facebook‘s former CTO) and Charlie Cheever. In March, 2010 Quora received funding from Benchmark Capital, valuing the start-up at a rumored $86 million.
In essence, Quora is an online information market. People post questions, people give as well as receive answers. It’s a social network focusing on knowledge sharing. There’s a lot to this place and we’ll be talking all about it today.
Quora has been around for a while now. Since it’s inception in 2009 and public release around 6 months ago, much has been said about the power of Quora.
It’s also been used a lot, especially by a quite a few important people in the tech world and also various other fields, coming out and answering questions about themselves and their companies, professions, area of expertise and so on.
Professional bloggers are even using Quora to find information as well as leads. For instance, a recent article on Flickr was covered on TechCrunch this weekend with information sourced from Quora. Read that article here.
What sets Quora apart from other Social network and Q & A sites? There’s three reasons I can think of just off the top of my head.
1. You not only get to see and “Like” the profiles of experts in a field of your interest, you get to see them in action, providing their insights, opinions and advice. You don’t have to visit their personal blogs to hear what they’ve got to say!
2. You don’t have to follow people if you don’t want to. Find a topic of your choice? Simply follow that. Or better yet, you can follow even just an individual question and see where it goes. And also receive real time updates. This is fantastic to keep clutter levels really low.
3. Questions are not normally answered anonymously. Most people are logged in with their profile information, so the credibility of each answer posted is automatically ascertained.
Heard a lot about Quora but haven’t gotten around to trying it out yet? Well, read on and we’ll get you all set to go! Read More