Quora: Invite Only Social Q&A Site causing Raves

Quora: Invite Only Social Q&A Site causing Raves

Quora is a new Q&A site and has been blessed with an incredible volume of growth over the past few months. And you guessed it right, it is yet another social media platform – but one that actually promises intellectual interactions ( and no Zynga ). In simple terms, Quora is a social question-and-answer site – where both the contributor and producers can collaborate and “shape an identity” (fulfill all facets of a topical question). Like most new popular social media platforms – a high level of hype is associated with this, and pundits have gone to the extent to declare Quora as having all the potentials to be the best question and answer website out there. If you’re not aware of the Q&A niche, here are some of the attempts made by:

  • Yahoo! answers
  • Ask.com
  • Facebook questions
  • Google Answers ( now defunct )

So you see question-and-answer is not a new concept, of course you knew that. In 2011, if you haven’t stumbled upon any Q&A site, really – how the hell did you stumble here? However, Quora is still in its invite only mode, which is practically fueling all the hype around it.

Below are some of the reasons why we (and other tech experts) think Quora is different from any other question-and-answer website there is (or was):

So far, the contribution and the quality of information around topical questions are impeccably organized. Wikipedia has proven that the right minds can actually contribute and result in very organized information verticles. However, all Wikipedia contribution is voluntary, and most of the contributors remain anonymous. Quora, can be linked with other social media platforms, and can be dosplayed on profile pages – therefore demonstrating a good attribution over particular domains, adding credibility factor for the contributor. In the social aspect, this can be very important having possible future employers or clients in mind.
The current policies enforce only real people to use the service (via Facebook connect etc.), and enable users to follow both questions and persons. As Quora increase in size ( in terms of users per vertical ) – micro communities of like-minded individuals can be formed, and contributors could be evaluated based on their individual contribution. This can ultimately result in higher credentials and better interaction for the more knowledgeable persons in specific thematic verticals – promising to contribute massively to the professional careers.

But what of the Future?

Quora right now is a controlled community – which means no spam and only quality contirbution. So far, the information structure is supposedly in a very pristine condition, which is adding to the praises and press Quora is getting at the moment. Looking at, Compete.com data, there seem to be a rush of users during the month of December – which is basically good news ( that will 200k+ visitors every month, the spam ratio is so negligible).

Utilizing the current social connects ( unavailable/unpopular during Google/Yahoo! answers era ) – Quora is able to connect with users in ways not possible before. What remains to be seen is how it would go public and how it’d combat spam – which kind of defined the failures of many big Q&A sites in the past.

P.S: If you need an invite, please contact us saying so. We’ll see what we can do.

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