Quora.com is a social Q&A community site that has a huge collection of questions and answers.
- All the content on Quora are user-generated content that are questions and answers.
- Questions and answers are created, edited and organized by Quora users, mostly industry experts/professionals.
- Quora is similar to Wikipedia, Yahoo Answers, LinkedIn Answers, and Aardvark.
What Can You Do on Quora?
On Quora you can:
- Ask questions, give answers and comment on questions and answers
- Edit answers that you have previously submitted
- Vote up/down answers
- Follow/unfollow questions
- Follow topics / unfollow topics, e.g. search engines
- Follow and/or be followed by other users (similar to the followers and following in Twitter) – You will see the topics of the people you are following coming into your streams/feeds
- Create a wiki of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about a topic
- Merge topics that are actually the same, and/or delete topics
- Organize topics into parent topics and/or child topics
Tips for Using Quora
- Follow people, questions, and topics
- Search people, questions and topics with Quora’s search box
- Vote up and/or vote down answers
- Give comments on answers when answers require cross-examination
- Follow Quora’s guidelines on asking questions and giving answers
Quora’s History, Quora’s Progress
Quora, the Q&A site’s brief history:
- Quora was initially co-founded by former Facebook CTO Adam D’Angelo and Charlie Cheever – June 2009
- Quora was launched in private beta where users’ sign-ups were invitation-only – January 2010
- Quora made signing-up available for everyone – June 2010
- Quora allowed content to be crawled and indexed by Google and other search engines – August 2010
- Quora confirmed significant traffic (mostly from search engines) increase – September 2010
- Quora allowed uploading of images/photos in posts – September 2010
- Quora’s engineer Albert Sheu confirmed Quora’s huge traffic surge – December 2010 and January 2011
Quora faces growing issues when the user base grow larger and larger everyday, when the social Q&A site’s survival may depend on the high numbers of “quality” answers.
How Quora Ranks Answers
Quora’s ranking algorithm ranks answers that are affected by upvotes, downvotes and credibility of users.
Quora Invitations, Quora Sign Up
Get an invitation, and/or sign up to Quora through:
- Email address