How to : Get started and beware pitfalls on Quora Q&A site
Quora is a collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it. When information goesinto Quora, it’s shared with anyone interested in the topic.
You can write an answer to questions if you think a question page could become a better resource with more information added to it. You can also rate question and answer pages so that the best ones can rise to the top and comment on any one’s answers to help them make them better.
Anyone can follow topics, people and each question too. For example :-
- If you want to find out about search engine optimisation type ‘SEO’ into the search box.
- The results will show all topics on ‘SEO’
- You can follow the top ‘answerer’ investigate sub topics and share questions and answers on social media sites.
It takes a bit of getting used to – like twitter in the early days and it’s co-founder Charlie Cheever says it’s very much a work in progress.
One word of caution on authentication however which has upset some people. If you sign into Quora with your Twitter account, it apparently automatically goes ahead and follows people from your Twitter account for you. Here’s the small print
Connecting your Facebook or Twitter Account to Quora
To get you started, we’ll have you follow all your Facebook or Twitter friends who are already on Quora when you sign up. We won’t message your contacts who aren’t on the site or post anything to your Facebook or Twitter unless you choose to.
For Quora to become a great knowledge resource for everyone, it’s important that users trust the site. If Quora ever fails to meet your expectations of trust, please let us know by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to do better.
I have found it useful to connect and ask questions to ‘experts’ in the field as well as finding inspiration for blog posts and crowdsourcing content. How are you using it? Does the automatic authentication anger you? Do you think it has the potential to become the greatest ‘go to’ for questions and answers on the web or are you already sick of the hype, amateur comedians and confusion?
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