In January, Quora rocketed into the spotlight.
Suddenly, the idea of an online Q&A service with some social media sprinkled into the mix was sexy and cool. It helped that Quora was started by two ex-Facebook employees. It was also January when the tech world was relatively quiet and looking for something new and interesting.
While a Q&A service is nothing new (Yahoo! Answers, anyone?), Quora captured the imagination of many people, probably because shiny and new is always a good thing, and Quora just happened to be the flavor of the day. Of course, it happens to be located in Silicon Valley with friends in the right places.
These days, however, the chatter about Quora has faded away. Few of the people who were excited about Quora now mention it, and it has seemed to have disappeared from the tech and Techmeme landscape. It’s not say suggest Quora isn’t interesting, it’s just that it’s not that interesting.
For the tech world, interesting lasts about a week before people tire of it, and start looking for the next thing – sort of like children at Christmas when the novelty of new and shiny lasts a short time.
Take a look at the SXSW conference in which GroupMe, a group-messaging service, triumphed over Foursquare as the hot new social media service – according to TechCrunch. For all we know, GroupMe will soon be tossed on the trash heap along with all the other cool start-ups.
What’s hot today is not hot tomorrow. It’s the nature of the beast. So it’s been nice knowing you, Quora. I hope you enjoyed your 15 minutes of fame.