Has Quora become the most popular thing in social media or Is it just me? Form nowhere to all of a sudden, the cool kids have joined Quora, a social-fueled Q&A service that has the pedigree of being started by ex-Facebook employees.
So what’s the appeal? It’s not that a Q&A service is new. Yahoo Answers, anyone? Yet for whatever reason, Quora has captured the attention of the many people, including the digitally engaged people who were early users of Twitter and Foursquare.
The big question is whether or not Quora’s important to deal with or whether it’s just the most recent shiny toy to seem on the scene. you’ve got to recollect the high-tech world is usually trying to find a subsequent thing so perhaps Quora has just become the newest obsession within the wake of anything emerging.
Remember that Facebook has gone mainstream, Twitter is getting there, Tumblr is wavering between niche and edging towards mainstream, and Foursquare is social media’s emperor with no clothes, even though we need to believe in its ability to be something and whatever may be that something is.
This made many users visit Quora, which has seen a peak in traffic over the past few months. As a Q&A service, Quora is interesting, although I wouldn’t describe it as compelling. The wacky part of Quora’s appeal is how it blatantly leverages social media – everything from just about forcing you to register using Twitter or Facebook to offering suggestions about people you’ll follow on Quora.
The following tool of Quora is brilliant because once you see familiar faces. When you follow someone, Quora is validated within the eyes of the person you followed and around and around we go.
Don’t get me wrong, Quora might be a really interesting service. Heck, Ev Williams apparently answered an issue about launching a start-up at SXSW. the most important danger facing Quora might be the quantity of hype that it could attract now that it appears to be anointed as social media’s Next Big Thing. The hype could suddenly make Quora less cool because it’ll are discovered by people beyond the vanguard.
At an equivalent time, Quora could start to face unrealistic expectations about how the service provides value and – here it comes – how it’s getting to make money. Sometimes, take care of what you would like for.
Let’s just say I’m not completely jumping on the Quora bandwagon. Despite my earlier pledge to not dive into new services, Quora is difficult to ignore but my interest is going to be pragmatic as opposed to enthusiastic.