Micro: Quora Evolving into a More Useful Knowledge BaseNovember 11, 2012
by Omar L. Gallaga
The web is full of bad and unreliable information. One service that has made great strides in setting the record straight is Quora, a website that launched in 2010 as a way to ask questions and get back answers from experts.
Unlike many other sites that try to do this, Quora has evolved nicely by asking users to list their credentials, by allowing them to vote on the best answers and by creating a way for people to award each other credits.
What used to look like a messaging free-for-all with a small pool of know-it-all “experts” is now more neatly organized and much more comprehensive, with a broader range of topics and users offering their knowledge.
Many questions on the site still deal with technical problems and business challenges, but some of the most compelling and useful stuff on Quora involves more esoteric life questions like, “What does it feel like to be attractive and desired by many?” or “What are some cultural faux pas in Liechtenstein?”
Often, the questions can be entertaining, but a surprising number of answers turn out to be sincere, thoughtful and even heartbreaking.