5 Reasons You Should Start Using Quora

Like health and fitness clubs after New Years, there are tons of social media sites who want you to join, but Quora is a site you should definitely consider adding to your social media docket. Here are the top five reasons to join Quora.

Like health and fitness clubs after New Years, there are tons of social media sites who want you to join, but Quora is a site you should definitely consider adding to your social media docket. Here are the top five reasons to join Quora.

  1. Quora actually provides quality answers. If you want to know something, there’s a pretty good chance Quora has at least one legitimate, up to date, real time, answer. When they first started, Quora recruited high caliber experts and professionals, originally limiting their network of “answer-ers” to these experts. While Quora has since opened to the public, the experts remain. This significantly impacts the quality of answers you can hope to receive as opposed to other Question and Answer sites.
  2. Quora is democratic. It allows people to vote on answers, ranking a question as an “upvote” or “downvote”. This not only helps sort through answers to make the wealth of information more manageable, it also helps to eliminate spam and poor quality responses. Further, Quora insists on openness. Because it is very difficult to post questions or answers anonymously, there is a greater level of accountability, encouraging a higher level of consideration when it comes to posting.
  3. Quora is a great place to network. You don’t need to be famous to become a “Thought Leader” – Quora’s term for someone whose answers are voted up in a particular area, establishing them as an expert on a topic. If you post useful answers, you can be voted up. Moreover, you don’t have to “add” or “follow” someone in order to answer a question. Nor, do they have to “add” or “follow” you; this allows you to establish yourself based on your responses, not on you “status”.
  4. Quora encourages community. It’s clear that Quora is concerned with creating a positive environment. In their policy section Quora specifically states, “Be nice. Don’t make ad hominem attacks or otherwise disparage other users or their content. Be respectful and considerate, and assume that other people on the site are also trying to make it a great resource. Respect opposing or differing opinions, beliefs and conclusions. Try to listen to and understand others you may disagree with. Avoid profane and offensive language. Encourage others on the site to also be welcoming and respectful.” Further, while questions may be short, Quora doesn’t limit users to a specific number of characters when answering questions or communicating with one another. This allows for a genuine opportunity to communicate.
  5. Quora is a trend. In December 2010, Quora saw 5-10 times more hits than it did previously. This growth, in turn, created a buzz that’s lasted well into 2011. While it’s not clear whether the world craved a new question and answer site, or whether more established sites – like Facebook and Twitter’s – novelty has worn off, Quora is a hot topic. Whether you care about question and answers or not, this what people are talking about, and social networking is about nothing if not being up to date.