Quora Update: Threaded Comments and New App

Haven’t logged into your Quora account lately? You should; there’s been some exciting new updates including the addition of threaded comments and a new Quora iPhone app.

Haven’t logged into your Quora account lately? You should; there’s been some exciting new updates including the addition of threaded comments and a new Quora iPhone app.
In the last week of September 2011, Quora made some updates to their site. One of those updates was a much needed revamp to comments. According to a post on the site, “As Quora grows and accumulates knowledge, the quality of each page continually improves. High quality content also fuels great discussion in the comments section, engaging hundreds of people visiting that page. In many cases, these conversations lead to new ideas or perspectives which are then used to make the original content better. Today, we are taking Quora comments to the next level. With new Quora comments, in addition to commenting on a question, an answer, or a post, you can now reply to a specific comment.”

In effect, this change allows for fully abled comment threads on Quora which will make navigating long threads easier for the casual user. Further, Quora has also added a few new features to comments. These features are voting, images, and editing. Quora users can now up vote or down vote a comment. The effects of voting impact the order that comments are displayed on a page. This should be familiar for Quora users as it is a similar sorting system as the one used for answers. Like Facebook, Quora requires users be logged in to participate in comment threads. So, while a user may be able to see a thread while not logged in, if they wish to contribute, they will have to sign into their account.

Want to use these new features on the go? Well, Quora’s new iPhone app should be high on your tech “want” list. While there have been some unofficial apps for Quora, the iOS app is the first fully functional official app. Unlike many social networking apps, one of the impressive features of the Quora app is that it includes a high degree of user experience. So, unlike Wikipedia app, which is read only, the Quora app allows users to participate on the go.

AllThingsD notes that the app “offers the full functionality and content of its Web site, along with some mobile-specific features, like a filter for nearby topics, push notifications for new answers to users’ recently asked questions, and more prominent search with brisk autosuggest”.  Several reviewers are commenting on how user friendly and functional the app is for mobile users. Further the Quora app uses location based technology to place a higher degree of emphasis on local question and answer threads. Charlie Cheever, of Quora, has noted that Quora’s next mobile release will likely be a similar app designed for Androids.

If you haven’t caught the Quora bug, now might be a good time to head over to the site. Since its launch last year, Quora has mad massive improvements to the site, particularly in terms of navigation, and the new app is one of the better mobile social networking applications on the market right now. So, the question is: what are you waiting for?