Quora is one of the web services that has started very strong this 2011. It has had a great explosion of users and a very high impact in a very short time, so much so that it is very difficult that you have not read anything of it in recent days.
But, What is Quora? What is it for, and what use does it provide us as users? Why has it had such an impact on the media and blogs? In this analysis we are going to answer all those questions and more as soon as you click Read More.
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Quora, a network of questions and answers
Quora is, broadly speaking, a question and answer network. However, it is not just about asking questions and having others answer. Quora pretends to be a great knowledge base– The questions are scrupulously organized by category, and anyone can propose corrections to improve the question. It can even be erased if it is not well formulated or is repeated. In addition, questions can receive votes to improve their rating (or lower it).
Like questions, answers are ranked based on user votes and can also be corrected, although the method is not the same. While the questions can be edited directly, in the answers we send editing suggestions to the author so they can correct them if they want.
In summary: Quora is a large knowledge base structured in the form of questions and answers. Users actively collaborate either by asking and establishing a discussion, answering questions already asked or correcting the content that others have created.
How does Quora work and how is it used?
Unlike other services, on Quora it is very easy to know what to do from the first moment. Once we have received the invitation and we have registered with our Facebook or Twitter account, automatically we follow all friends that we have in the social network that we have chosen and that are on Quora.
The next thing we have is a small wizard to complete our account on Quora. After asking us for our photo, they offer us to link the account of another social network (Twitter or Facebok, depending on whether we have registered with one or the other) to find more friends, and finally, most importantly, they suggest topics (topics) that may interest us so that we follow them.
Once all the registration is completed, we arrive at the Quora home page: simple and sober. We have three tabs: “Browse”, which shows us all the questions related to us (by topic or users related to them); “Answer”, with Open questions and ready to respond that may interest us, and “Notifications”, which informs us of the activity of our friends and from our questions and answers on Quora.
In the settings page, “Settings”, we can change some things in our profile: the notifications we receive in our email, the social networks linked to our profile, our password or establish that our profile does not appear in search engines.
Coming into our profile, Similar to Twitter profiles, we can edit our description and see all the questions and answers we have asked or voted on. We can also find more information about us, such as followed and followers and the topics that interest us.
And finally, it remains to describe how the most important thing about Quora works: the questions and the answers. Asking a question is very simple: we simply have to write it in the upper box, click on “Add Question”, add a short description and that’s it. Once the question is created we can add the topics to classify it. As for the rules for asking questions, Quora asks us a small test when asking our first question to check that we really know how to ask the questions.
Answer a question it is even simpler. At the end of each question we have a field to answer, which also allows us to format the text as we want, including formulas in LaTeX. In addition, we have the option to answer the question as anonymous. And finally, if we want follow a question that we have not responded, we just have to press the “Follow” button to follow it in our feed.
As you can see, Quora is quite simple to use. It is not very complicated and all the options are clear and in sight. Tomorrow we will continue with the second part of the analysis, in which we will try to answer what Quora offers us, the problems it may have and why it is being talked about so much.
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PS: In the comments, Mario Colque tells us that we can register on Quora without invitation thanks to a proxy in the US, HideMyAss.