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Quora is one of my favorite sites for reading & discovering great info on various topics. Why? Because of it's simplicity, the community dynamic and the ability to get credible information directly from sources I'd otherwise never have a chance to interact with anywhere else. (I've asked questions & received replies from the likes of Dennis Crowley, Ashton Kutcher & one of the original developers of Photoshop) I'm also a fan of being able to vote answers up or down; letting you weed through the junk very quickly.
Here's a simple explanation of Quora, from CrunchBase, if you're not familiar with the site:
Quora, founded in June 2009, first launched in private beta in January 2010.
Quora is a continually improving collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it. The most important thing is to have each question page become the best possible resource for someone who wants to know about the question.
One way you can think of it is as a cache for the research that people do looking things up on the web and asking other people. Eventually, when you see a link to a question page on Quora, your feeling should be: “Oh, great! That’s going to have all the information I want about that.” It’s also a place where new stuff–that no one has written about yet–can get pulled onto the web.
Quora also continues to add new features, such as the ability to create F.A.Q sections, boards (think Pinterest) & the ability to add video to it's Q&A boards.
Besides the hordes of brilliant content within Quora, another way the site can help you is it's ability to rank within search results. Google plays nicely with Quora because of how fresh the content is and because it's generated from authentic sources.
You should be able to rank using the Q&A feature within Quora - our link jumped quickly, after just one post. Click image to enlage.
Anyone else using Quora? What are your thoughts?