It doesn’t try to be a Facebook or a Twitter, and it doesn’t wan’t the type of use Instagram has ended up with either…
Quora (if you haven’t heard of it yet) is basically where you go to either ask or answer (or just read) intelligent questions.
It has a lot of well known people in the tech world using it, and that has given it some good credibility. But even though you might think it’s not much more than an ask.com or something, it’s way more than that. It’s very addictive and when I do go there I often find myself engaged for hours.
You see, Quora isn’t really a place you go to find out the population of the city you are holidaying at next summer, it’s the place you go to ask if there is a God or not. (yes there is by the way.) And because of how the site exists, it fulfils a basic human need to be heard and to hear others.
You are free on Quora to respectfully espouse your opinion and experience on all manner of topics, like your time in Iraq, to your favourite iPad apps, to your experience dating a model. And you can ask (and moreover get answers to) questions ranging from how do I learn to code - to - why are people so unkind.
There is a base need in all of us for attention, for people to hear us, for people to think of us highly and think we are valuable and that we have something worthwhile to say. And on Quora, you can answer a question, and the answers and comments are voted on by all. You also will find yourself voting up good answers you find, and voting down ridiculous troll answers so they never see the light of day again.
I think the makers of Quora either stumbled across something very special, or they possess great insight into the human psyche.
btw follow me on quora if you like
are you a quora junkie?