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Ask a question and let the world answer.

So in a recent article posted on Mashable, it appears that Facebook is prepared to launch a Q&A portion of their website. In an attempt to ensure knowledgeable, thorough answers, the site will require users to cite references when available and ban plagiarism.

Occasionally, when I have a random question I’ll type it into the Google search bar, and most of the time a website like Yahoo! Answers, or WikiAnswers will be one of the first results. If anyone has ever used either of those sites, Facebook’s Q&A is looking like it will be a top competitor with them. Not only will this feature be competing with, and I believe ultimately dominating, those sites but there will also be another similar site, Quora, which was founded by former Facebook employees a year ago. Interesting.

I’m more anxious to see how in-depth Facebook goes with the new Q&A feature, it appears as if it’s going to be a pretty big project, and with all of the other Game and Music (etc…) applications the site already has, Facebook is growing at an overwhelming rate, it seems.

To start creating the content for the website, Facebook has offered a Beta version of this feature to any user that submits three questions of their own to Facebook’s Product Application. I’ll probably check it out later on, once I can have enough time to think of three good questions to send in of my own.

As far as privacy goes, you’ll still want to keep in mind that it’s going to be in public domain. Facebook has already released a statement that reads,“Your expert writing will be seen by tens of millions of people, including job recruiters.”


About kdadams1

University of Alabama graduate, degree in Broadcast News. Fan of NFL, UFC, NBA, MLB, as well as several college sports.


5 thoughts on “Ask a question and let the world answer.

  1. This is really interesting. I use Yahoo answers all the time for questions and it’s always great. Facebook will really have to make an impact in order to convert me. I don’t know if you can do much better than Yahoo, but I realize that this adds even more connections to the page. It could be great if they do it right.

    Posted by Monica | May 28, 2010, 4:40 pm
  2. I think that this feature for facebook sounds awesome for sure… I think that games are popular and all but that something like a Q&A app would do well and continue to do well for a while. Unlike games that people get tired of, however people always have questions to be answered. That is if they do it right and it answers a large range of questions and has a dependable way to look them up.

    Posted by Valarie Crawford | May 28, 2010, 5:55 pm
  3. I think that it will be a very interesting test for Facebook to see how many followers they will get with this new Q & A application. Google and Yahoo are both very reliable for questions but you also have to consider how many people use Facebook as their lifeline. Everybody believes what they read on Facebook. If someone says they are in a relationship on Facebook, it has to be true right? Haha.

    Posted by Jenna Stoops | May 28, 2010, 6:37 pm
  4. This is a really interesting aspect for Facebook to cover. They are constantly expanding and this is just another way that they are making their site as comprehensive as they can.

    Posted by degriffith | May 28, 2010, 9:01 pm
  5. I use Yahoo answers a lot too, and some of the answers are usually pretty helpful. Interested to see how this works out.

    Posted by downeasterjc | May 28, 2010, 10:18 pm

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