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.”