My name’s Paull, and I’m a Quora-holic

Posted by Paull Young | Posted in Internet | Posted on 06-12-2010

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There is one social media site I’m enjoying more than all others right now: Quora. And I’d love for you to connect with me there.

Quora is Yahoo Answers… if it was full of extremely talented people writing detailed, intelligent answers to deeply interesting questions.

I find one of the greatest battles in social media these days is signal-to-noise. As I scan through Facebook and Twitter there’s always a bunch of irrelevant or boring crap surrounding the interesting updates and links. Quora (at this stage) is different. You can choose which people and topics to follow which tailors the content. Because of this, I find that any time I dig into Quora I wind up opening multiple tabs and getting hooked on interesting info.

The biggest asset of the site right now (as with all social sites) is its people. I’m following stellar folks like Facebook heavy Andrew Bosworth, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, Flowtown founder Dan Martell, early Twitter investor and star angel investor Chris Sacca and even Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix!

My big question mark with Quora is if it will be able to maintain it’s signal ratio as it scales. As more and more people will surely flock to this service, will it be as common for questions and answers to be as interesting and valuable, or will it be consumed by the same crap that you’ll find on Yahoo Answers? This note I found on Quora via Amazon’s Ian McAllister does a great job of outlining this potential concern.

All in all, I really feel that Quora in its current position reminds me of the early days of Twitter. Most people haven’t heard of the service, there’s a small (but rapidly growing) audience heavy with intelligent early adopters, and every time I log in I find myself absorbed with great content.

If you’re a Quora user, I’d love to here your thoughts. If not, I hope you’ll join – we could use more smart people like you. And either way, I hope you’ll follow me so I can connect with your knowledge!

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