The world’s current favourite Q&A website Quora is undergoing some massive changes. After introducing an integrated blogging platform late last month, Quora has started to roll out the option to share content with friends who haven’t signed up for the service just yet, the platform announced in a blog post.
Clicking on the Share button will now let you share a question or one particular answer to it via Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn where your friend list can see what exactly you think of the topic on Quora. Other options like posting to blog or sending to an Inbox are also available. The most important bit is that people you share these questions with will not be prompted to join Quora to read through them.
When you hit the share button, you will also find a shortened URL that you can use to share questions with. Again, people accessing particular questions through these shortened URLs will not be asked to join the site to go through them.
Sharing made easy
Marc Bodnick from Quora also mentioned in the blog post that there is an easy way to read through links without being asked to join the site. All you need to do once you come across a link of this sort is add the text “?share=1” to the end of the URL.
Bodnick explained in the blog the rationale behind why eventually the aim of the website was to get more users to join Quora. “We ask people to sign up because it's important to our mission — to share and grow the world's knowledge. The more people who join Quora, the more knowledge is added,” wrote Bodnick.
Quora thrives on participation, according to Bodnick. And by participation, he doesn’t mean just writing. Quora needs users to read, rate and follow users as it helps the site assess the quality of knowledge shared and determine the questions that need to be answered.
In a move to go beyond merely the question and answer format it is known for, Quora only last month had announced a blogging platform. This platform automatically distributes posts to users of the website who follow related topics. The blogging platform also supports the traditional upvoting and downvoting system that is present everywhere else on Quora.
Quora users can create as many blogs and posts as they like, from web or mobile. The service includes a rich text editor and allows users to embed images, much like the reply and comment text boxes already present on the website. Authors can tag their posts or entire blogs with any topic from Quora, as long as it is relevant to the content. Those who follow them, the blog, or the tagged topics, may be shown relevant blog posts on their home page feed.
The blogs were seen as a replacement for the Quora Boards. The boards allowed people to post content that wasn’t Q&A-based.
It finally seems like Quora is moving out of the closed, tight knit, almost snooty feel it had since its inception and is making knowledge available to public like it was always meant to be. It will be interesting to see what new changes Quora will have lined up for its users.