Are You On Quora? Here Is Why You Need To Be

Are You On Quora?Did you join Quora already?

Don’t worry, I’m not planning to give you a ride through how it was conceived, who the founders are or how much money they raised. So in order to get that out of the way if you’re not familiar with the story, let’s do the quick version in one paragraph…

Quora is a questions and answers site with the social network characteristics, you can follow people and they can follow you back, you can vote on content, etc. It was founded by two ex-Facebookers in ’09 (why is it always 2 guys? can’t they be 3?). Investors dropped a ton of cash on them with the hopes it will turn out to be the next Twitter and more recently, it has been the talk of the town now that it is completely open and spreading like there’s no tomorrow.

An article on AdAge said the application at the moment is mostly inhabited by social media types. I don’t know, I think they are called “early adopters” but whatever.

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s move on to what we really care about…

Why Should You Join

I wrote 4 reasons why you should join Quora today. I know you have your own opinions on the matter so it would be cool if we discuss it in the comments section. So let’s do this thing…

1. Build Trust

It is a perfect opportunity to be helpful, another way to focus on others and deliver your 2 cents.

Quora will turn into a great social proof vehicle whether you like it or not. Your answers can very easily help you position yourself in whatever niche. This a tool that can help you claim expert status. Everything is done in public, right in front of your audience.

Very simple: Quora is a must to build your personal brand.

2. Your Community Is Already There

Why You Need To Join Quota Today

“Why should I start somewhere else if I’m already here and have connected with a growing community?” It is natural to think that. I’m always the first one to tell people not to try to spill their awesome sauce in so many places.

I have already connected with 400+ people in the first couple of days without any work. This is done at the registration process through connecting your Twitter and Facebook accounts. Nothing new, right? Well, I actually found so many people I see on Twitter on a daily basis that besides feeling like the last one to get to the party, I realized that my tribe was already there.

Quora is the hottest thing since Foursquare. Is it going to be next Twitter? Who cares. If you focus more on the human aspect of things you will be able to create an awesome experience for your audience and for yourself.

3. The Mechanics

The mechanics are very cool because besides the game rules it’s pretty much controlled by the community. Not only you can vote on relevant content but you can also edit.

Why is that so special? you ask. The power of community baby, this prevents misuse of the platform like excessive self-marketing, content manipulation and others. I said before that Quora is a must for personal brands but you also need to be careful in learning the etiquette. Make sure you take some time to observe.

4. Get Some Traffic Love

I can’t say that I have been very active since I joined and SocialMouths already had some traffic coming from it this past week. Please don’t head over there to sign up just to generate traffic, applications and networks don’t bring any traffic to your site or blog, YOU do.

Final Thought…

Don’t look at Quora as another network you need to maintain and be present all day. Look at it as another way to put yourself out there and communicate a valuable message to the right audience.

Oh! I almost forget, here is my Quora Profile if you care to connect with me over there =)

Participate by adding your comment, what do you think? are you already in? or what is your experience so far? Also, be my guest and add your Quora Profile URL so others can follow you.

Elsewhere

In Tree Houses by Thom Chambers

3 awesome things happened earlier this week for SocialMouths. It all started with the 8th issue of the digital magazine “In Tree Houses” which features me for the second time along with heavy hitters Chris Brogan, Naomi Dunford, Naomi Niles, Fabian Kruse, Cori Padgett and others. Here is the link to download it for free. I freakin’ love this magazine!

SocialMouths was also nominated (for the 2nd time) as one of SME’s “Best Social Media Blogs of 2011” Finalists along with some pretty scary names and also with some friends like Kristi from Kikolani and Stan from PushingSocial. I was also part of a list that makes me really happy, it was the “24 Bloggers Who Will Entertain, Inform and Inspire The World in 2011” by Srini at The Skool of Life. Truly a list of very inspiring individuals, some of them I read just to get started every day.

Thank you all for the support!

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  • http://benjaminlang.com Ben Lang

    I love Quora, its amazing! If you have, connect with me: http://www.quora.com/Ben-Lang

  • Anonymous

    I agree, Quora seems to be an excellently designed social space: (http://bit.ly/h4n5Nn ). It has a strong supplemental, enhancing character to its community and function.

  • http://www.hectorjcuevas.com/ Hector Cuevas

    Just joined.. it looks awesome bro. Another way I see this can be really helpful is figuring out what people are asking, and want to learn about, on particular topic. There are over 60 questions on the topic of blogging alone – really cool.

    Congrats on your 3 mentions around the web.. you deserve it man..
    talk soon

    Hector

  • http://www.socialmouths.com Francisco Rosales

    Great idea Hector. It can help in understanding what your audience needs in terms of research.

    Thanks a lot dude!

  • http://www.socialmouths.com Francisco Rosales

    Ben, I think you were one of the first people I saw there… already following you dude!

  • http://www.thefriendlyblogger.com Lisa

    francisco:

    Congrats on your mentions. Well done. I keep seeing Quora all over the place but have not checked it out. I keep thinking, how many places can I be in??! However, you make compelling arguments, so off I go to see what it’s all about.
    Thanks Francisco,
    Lisa

  • http://www.baconismagic.ca Ayngelina

    I just tried to sign up but it says I need to be invited?

  • http://www.socialmouths.com Francisco Rosales

    I don’t know why, I just helped somebody sign up and didn’t request anything. Give me your email address and I’ll send you an invite right now.

  • http://www.baconismagic.ca Ayngelina

    Thanks just sent you a DM.

    Like the others I keep hearing about Quora but didn’t know if it would just be a phase that passed quickly like Google Buzz.

  • http://www.baconismagic.ca Ayngelina

    And I’m in! Thanks Francisco I’m now at http://www.quora.com/Ayngelina-Brogan

  • http://benjaminlang.com Ben Lang

    Awesome, that makes me so happy!

  • http://www.famousbloggers.net Hesham Zebida

    I’ve just joined.. and wow! welcomes and first class treatment haha .. I never expected to see such active place!

    Thank you Francisco for the heads up!

  • http://www.CyberDivaVA.com Ana Lucia Novak

    Thank you for the thorough overview! Congrats on your success!

  • http://twitter.com/cafegabriel Sandra Gabriel

    I signed up on Quora last year, but I probably was a little too enthusiastic about it. I have touched everything to do with Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, Blogging, Social Media, Small Business and the list goes on and so I decided to sign up for questions that come in for all those topics and the amount of email I got was overwhelming. I could not keep up with it and I literally shut down the account to get back my piece of mind.

    I agree that it’s an awesome tool to get yourself, your thoughts and your expertise out there, but don’t forget to learn from it and take in other points of view as well and probably try to stick to 1 to 3 topics to respond to…unless you can handle the email overload. I’ll probably sign up again…soon…we’ll see.

    Thanks for sharing Francisco!

  • http://twitter.com/cafegabriel Sandra Gabriel

    Small error in my previous post, I said I literally shut down the account, I mean almost literally. What I shut down was the incoming email. You can see my account here: http://www.quora.com/Sandra-Gabriel

    Cheers!

  • http://www.socialmouths.com Francisco Rosales

    Hey Sandra, I was about to say just turn off the notifications, no need to cancel the account.

    I’ll connect with you and, thanks for your comment!

  • http://www.socialmouths.com Francisco Rosales

    Hey Sandra, I was about to say just turn off the notifications, no need to cancel the account.

    I’ll connect with you and, thanks for your comment!

  • Rosemary

    I recently caved in to the tsunami of “you must join Quora” posts, tweets, etc., and so far I really like it! It’s like a beautiful, clean version of LinkedIn’s clunky Questions & Answers section, and without all of the “Why is my company so awesome” fake questions. So far, so good! My profile is: http://www.quora.com/Rosemary-ONeill

  • http://www.socialmouths.com Francisco Rosales

    Thanks for stopping by Rosemary, I’m glad you’re having a good experience with it. I know what you mean about LinkedIn, what’s your take on Facebook “Questions”? So far I don’t see any action going on…

    I’m following you now.

  • http://courtneyparham.tumblr.com/ Courtney Parham

    As a social media professional, I see your point. However, if someone is already an active and influential member of the top social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc) shouldn’t she redirect our more of her attention to in-person networking events? I think social media power users may spend too much time online by joining each new and happening social network. Then, they miss out on opportunities to develop the strong, personal connections than can quickly be developed offline.

    At what is turning to social media for personal branding and networking too much?

  • http://www.newbizblogger.com Michele Welch

    Pretty cool site Francisco! I heard about in passing but had no checked it until now…thanks for the great write-up. I can see what you are saying about it being a no-brainer to use.

    Well something for me to play with this weekend. ;-)

  • http://www.socialmouths.com Francisco Rosales

    Have fun!

  • http://www.socialmouths.com Francisco Rosales

    Hi Courtney, I’m not at all suggesting you should replace anything. I understand your point and I see how it should be true for some people but I’m afraid that is not the topic here.

    This blog is about online marketing, social media, blogging, etc. that is probably why I don’t really write about marketing or networking offline.

    I appreciate your comment and hope to see you here again. Have a nice weekend!

  • Rafael Cisneros

    When do you think Quora will have Apps for mobile devices? Will be much better to access it from taykor made apps than web from mobile ones, including the iPad!

  • http://www.socialmouths.com Francisco Rosales

    Hey Rafael, I think Charlie Cheever (co-founder) said they don’t know if Quora will ever have a mobile app. For now they focused on building a great mobile version of the site, I have to say that I’ve been using it for a little bit and I’m not sure that an app is necessary. Maybe I’m wrong.

  • http://www.prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

    Hmmm. I wonder now if I should join Quora. You give some great reasons, Francisco. I had not sat down to read about it until today and I came over here from Kikolani’s mention of you over in Facebook. I will give it a go. You explain things in truly a unique way :)!

  • http://www.comuniquec.wordpress.com Cyntia Bravo

    I would love to have #quora in my favorites list, but I need to have an invitation to get in. Who will help me??? Please, I wanna play!!!

  • http://www.socialmouths.com Francisco Rosales

    No problem Cynthia, I just sent an invite and you should be getting via email. Let me know how it goes!

  • http://www.comuniquec.wordpress.com Cyntia Bravo

    Francisco, I’m in! Thanks a lot! I’ve already found so many interesting people! Tks Tks Tks!

  • http://twitter.com/LeslieCBarry Leslie Barry | Iphso

    Quora is solving the problem that Google’s been trying to solve forever – creating the database of intentions.
    Quora takes a huge leap towards solving this by helping me with “what question do I ask to get the best answer” because someone has probably already taken the time to craft an intelligent and well-formed question to extract the best quality answers, and other clever people have decided what the best answer is.

    More here http://bit.ly/g9dIye

  • http://www.socialmouths.com Francisco Rosales

    Happy to know that. Have fun!

  • Rachel

    Okay. You sold me. I’ll check it out. Can you send me an invite?

  • http://twitter.com/martinairing Martina Iring

    I just signed up and had a poke around. Very interesting indeed! Curious how it will evolve. Here is my profile http://www.quora.com/Martina-Iring

  • http://twitter.com/RyanCritchett Ryan Critchett

    Interesting stuff! So this is what you’ve been tweeting about!

  • http://www.socialmouths.com Francisco Rosales

    I’m following you Martina, thanks for stopping by!

  • http://www.socialmouths.com Francisco Rosales

    Hi Rachel, sorry for the delayed response. I just sent you an invite and it should be arriving in your email any minute.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://twitter.com/ubudgetdesign u’budget design

    Hey Francisco,

    I’m trying Quora (http://www.quora.com/Ralston-Vaz). Potential is there. Concept is intriguing. But honestly, I’m yet moved. I think its success will come with user volume, though. So I’ll certainly be adding some Quora to my social plate (if but a dash).

    Thanks for the write-up,
    +Ralston

  • http://twitter.com/spekios Spekios

    I think Quora is on its way to becoming useless due to its rapid growth and the attention it’s getting lately. I see it overflowing with repetitive questions and answers. Seems like everyone is desperately waiting for a new question to pop up so they can answer it. Having said that, it’s an awesome tool to get in touch with real people who really do know what they are talking about.

    Henrique
    Founder of Spekios.com

  • http://www.friendadderelite.com/blog/youtube-video-marketing-that-get-results/ Friendadderfaqs

    Quora has a great concept and good benefits. If you need to interact with real people and share in the community then it is a place for you. The problem with this format is that is has become too much of a marketing avenue. As most of the social media sites are turning out to be, people just tend to say things because then want to get noticed and not because then have a know-how on the discussion.

  • http://keisimone.myopenid.com/ kimsia

    Hi Francisco,

    I am sold.

    can i score a Quora invite from you?

    How do i email you?

  • http://www.socialmouths.com Francisco Rosales

    I’ll be happy to. Email me at francisco[at]socialmouths.com and I’ll send you one.

    BTW, I didn’t know they were still asking for invites. I thought it was completely open, did you try signing up just like that?

  • http://keisimone.myopenid.com/ kimsia

    HI Francisco,

    I dropped you an email 2 days ago. No reply as yet from you.

    Its a gmail starting with letter k.

    Do let me know.

    Thank you.

  • http://www.theandysan.com/j-hass-group-debt-settlement J Hass Group

    I had not sat down to read about it until today and I came over here from Kikolani’s mention of you over in Facebook. I will give it a go. You explain things in truly a unique way :)!

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  • http://www.socialmouths.com Francisco Rosales

    Valid point, there will always be different kinds of individuals and companies and how they approach these kind of platforms. That’s what we call the “Noise” but then, you also have individuals that become the “Signal”.

    I like your comment, thanks for stopping by.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/braintasticguy Braintastic Guy

    How can I join Quora? I need some invites right?

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