Well, LinkedIn certainly found a unique way to fix the Expert problem.
Instead of dumping the designation, LinkedIn is dumping Answers.
To top that off, LinkedIn announced last month it’s partnering with Quora.
So many questions, so few answers.
Out of Answers
On January 31, 2013, LinkedIn will shut down the Answers feature.
The platform was a forum where you could post a question and receive answers (or opinions) on a variety of subjects.
Except for the silly Expert designation assigned to answers rated the best, I liked the forum. I used it in a number of ways.
- To answer questions in my specialty
- To ask purchasing questions on techie stuff
- To get ideas for blog posts
I often found Answers more expedient than the 4 bajillion Groups with members more bent on selling than helping.
I checked out Quora when I first heard about it.
The title of my post, Jumping on the Quora Bandwagon? Think Twice, probably gives you a pretty good idea what I thought about it.
I have not been back since, but I did leave my profile up. And I’ve noticed an increased number of notifications that various people are following me now on Quora.
Keeping my mouth shut works wonders.
LinkedIn, in its ongoing partner shuffle, added Quora to the In crowd.
- You can connect LinkedIn from your Quora settings page
- You can share your Quora Q&As to your LinkedIn profile
Before we all jump on that Quora bandwagon, remember partnerships come and go. Just look at all the changes on LinkedIn.
I will admit, the increase in followers had me considering revisiting Quora to see if much has changed.
I didn’t find it as welcoming or as easy to use as LinkedIn’s Answers, but that might have changed.
What I appreciate most about a Q&A forum is the following.
- You are welcomed and never made to feel stupid
- The underlying motive is helping each other
- The platform is easy to use
How about you?
What do you look for in a Q&A forum?
Have you used Quora? What do you think?
Please share your thoughts in Comments.
P.S. Sorry I have been M.I.A. A stomach bug decided to take home in my body.
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