Start-up Quora Adds Boards to Q&A Platform

By Ashok Bindra December 20, 2011

Founded by two former Facebook employees, start-up Quora is moving beyond the label of an information network that connects you to everything you want to know about. It has added a new feature to its site called “Boards.”  With Boards, according to Quora, people can post any information seeking questions.

A post on the company blog by co-founder Adam D’Angelo read, “As Quora has grown, we’ve learned that people want to read the most interesting content regardless of whether it happens to be in question and answer format or not.”And every question people ask is something larger they want to know more about. If you want to take a trip, for example, you have a range of questions, but to really plan that trip you also have recommendations from friends who’ve been there and links, images, videos from all across the web. So today, we’re introducing a new way to share, organize, and consume content called boards,” added D’Angelo.

According to Business Insider reporter Boonsri Dickinson, the addition of “Boards” to the basic Q&A platform is a big change for the company that is popular in Silicon Valley but has yet to capture the mainstream audience.

As per the explanation provided by Business Insider report, Boards permits Quora users to organize and share information from Quora website. “It is similar to the way Pinterest allows people to share things they love,” wrote Dickinson.

Continuing to explain Boards, D'Angelo wrote in the company blog, "On your profile, you can create any number of boards. Then, you can post any kind of content to them. You can write new posts, you can repost questions, answers, topics, or anything else that already exists on Quora, and you can also post a link to any page from the web. Boards have followers, and when you post something to a board, it will be shown to all of them. In this way, a board works like a lighter-weight version of a blog. But you can use them for organization, to make lists of things, as mailing lists, or anything else you want. You can add multiple authors to a board to make it collaborative. We support private boards as well."

In essence, Boards allows people to follow people's interests and professions rather than just people, wrote Dickinson.


Ashok Bindra is a veteran writer and editor with more than 25 years of editorial experience covering RF/wireless technologies, semiconductors and power electronics. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

TechZone360 Contributor

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