Facebook's 1st CTO Launches His Next Company (Screen Shots)
Adam D'Angelo was a programming genius who knew Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in high school, became the young company's first CTO and has just begun to unveil his new startup company, Quora. Built by D'Angelo and a team of crack young engineers, Quora is a real-time enabled Q&A site. The company calls itself "A continually improving collection of questions and answers." In our very early testing it's a pleasure to use, but we're going to share screen shots with you tonight and write about it in depth after more extensive use tomorrow.
I have personally found the Q&A (Questions & Answers) format and the likes of FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) to be a very good way to get a lot of information quickly and it appears that this is now being recognized and capitalized upon with some of the new technologies, apps and services.
Quora, noted above will of course garner lots of attention just based on the connection to FaceBook but in the past few months there have been many others such as Aardvark and most recently the phenomena of FormSpring.me For more on FormSpring.me read Marshall's other RWW article Anonymity, Self-Reference & Q&A: Formspring.me's Winning Combination for the Social Web
It is well worth watching this trend as I think that Q&A is a very natural format for us all as one of the ways we express and pursue our curiosity. Making this faster, easier and giving it the almost infinite reach to others online will be a winning and effective trend.