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Jasmine Joseph
Quora – Get Answers Tailor-made
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So when you have a query on anything, what do you normally do? In the current century, simply comb the net to find the answer.  But with the net being gutted with information, it can be a challenging task sometimes to find the exact answer. To help you out, many websites have mushroomed where you could ask a question and have a tailor-made answer. One such website, that has steadily grown popular, is Quora. Founded by two former Facebook employees, one of whom resigned to give shape to Quora, the website was thrown open to public in mid-2010.

Questions can range from anything and everything under the sun from those in a particular domain to subjective or even trivial ones.  From queries on places, gadgets, books, travel, weather, history, current affairs, religion, start-ups, exams, universities to taboo topics and even bizarre ones, one can seek an answer in any field on Quora. Users can collaborate by editing questions and suggesting edits to other users’ answers. Quora’s community of users boasts of the likes of Barrack Obama, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and musician Michael Buble. In fact, many of the questions posted on the website have hogged the limelight by dint of being quirky, profound or extremely relevant.

Quora’s registered users have grown in numbers over the years. Its website design was overhauled to make it easier to navigate for users. Quora released an official iPhone app and an official Android app on 2011 and 2012, respectively. It has also developed a platform for blogs.

The website can be accessed either by registering oneself or through Facebook, Twitter or Google accounts. Then one has the choice to browse through questions, reviews and blogs, answer questions and vote on the best answers, blog posts and reviews. Users can upvote or downvote answers, they can also suggest edits to existing answers provided by other users. One unique feature is the credits that Quora users can bag by providing quality answers, among others things. With a minimum amount of credits they are entitled to seek answers from experts in a domain.

The website has maximum users in Silicon Valley, with US accounting for 25.2% users followed by India at 25%. The site is a big draw for techies and entrepreneurs. Indian entrepreneurs, especially, have found the platform particularly useful for answers to their various needs and to get noticed by Silicon Valley giants.

Given its features, Quora has become a popular platform for sourcing and recruitment agents. With X-Ray search & advanced Google techniques one can also find suitable profiles. They can easily spot experts in a particular domain through the platform, which automatically places the highest qualified persons at the top. One can pose a question in a particular domain and easily find out the most competent answers to zero in on suitable candidates.