Quora Will Be Expanding Beyond Q&A

Posted Dec 22, 2012

Quora co-founder Adam D’Angelo wrote on the company blog earlier this week that they intend on expanding beyond a Q&A format.  ?Today Quora is largely questions and answers, but that is not the ideal format for all knowledge. Other formats will gradually be added as we scale up.?

D’Angelo did not elaborate on how Quora would expand beyond Q&A, but there is speculation that they will go encyclopedia-style like Wikipedia.  Wikipedia and Quora have been seen as complementary to each other rather than competition.  Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales often visits Quora to answer questions that are asked of him.

Another possibility is that Quora could expand to video for sharing knowledge similar to Khan Academy.  However it seems like Quora may end up getting into blogging.

Below is what D’Angelo wrote on the Quora blog:

?The internet was supposed to allow anyone to set up a web page and share their knowledge with the world. But in practice it?s too difficult and takes too long and almost no one does it. Blogs are easy to start, but unless the author is famous, it takes years to build a following. More than a billion people use the internet yet only a tiny fraction contribute their knowledge to it.?