How to join Quora

Quora - the new knowledge network and Quora access

Quora is here! What is Quora?

  • First of all: a new social network. What's so special?
  • The knowledge - the context, the context - are back!
  • Exchange with experts, topics, whole sentences!
  • Just ask - the Large Impact forum will answer

But one after anonther.

Classic communication on the Internet - RTFM, ROFL and WTF

Classic forums often give the impression that everything can be done in a few letters or words. A not entirely trivial question - “How do you found a company in Greece?” Quickly dismissed with “RTFM you moron”, maybe even “ROFL” from the next user afterwards. Everyday forum life. Brand new: "Let me Google that for you." Someone answered the above question with a link like this one. Good - it's a joke. Seriously, most users are probably that smart today. You don't ask for general information. You are looking for the "Golden Link". Not where everything that could be is. The one where the important thing is.

But what, for example, should an investor from Brazil do with an answer like the one above? Often such a question is more of a search for some kind of coaching. And in practice it is well known: In some countries the official website is of little help for such a process anyway. Rather, you have to know who is in charge and how you can win it over. Where is this knowledge available?

Of course, Google spits out hundreds of addresses at all levels in response to such a request. Because of their weighting, the whole project can fail again.

Usually the bad comes to light

As computer pioneer Jaron Lanier notes in an interview with Spiegel: mostly the worst comes to light when communicating anonymously on the Internet. The large number of previous communication platforms is good for such two-word exchanges or otherwise wordless reply links.

A nice example of this is the Heise Forum: In fact, there are many technically competent people active there. The primary form of communication, however, is insulting, denying competence (mostly because, in the opinion of the insulting person, the disgusted person works with the platform of the incompetent) and the flame war. Microsoft users are Billy fanboys, Apple users Steve Jobs are a slave, anyone who works with Word can only be a secretary, etc.

All the experts there, some academics and also students, let the pig out verbally uninhibited under the protection of anonymity. In a real meeting - shortly after such posts have been sent - it will certainly be different again, more civil. According to the professional background with which the fire is fired, it can neither be the famous lower classes nor the long-term unemployed. They usually don't run server farms. And here, too, the insults between e.g. Oracle and SAP administrators are interspersed with terms that reveal that a high proportion of formally educated people must be involved.

What is getting better now?

  • It's about knowledge. Not about slogans, pictures and a "I like it" button next to it. Here should be asked. Quora is essentially based on a mixture of content Knowledge similar to Wikipedia and the forms of interaction in classic forums as well as Facebook and Twitter features. The point-to-point interaction of the latter services is quite useful.
  • The sense here is the professional, deeper exchange, possibly also networking or contacts.
  • In addition to pure forum functions, the meanwhile established Twitter features are available: You can follow posts. For example, if you notice that a person has made interesting contributions more often, you can subscribe to their contributions via the push / feed mechanism. In classic forums you would have to manage a list of user names yourself and after a certain period of time you would have to manually ask whether the person has written something again.
  • Last but not least: the service of the former Facebook CTO Adam D’Angole also brings up well-known players in the business such as AOL founder Steve Case or Google product manager Nate Smith as answerers.
  • So far, the Quora concept also seems to attract the desired audience.

There is also a foretaste of more intensive communication in the XING forums. In contrast to the aggressively short comments from Heise.de, XING usually stores a business profile along with a name and often even a picture.

Lo and behold: behavior and netiquette are working again. Every forum post is a potential application attachment. A user who presents himself as an experienced system administrator who has nothing but disdain for "DAUs" and only shines through verbal failures naturally minimizes his chances of coveted headhunter inquiries. Who would want such a sociopath in their company - no matter what they are technically capable of?

The XING forums are a step in the right direction for intensive exchange. However, there are also hurdles:

  • You can only really participate here with paid access. Otherwise you can only portray yourself passively.
  • The forums are based very much on the classic forums.
  • For example, there are no following features there.
  • XING is a German phenomenon. The exchange is therefore limited to German people.
  • Internationally, LinkedIn is the leading business network with around 100 million members (as of January 2011). For comparison: XING had around 10 million members in January 2011.

Access to Quora - by invitation only

Unfortunately, access to Quora is severely limited in Germany. The offer is not yet available directly here. Outside the US, you can only join Quora if you receive an invitation from a Quora member.

I can currently invite people to Quora.

  • I am offering this to friends and acquaintances who are interested.
  • Other people can briefly introduce themselves (name, website, background).
  • If you have similarities and opportunities to network, I would also be happy to invite you. Use the form below, for example. If I don't know you: tell me your name and email address as well as your website or send me a link to your profile on LinkedIn or XING. I don't want to vouch for anyone completely anonymously. If, on the other hand, you want to remain completely anonymous, try GP2B, for example.

Of course, I reserve the right not to process spammers, warning letters, trap operators or otherwise suspect inquiries without giving reasons or not to invite such persons.