• The Age Of Relevance

    The Age Of Relevance

    What’s the Next Big Thing after social networking? This has been a favorite topic of much speculation among tech enthusiasts for many years. I think we are already witnessing a paradigm shift – a move away from simple social sharing towards personalized, relevant content. The key element of the next big thing is the increasing significance of the Interest Graph to complement the… Read More

  • Sorry Entrepreneurs: You're Probably the Rule, Not the Exception

    I was in the air an average of 30 hours a month for the last two years, so I watched a lot of movies — typically semi-delirious on Ambien– that I wouldn’t ordinarily. One of those was the star-studded rom-com “He’s Just Not That Into You.” Note: You won’t see this movie at the Oscars tonight, or any night, and that’s not because it was… Read More

  • One Browser Input To Rule Them All: Here Come The Chrome Omnibox Extensions

    If Chrome’s best feature is its speed, it’s second best feature has to be the Omnibox. I’m still not sure why every browser doesn’t simply offer one box for both searching and typing in URLs. But the Omnibox is about to get even more powerful, as developers have started fleshing out extensions to take advantage of it. Google first talked about the Omnibox API back in… Read More

  • Quora vs. StackExchange: Why, Joel, Why?

    The Q&A land rush is on. Quora, of course, has been hyped to the moon, and not without reason. Fortune magazine recently profiled five more Q&A sites, and three new ones just launched: Cloudy, where your friends answer your questions via SMS; Setlr1, which is like Twitter for yes/no questions; and InboxQ, Q&A on Twitter. Is this a bubble full of copycats doomed to wither into… Read More

  • Inside the DNA of the Facebook Mafia

    Inside the DNA of the Facebook Mafia

    A lot of things about Facebook have been impressive, even by the Silicon Valley standards. Almost no other Valley company has reached so many people around the world so quickly. Few Valley companies have been considered important forces in causes as disparate as planning a party or a political uprising. Rarely has a kid in his early 20s held onto the CEO reins this long. And of course, no… Read More

  • Finally: Facebook Co-Founder Opens the Curtain on Two-Year Old Asana

    Finally: Facebook Co-Founder Opens the Curtain on Two-Year Old Asana

    Two years ago, when Dustin Moskovitz announced he was leaving Facebook to start a new company with fellow-Facebooker Justin Rosenstein most people thought one of two things: He’d had a falling out with Mark Zuckerberg or he was just crazy. What could be more exciting than Facebook? Moskovitz, of course, was Zuckerberg’s college roommate and co-founder of Facebook. If you get… Read More

  • The Royal Me

    The King’s Speech is worthy of the Best Actor award Colin Firth will likely garner at this year’s Academy Awards as a proxy for Best Picture going elsewhere. The Oscar voters are younger these days and will overlook the story of Queen Elizabeth’s stuttering father and how the reluctant prince reached the throne. They’ll vote for King Mark of Facebook instead. But… Read More

  • Quora Details Their New Answer Ranking Scheme; Their "PageRank", Of Sorts

    Quora Details Their New Answer Ranking Scheme; Their "PageRank", Of Sorts

    As you may have seen, last weekend, Robert Scoble worked himself into a tizzy because an answer of his was moderated into a collapsed state on Quora. The whole bitchmeme surrounding the incident was rather humorous. But there was at least somewhat of a point behind all of it: people began asking more questions about the methods behind Quora’s ranking system. Today, we have some of… Read More

  • Quora Backlash Slams Head First Into Quora Backlash Backlash

    Quora Backlash Slams Head First Into Quora Backlash Backlash

    You know how I know Quora is going to be big? No one can shut up about it. That includes both people who love it and people who hate it. And that dichotomy is important, because it will keep people talking about it. And that will keep people signing up. And it will keep those that already signed up going back. And that’s important because Quora is a service that takes a bit longer… Read More

  • Quora Is Really About A Better Wikipedia, Not Robert Scoble's Hopes & Dreams

    Robert Scobleized Quora today. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I mentioned super-blogger Robert Scoble’s penchant for taking very strong positions on technology and startups and then reversing those decisions completely on a whim. I love him for his quick retreats. And I certainly admire a man who’s willing to rethink his opinion after weighing new evidence. Read More

  • Social Questions: Quora Gets An – Unofficial – iPhone App

    Social Q&A startup Quora recently hired an iOS developer, so chances are we’ll soon see an official iPhone (and iPad?) application emerge, even if its website already functions quite well on smartphones. While you await said official app, be sure to check out Social Questions. Developed by Thomas Ricouard, the app will let you access and browse the Quora mobile website with a couple… Read More

  • Quora + CrunchBase + LinkedIn = Best Extension Ever?

    A month ago, Polaris Ventures principal Ryan Spoon wrote up a quick blog post looking for a developer with Chrome extension/app experience. He had a pretty simple idea for something to help him with his job. Matt Basta saw the post and created the extension Spoon was looking for almost instantly. Now they’re opening it up for all to use and calling it Polaris Insights. The… Read More

  • What Is Quora’s Biggest Challenge?

    By now, everyone has an opinion of Quora and is waiting to see if their mom starts following them there, too. In the past week, in addition to winning the Crunchies award for best new startup, it is also the target of growing skepticism.  Well-circulated articles have been written about the company’s ascent. Katherine Boehret from the Wall Street Journal wrote a review in which she… Read More

  • Why I Don’t Buy the Quora Hype

    Let me start with a disclaimer: I am not writing this in my capacity as a university professor or researcher; I don’t claim to be an expert on social networking; and I will be happy to be proven wrong—I have no vested interest in the success or failure of Quora.  And given the fire I’ve already taken for tweeting an opinion that defies the Valley’s infinite wisdom, I… Read More

  • PeopleRank: Quora Is Developing An Algorithm To Determine And Rank User Quality

    It’s no secret that Q&A site Quora is exploding in terms of usage and growth. Currently the site is getting around 164,000 unique visitors per month (December 2010 stats from comScore), and we’ve heard from a source that the service is doubling users every four months. The drawback to that kind of growth is that content could suffer in return (i.e. the Yahoo Answers issue). Read More

  • The Thin Wedge Of Quora

    In 2010, a handful of mobile photo-sharing applications unleashed armies of handset users to snap pictures and instantly share them across multiple platforms and networks: Instagram growth exploded to become a Twitter for pictures; Picplz received generous funding, Path emerged from stealth mode, Occipital enabled 360-degree panoramic experiences, Foodspotting encouraged users to capture… Read More

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Quora

    The incredible growth of Quora has also led to an equally incredible growth in chatter, punditry, and analysis about the future of social networking. The opinions range from thought-provoking (“the knowledge network comes online”) to routine (“the new form of blogging”) to flatly illogical (“this is the next Twitter, Foursquare, or Wikipedia”). In reality… Read More

  • How Not To Be Influential? Quora Spam On Mechanical Turk

    There’s has been much discussion in the past couple of days about how Quora can handle its recent explosive growth, avoid becoming a Yahoo Answers (i.e. full of nonsense and spam) and scale with grace. As further evidence of a growing success problem, Google’s Head Spam Avenger Matt Cutts points us to the above evidence of Quora fraud through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. Read More

  • Will A Q&A Ecosystem Bloom? Quora Launches An API In Alpha

    Many successful startups have followed a simple pattern in recent years. They gain the users then demand for an ecosystem begins. We saw this with Facebook, with Twitter, with Foursquare, etc. Quora is currently in the process of gaining those users. And now the demand for an ecosystem is kicking in. So they’re releasing an early API to meet that demand. Specifically, Quora has launched… Read More

  • Quora Answers The Question: How Will You Avoid Becoming Yahoo Answers?

    Quora Answers The Question: How Will You Avoid Becoming Yahoo Answers?

    As we’re all well aware by now, the Q&A service Quora is exploding with growth. And while that may seem like a good thing, there are two distinct downsides. First, Quora is a pretty complex site and so scaling to accomodate huge user growth is difficult. And second, there has been a belief since the site launched to the public that as it grew more popular, the less useful it… Read More

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