Quora connects you to everything you want to know about. Quora aims to be the easiest place to write new content and share content from the web. We organize people and their interests so you can find, collect and share the information most valuable to you.
When you want to know more about something, Quora delivers you answers and content from people who share your interests and people who have first-hand knowledge — like real doctors, economists, screenwriters, police officers, and military veterans. On Quora, it's easy to create a personalized homepage of everything you want to know about by following topics, questions, people and boards.
Get great answers to your questions
Often the things you wonder about can be asked as a question. On Quora, questions are the primary way we elicit new information from people's minds onto the web. Each question page aims to become the best resource for anyone with that same question. In many cases, your question will already have been asked and answered by people with first-hand experience.
Use boards to organize anything you read or think about
Today, when you're interested in knowing about something, you browse and search the web and talk to people you know with advice and knowledge. On Quora, you can use boards to organize and share all this information. Boards are collections of things you write and find — like lightweight blogs or personal notes. You can post anything you find on Quora or elsewhere on the web, onto a board. You can follow other people's boards — focusing on an individual's perspective on their profession or one of their hobbies. You can also add people as contributors to your own boards so you can collaborate to capture and share information about anything.
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What question you can think of there is someone on Quora who can answer it. No, this is not a new tool, because there are resources like Google and Yahoo Answers. However, the difference with Quora is that you get real answers from people who are actually in the field that you are inquiring about. They have the real life experience.
Quora, however, is definitely a tool that I would recommend be used by only teachers. Teachers can ask questions about topics pertaining to their subject matter and be able to give answers to their students. For example, an English teacher can ask questions about eBook publishing and relay that information to their students interested in that topic. For students, it runs the risk of becoming a free-for-all that can lead to chaos because of the types of non-educational questions students may ask that could render inappropriate responses.
Quora allows users to explore answers to various questions. One may post a question about anything and receive an answer from another user.
This tool is not a unique. With constant access to Google or to Yahoo answers, one would not need to use this tool. Also, Yahoo Answers serves the same function. Google is even better as it links users to any website with an answer to a question.
This tool is not useful in the classroom. Students could pose questions to other users on a variety of topics, but this site would allow students access to a variety of already asked questions, including inappropriate ones. I would not recommend this as a tool for the classroom.