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India looks to have passed the US to become Quora’s top source of traffic

India looks to have passed the US to become Quora’s top source of traffic | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it

Question-and-answer site Quora is doing well in India after reportedly passing the US as its top source of traffic, as noticed by Next Big What.

According to Alexa, India represents 30.8% of traffic, compared to 21.8% from the US. The UK, Canada and China round out the top five.

 

Next Big What speculates that the Indian population’s interest in Quora comes from two segments: entrepreneurs and college students. Integration with Facebook is also believed to have spurred adoption in the country. At the end of 2012, there were 71 million Facebook users in India.

 

Of course, India’s population of 1.2 billion is a strong reason for the high traffic, but China, which has an even larger population, contributes less than 1/10th the traffic that India does, according to Alexa.

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Quora expands into a blogging platform, promises rich text mobile editing soon

Quora expands into a blogging platform, promises rich text mobile editing soon | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it

The Question and answer social network Quora has launched a blog service that it hopes will allow more users to share in-depth knowledge about topics that they’re passionate about. The company believes that knowledge sharing has typically been about the writing and what it hopes to achieve is help alleviate the struggle some have about finding an audience. With this news, the company is also launching a new feature for its Quora for iPhone app: rich-text editing, which it will be launching “soon.”

 

When someone posts a question on Quora, it’s usually one that’s treated professionally by the community. Sure, there are funny ones such as “how can you lay siege to the Magic Kingdom?”, but for the most part the questions are responded in a courteous and lengthy answer — not something one would typically see within the comments section of a blog. And for the most active contributors/writers, the views can be quite enormous. In the span of a year, most writers receive between 300,000 to 400,000 views while the most active writers receive up to 1 million views.

 

But while people choose to share individual questions, there are often times when some may want to further promote their expertise in a particular topic or industry and with the introduction of blogs on Quora, this could give them the opportunity to thrust them into the spotlight of being a Subject Matter Expert. Building an audience on the Web is a tough and time-intensive thing for anyone, but with Quora, the company says that a blog can be created, assigned to one of the 300,000 topics available, and instantly be seen by thousands of users who could engage with it in some manner, be it sharing on Facebook and Twitter,  promoting it, or commenting.

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