Quora’s growth is wild
Published by MartinVarsavsky.net in Internet & Technology with No Comments
I am planning to write a post on Quora but want to get better at understanding it before I do. Still here is a first observation. After 3 years on Twitter I have around 26,000 followers. On Quora I am getting around 200 per day and that is at the very start of Quora. At this rate it will take me less than half a year to have as many followers in Quora as I have in Twitter. Especially considering that the rate will likely go up as it did with Twitter. This I find shocking. Facebook had a slow start. Twitter had a slow start. Still they are both gigantic now. What is going on with Quora that is growing so fast so quickly? Will it be the next big thing? Will it fizzle out like Chatroulette? Should I ask that on Quora?
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Sebastian Wain on January 18, 2011 ·
The question about Quora traction is very easy to answer. In some ways they follow the experience from LinkedIn/Facebook/Twitter: they first engage people who has a high ranking in the social graph, then followers follow.
Ariel on January 18, 2011 ·
The key point is that when a Twitter user new to Quora connects its Twitter account, he gets to automatically follow in Quora his Twitter followings, i.e. @martinvars.
Unlike Twitter, in which you first had to discover who to follow, and then do it for yourself, in Quora it’s a viral thing.
Pau on January 18, 2011 ·
It’s not only that you automatically follow all your twitter followings, but also your facebook friends. And I have not been able to disable this option.
Ouriel Ohayon on January 18, 2011 ·
this is precisely what i tweeted a week ago and this is insane. Got the same amount of followers in 3 months than in a year on twitter. I think the reason is because Quora takes the better juice out of Twitter and brings it to the next level: asking questions and getting good answers.
until now twitter was the best Q&A for me. But Quora is by far way better and is real time too
Mariana on January 18, 2011 ·
I am convinced this is a better version of twitter. Quora also applied the basics of “Tipping Point”, is an excellent idea and has resources.
We are lauching a very similar service from Buenos Aires: luleka.com
Juan Miguel Venturello on January 18, 2011 ·
Martin, or someone else, if you have an invite could you share it with me? Thanks!
nikolas woischnik on January 18, 2011 ·
I guess you should ask this on Quora. Quora may well make one’s blog irrelevant. It should be seen as a blogging platform rather than a Q&A site. Every good blog post gives answers to a question. Why not make this a participatory process by default? Scoble says that Quora made his own blog obsolete.
Michael on January 18, 2011 ·
This looks great. How can I get an invite?!
Peter Hodgson on January 19, 2011 ·
I think that part of all social networks’ success is the fact that no likes to be left out. Ostracism is very depressing.
This is, of course, my current situation with Quora. Not yet invited. :-/
Javier on January 22, 2011 ·
As stated by previous comments is evident that Quora piggybacks on Twitter and that is the main reason for growth (well done for them, clever strategy), but I think we should stop creating the next big thing of the week.
Is nothing new, same idea as Yahoo Answers and others, but it is as well cooler (because of the Twitterish style IMHO) and might work. I would suggest your post to answer the question of why Quora will work where others failed, that would be interesting to know…
Javier on January 22, 2011 ·
Just a quick add-on to the comment. When I got my invitation and entered my feeling was “Is that it?” Nice, can be useful for some things but what is all the fuzz about really? I heard some comments even stating it would kill blogs… in this industry we really love to kill things in a permanent basis 😉
Javier on January 23, 2011 ·
I guess you already read it or you will do soon, but just in case. I could not explain it better.
Why I Don’t Buy the Quora Hype http://tcrn.ch/eBvJ1M by @vwadhwa
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Julien on January 18, 2011 ·
I would bet that Quora’s number of connection grows faster because it relies on the social graphs built by FB and Twitter. My bet is that you will not reach the number of followers you have on Twitte any time soon. It will grow slower when it gets closer to it and will probably not pass it.