Quora Kicks Off Verified Profiles With Spotlight On President Barack Obama

Barack Obama Quora profile March 2014 Quora announced new Verified Profiles today, now adding a checkmark to profile pictures of public figures and writers deemed worthy by the site. According to Quora, it doesn't accept verification requests, but instead will determine who gets a verified profile based on whether a "significant percentage of Quora readers recognize the person's name or background and will value confirmation of the person's identity." To kick off the new feature, the site spotlighted President Barack Obama's Quora profile and claimed it will be rolling out more verified profiles during the coming weeks. [...]

Bing Brings Quora Content Into Its Social Sidebar

bing-icon Bing continues to expand the content that may show up in its social sidebar, with news today that its Quora integration is complete. The integration involves Bing showing top Quora contributors in the sidebar when there's Q&A content on Quora that's related to the Bing search term, much like the sidebar might show content from Facebook or Twitter if that's relative to the search. Here's a screenshot of integration that's being shown on both Bing's and Quora's announcement: Quora isn't a new partner for Bing; it was included in the partner list when Bing originally announced the s [...]

DuckDuckGo Honored As One TIME’s Top Websites Of 2011; Google+ & Quora, Too

DuckDuckGo, the one-full-time-employee search engine that has somewhat aggressively challenged Google on privacy issues, picked up a nice pat-on-the-back this week: It made a TIME magazine list of the 50 Best Websites of 2011. In its short profile, the magazine calls DuckDuckGo "one of the most appealing Google alternatives to date" and has high praise for its search results. It doesn't involve e-mail, maps, real-time results or social networking. It's just a simple, straightforward search engine that's reminiscent of early Google, with a no-nonsense privacy policy (it will not store any [...]

Quora Launches Browse Feature To Help Users Find Related Content

Over the past few months, Quora has been rolling out a variety of new features to help improve the experience on the social question and answer site.  The newest element is a browse page that joins Shuffle (launched in June) and Topic Pages (launched in July).  The goal of the new browse page is to deliver fresh, relevant content that is personalized to Quora users.  The new browse page pulls in recently upvoted answers from both topics that you follow and topics that are related to what you follow.  This new functionality looks very nice visually, with large icons for the various topics [...]

Quora Co-Founder Outlines Plans To Deal With Growing Pains

Quora, a relatively new question-and-answer search engine that's become a darling of the tech community, is suffering through growing pains caused by exponential growth in the past two weeks. And co-founder Charlie Cheever has outlined some of the company's plans to deal with those growing pains. In a post today on Quora, Cheever admits that it's been "a big challenge" to maintain Quora's character while the site has been flooded with new users. How much growth has the site seen? Quora engineer Albert Sheu shared a chart showing two recent spikes -- one right after Christmas and another rig [...]

Will Quora Challenge Google? No. Is It Useful? Yes

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal ran an article in conjunction with Quora's public beta launch. The article framed the discussion as Quora (and its kin) vs. Google: The race to build a successor to Web search is heating up as a number of young companies seek to fill gaps they see with Google Inc. One of the hopefuls, Quora Inc., made its public launch Monday after months of private testing. The Palo Alto, Calif., company, co-founded by two early Facebook Inc. engineers, wants to collect and organize information people have in their heads but that may not be available online, such as [...]

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