All these questions

Facebook just launched Questions so that we can get answers from the people we trust – our friends. So far I’ve been giving Quora a go. Haven’t been the best contributor though, but whatever, I’ve been finding a few decent bits of information and answers. At least Quora seems to provide you with a more qualified crowd than the average content farm type Q&A site. Quora sort of became better at what Linkedin wanted to branch out to (haha). Linkedin, that just hit 100 million members and are aiming for an IPO, has said that they don’t just want to be a career network but also a knowledge network. So maybe they should just buy Quora.

But what happens now, with Facebook Questions joining the fun? One weakness for Facebook could be that people tend to have their private lives on Facebook and perhaps not too many business acquaintances and similar peeps that might have better answers to their professional questions (Mashable writes about the effects on brands though). But for the rest, where to have dinner, where to travel, my Facebook friends might have a better answer if they are more like me than my professional network in Linkedin, or Quora for that sake. So maybe there’s room for at least two Q&As. Maybe I should ask someone on those networks?

Some comments on commenting platforms

So I switched to Disqus a little while ago, not a big decision really with the amount of traffic and comments this blog has ūüėČ

Disqus, what the heck is that? It’s really just a separate system for handling comments on your site. I had comments before and nothing wrong with the handling of them in WordPress so why make the switch? The truth is that I’m¬†experimenting¬†to learn more, basically what this whole blog is about for me but I find all of these commenting systems or platforms quite interesting.

The idea is simple, with better ways to leave comments and share these with a network of friends and other interested and engaged people you get more out of whatever content you’re consuming. Haha you say looking at this place and yes, as I said, not the finest example of engaging content or rich strings of comments and reactions.

Part from Disqus there are a number other services available like Echo, used by big players like Technorati, and Intense Debate, which has been acquired by the company behind WordPress. This is only three but in my research, which was quick and dirty, I found that these are the ones most people are talking about now.

A quick check in Quora (interesting place for questions and answers by the way, sometimes I find really good answers there) reinforced my presumption: Echo seems more focused on social mentions, reminds me of BackType also worth just mentioning, while Intense Debate seemed not as innovative as Disqus and focused¬†primarily¬†on WordPress (yes I know I use WordPress but I’m getting to some sort of point soon, I hope).

With the idea of getting more people more involved through their networks,¬†Facebook’s improved commenting plugin seems like a good alternative. Since almost a tenth of the worlds population is on Facebook (yes, I know, that was some horrible use of statistics) you have some interesting networks to tap into there.

However, TechCrunch’s experiences showed that it might not be so great after all. Read their thoughts here and here. Basically it is a bit exclusive, but let’s hope this improves since Facebook at least state that you can “enable users to comment using other login providers“. The Next Web also put together a pros and cons article.

And there I was, back at Disqus, hoping it will produce some more interactivity and richness to your part of this blog. But more importantly, what do you think and what are your experiences from these commenting plugins or services?