The AllFacebook blog reports that Facebook is testing a new “questions” product similar to Quora (or Aardvark, ChaCha, kgb or Yahoo Answers):
Some users have begun reporting seeing a new “Questions” product within their homepage, something oddly similar to Quora, a product developed by ex-Facebook employees that also recently raised funding at an $86 million valuation. While it doesn’t appear that this product has any integration with Quora, it appears to be in direct competition to Quora as well as Yahoo! Answers.
The AllFacebook post doesn’t really speculate about the model or implications for the broader market; however there are obvious local and mobile use cases. Beyond general and pop culture questions this could quickly become a word of mouth local recommendations engine:
- What’s the best . . . ?
- Where can I find . . . ?
- What is there to do . . . ?
- Who do you recommend . . .?
The rest of this post is at Internet2Go.
Update: Some additional information at GigaOM, makes it seem akin to Aardvark.