James Hritz’s take on ‘Why Quora & Social Media Experts Don’t Mix‘ is all very funny, and interesting – and not without irony on a site boasting ‘Be ready to make this blog the primary focus of your life.’
But to address this:
“Regardless of how you feel about Quora, its content, or its community, the trend of deeper, longer format conversations in social media and how users adapt to it is going to be something of interest.”
Questions of long-form versus low transaction cost snippets of conversation online are not new … openDemocracy, to name one of many, has been long form for years.
As for short-form, Twitter has just made it very easy to do very little very effectively.
I once spent 6+ hours a day in long-drawn out online debates. I became an expert in my chosen subject… even compiling my own personal encyclopedia I could draw upon in the midst of heated discussions. I was an undergraduate student then… and have never since had so much spare time to chew the online fat.
Quora may be “snobby, clubby, and intellectually elitist” – and Twitter may be full of “social media experts” building undeserved reputations by agressively following, unfollowing and sharing the work of others.
But what the different social norms and behaviour on these two platforms really should remind us is that, for whatever reason, some people have more or less knowledge, or more or less time, than others.
On the one hand, this might give Quora dons a chance to feel rather supercillious and proud of themselves.
On the other, it also indicates to those designing participatory sites, that it is prudent to cater for those who can give different amounts of commitment … which might mean chunking information and enabling different levels of participation, on the basis that not everyone, however much they may want to, is able to spend the equivalent of a full-time job asking and answering questions.
By: James Hritz As the Quora user base has grown, along with much praise, has come some criticism. Specifically, many critics view Quora as a snobby, clubby, and intellectually elitist place. It seems much of the loudest criticism about Quora and it’s community and moderation policies come from a Twitter ecosystem creature known as the “social media expert/maven.” If you are even a casual user of Twitter, I am sure you have seen the social media … Read More
via The Quora Review