TechCrunch: Creators can now monetize their expertise on Quora. “Quora’s first new product is Quora+ — subscribers will pay a $5 monthly fee or a $50 yearly fee to access content that any creator chooses to put behind a paywall. These are the same rates that Medium, which has no ads, charges for its membership program.”
BBC: Quora says 100 million users hacked. “Question-and-answer website Quora has been hacked, with the names and email addresses of 100 million users compromised. The breach also included encrypted passwords, and questions people had asked.”
Quartz: The one-man army working to make Quora better for Q&A obsessed Indians. “It’s not quite Facebook or Twitter in India, but Quora has built up a seemingly engaged and loyal following in the country since 2010, a year after it was launched by two former Facebook employees, Adam D’Angelo and Charlie Cheever. Today, the platform gets over 20% of its traffic from India and Indians constitute the second-largest user base for the US-based company.”
TechCrunch: Q&A site Quora clamps down on anonymity – will review content before publishing, restricts actions. “Quora, a crowdsourced Q&A site that’s generally smarter than Yahoo Answers, is making a big change to how anonymity works on its service. Most notably, it will begin cracking down on spam and harassment by reviewing all anonymous content before it’s distributed on its network, the company says. Anonymous users will also no longer be able to unduly influence other aspects of the Q&A process, as anonymity will now only be supported for asking questions or sharing answers, not things like voting or commenting.” Quora is one of the few digest e-mails that I look forward to. Can’t blame them for proactively taking this step.
Biz Stone has pivoted Jelly again, and this is a big enough pivot that I’m going to file it under “New Resources”. Introducing Jelly. “Jelly is the only search engine in the world with an attitude, an opinion, and the experience of people to back it all up. Only Jelly can say you asked the wrong question. Only Jelly can give you answers you wanted but didn’t think to ask. Only Jelly will deliver a thoughtful answer to your anonymous question. This is all because Jelly is humanity plus technology.” Actually I find that Quora is great at delivering thoughtful answers, anonymous or otherwise.
Quora is testing advertising? “Quora has started looking at what ads would look like on the question-and-answer service. The company is running what it calls an ‘experimental pilot’ (basically it’s in beta) where ads from Lever, Uber, Wealthfront, and Sunrun will appear on a small number of question pages.”
Quora now has 100 million users a month. I rarely go there deliberately, but those digest e-mails Quora sends are addictive. 90% of the time I end up going to the site and devouring all the other answers. “As per the official record of the company, it is seeing 100 million monthly unique visitors to its Q&A social network, an increase of 22 percent from January when it acknowledged having 80 million.”
Quora has launched a Discover feature. “In the coming weeks, we will be rolling out a new feature that allows you to discover new people and topics to follow to fine-tune your Quora experience. You can access this feature right from the top of your feed when you click Discover.” Quora is the only daily digest e-mail I get that I click on regularly. People talk about such fascinating stuff!