Goodnight Quora. You were good.


I wish I had used Quora more. I loved the idea and the interface was strong. It was one of those things that I always planned to do when I had time. Asking and answering questions is the ultimate format to transfer and expand knowledge, after all, and it’s an honorable pastime for someone who isn’t into water skiing or bar hopping.

I just never got around to it.

Now that Quora is getting into the passive-activity-broadcasting trend, I never will get around to it.

Much like Facebook and other sites have been doing lately, Quora is going to let everyone know what you click. It doesn’t matter if you go into to answer a question or read the responses. If your finger slips and you click on a link, they’ll let everyone know. As Liz Gannes at AllThingsD puts it, this is “a further blow to online lurking”. Quora will now publicly show who has read a post.

I’ve written about how new read-receipt features from Facebook and other social and messaging services are hastening an end to online lurking by making passive participation active and accountable. Quora Views totally extends this trend — now just the simple act of visiting a page will be shared, by default.

No thanks. I’m good. The concept of privacy and free roaming on the internet is dying through social media. I simply won’t be a part of it. With that said, I’ll go ahead and post this to Facebook as well…

… such a sad society we’re in.

Written by JD Rucker

+JD Rucker is Editor at Soshable, a Social Media Marketing Blog. He is a Christian, a husband, a father, and founder of both Judeo Christian Church and Dealer Authority. He drinks a lot of coffee, usually in the form of a 5-shot espresso over ice. Find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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  • Whoah. The days are seriously becoming over. I never tried Quora a lot but still, I don’t think I will like if they view that I click on something that’s really pathetic and people will say, like, “What, Taylor’s into that?!” 🙁

  • I gave this a shot, as I do with most social media.

    To begin, I asked a question which was fairly bland, but would do as a test.

    When I returned later in the day, I found that a moderator had changed my wording, I felt that was odd, because as I think you can tell from this post, I can write fairly well.

    I used to write promos and things for radio years ago.

    The new wording completely altered the meaning of my question, it was not what I had asked, so I changed it back.

    When I returned, I found that it had been changed yet again, with a note from the moderator to say that this was how it should look, according to the TOS.

    It was a simple question, there were no offensive words, it wasn’t political, it was just something off the top of my head, and as a question it was perfectly fine.

    So I returned it to it’s original form.

    This made the moderator quite upset, and I was also told to change my name and avatar (which many people recognise, as I use it everywhere) to a photo and to a real name.

    This, in turn, made me angry.

    I advised the moderator on which orifice he could shove quora, and shut down my account.

    Good riddance! 

    •  Hey there Wolfe, That’s just sad. If Quora is such a community that is so tightly controlled and monitored, then that’s okay. But to change the wording of your question, and be told that “that’s how it should look like,” it’s like violating free speech.