New Technology Heads Up: Quora
Orange Leaders
January 4, 2011

Don’t you just love knowing about new technology before all of your friends do? Come on, you can say yes. Think about it, you are at a staff meeting and everyone is sitting around the table waiting for the meeting to start. Someone asks, “So, what’s new?” Then you pipe up and say, “I hear […]

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Don’t you just love knowing about new technology before all of your friends do? Come on, you can say yes. Think about it, you are at a staff meeting and everyone is sitting around the table waiting for the meeting to start. Someone asks, “So, what’s new?” Then you pipe up and say, “I hear that Quora is going to be big this year.” Heads turn because they don’t know what you are talking about and your tech cred just went up a little bit. You can thank us later, but first let’s get to the what it is first.

What is Quora (taken from their website)?

Quora is a continually improving collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it. The most important thing is to have each question page become the best possible resource for someone who wants to know about the question.

Why does it matter (my opinion)?

Quora takes your current social graph (the people you know on Twitter/Facebook) and combines it with your interest graph (the information you know or want to know) You will connect with people who have the same interest as you instead of the people who you happen to meet. The greater the connection of social and interest… the greater the likelihood of impact. When you have impact, then you can make a difference.

How are you going to use this service for ministry?

Well, that is truly up to you. You may not use Twitter, Facebook, mobile apps, or other technology for ministry right now, so this may not interest you. Of course in our hypothetical situation above, you might want to have an answer since you brought it up in the staff meeting. I would say it is important to reach out to people who have questions about faith and Christianity. There are already plenty of those questions on there.

Go ahead, try Quora.com out and ask a question on it. Then look really smart in your staff meeting.