Yahoo Answers was the first Q&A site that i was exposed to. When it had started, it was exciting to see for any given question, you always had someone answering it. Someone who has the expertise or the experience in answering the question. Then there was the country editions that were started. Each country had their own Q&A sites like India had Rediff Q&A. This was the time, when we were just graduating from Chat systems to better and easy interactivity to off beat questions.
Need to be social
The intent of an individual to be – social – You create a social networking site. All sites began to gather momentum to
Then you provide people to become ego-massagers through interaction – You create the sharability feature
Then you provide them with resource of information – Search – via Google, first, then via Bing
and now bring in more interaction and kind of AI – through Collaborative research, big competition to Vark and Yahoo Answers.
Google Answers has shut down!! But they bought Vark, where they wanted to integrate the real time and social search in a way that it becomes more sharable
FormSpring – Another Social QnA which created a whole new way of leveraging Facebook, Twitter and even Blogging platforms.
Even though there are so many social platforms that are available to answer your query. But the best part is that there is an inherent quality in us that we want answers, provided we have the right questions.