Microsoft has just announced that the Bing website is now integrating Quora in the social side bar. The idea -says Bing- is that the Microsoft search engine not only want to show pertinent search results, but also who provides relevant answers. Although there are relevant answers elsewhere (forums, Q&A sites…), this is a potentially huge win for Quora, where most users log-in via Facebook with their real identity. U.S based users should start seeing Quora contributors in the sidebar, today. [ubergizmo.com...]
I hope this is "huge" for Quora, because Quora deserves success. Quora's got careful guidelines for formulating questions, along with a good socially-seeded/quality-driven reputation system, and thus far the level of its discussions has been way beyond what I've seen in most Q&A sites. It will be interesting to see whether it can survive popularity.
I just checked out some Quora topics I've been following via Bing search and don't see them returned yet.
And again they can't provide relevant answers through their search algorithm? Smells like "Editors Picks". Whenever I hit Quora, it says "Sign up for free to read this answer" (homepage is even worse). So I hit the back button, and have by now blocked Quora from Google's results. It's Experts Exchange all over again.
It seems like search is giving up on search actually, the money in keeping all eyes for themselves is too aluring but where will it lead? Former search engines will fast become the biggest affiliate sites on the planet, if they aren't already.