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8:46 am on Jul 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Facebook Launches 'Facebook Questions' (Beta) [blog.facebook.com]
Today we're introducing Facebook Questions, a beta product that lets you pose questions like these to the Facebook community. With this new application, you can get a broader set of answers and learn valuable information from people knowledgeable on a range of topics.

Since we like to develop products carefully over time with your help, Facebook Questions is available to a limited number of people right now, and we'll be developing it rapidly based on their feedback. We're aiming to bring this product to all of you as quickly as we can.

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Perhaps Yahoo should counter with,
Facebook has questions... Yahoo has Answers!
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It's the Twitter vs. Facebook vs. Google smackdown taking shape, with LinkedIn still sitting on the sidelines with a face that says "Can I play, too?"

Querycasting ~ broadcasting/transmission of queries to/amongst select (qualfied, willing, able) "friends".

Issues: Verification of qualifications? Revelation of qualifications by consent or behind the scenes? Access to qualfication data for selecting "friends" or "set to qualifications" and then ask/invite permission to send/respond? (Still haven't found the old thread where I hypothesized about such a system several years ago. Help?)

Odd. I don't remember LinkedIn opening up their membership to such queries . . yet as an organization of professionals it might work at LinkedIn IF the right controls were put in place.

P.S. Oooo . . creeping self out. Thanks to WebmasterWorld's nifty new search utility I found the old (2007) thread was entitled "The Death of Facebook - Social Networking on the Fly" [webmasterworld.com...]
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Should see it as a grab for last available free SERPs on the first page.

Once they spread useless, for the most part, but covering lots of queries UGC, it will be yet more clutter for the SERPs, along with Wikipedia, Yahoo! Answers, MFA About.com, etc.

They are not assaulting Google, yet. They are taking on free SERPs. Because when it comes to ranking, who do you think will rank higher for common queries, "Joe's personal Blog" of Facebook?

The day I see Google Answers, Yahoo Answers, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, Yellow Pages and a number of other junk sites to take first 10 positions in any respectable search engine is the day I stop using that search engine, forever.

Yet again, maybe they are after that extra kick in traffic that comes from queries such as "who's better, coke or pepsi"?
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+ aadvark
8:36 pm on July 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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aleksl beat me to it.

Oh boy! Soon, when I have a question about the web, I'll go to Facebook Questions! I bet Brett is really, really scared about this.
LOL!

I can hear the meeting discussion at Facebook...
We're not useful, except to connect people. We're not part of the conversation where we can sell ads. What can we do? What can we do with zillion members? ...

I dunno if I have a better idea. But, yeah, as aleksl says, it will be useless (or worse) junk, like Yahoo Answers.
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I visited the link and made the mistake to actually have a look at the 1.500+ comments...oh boy...I am lost for words if this is representative for the Facebook community!
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I don't think any of it is anonymous either. So if you post or answer a question, your real name will be out there for the world to see. At least with Yahoo Answers (and WebmasterWorld!) there is some anonymity through usernames.
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Perhaps Yahoo should counter with,
Facebook has questions... Yahoo has Answers!

LoL - One for me to use tonight with friends and sound witty, if I may Roger.

Not sure what value-add does this provide over Yahoo answers.
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Maybe the good thing is , that you can contact experts of a special topic more easily than per Yahoo or other similar sites.
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I hope they launch it for spanish users soon!
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Hint, hint: Go and copy as many Yahoo Answers and eHow etc Q&A's as you can manage, sort them out into related groups and build sites out of each group. 500-1500 pages per site should suffice and when you've posted those pages DO NOTHING ELSE with the site, like ever.

Eventually you will outrank these mega sites with their own USER GENERATED Q&A's when the questions get so deeply buried in their site they can't be found easily (without search) and since you're not adding all of the extra HTML crap to the pages Google will love your site better. If it doesn't add some youtube videos and flickr images and it WILL like you better. (G says that's not how it works but it's working JUST FINE for the mashup outfits I see on my keywords).

USER GENERATED sites like what this seems to be aiming to become have "use this free content" written all over them. Of course you're free to give better answers, user generated stuff has a high % of crapola. Yes, i'm promoting spam because that's what it is - ALL questions have been answered on other sites ALREADY and this move by Facebook is aimed squarely at claiming the traffic those pages get.
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Hw about Google? Does it has any kind of this service?
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^ aadvark

none of that content is optimized and looks terrible.

last week
site:vark.com showed just a few results

today
site:vark.com shows a few thousand pages.
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Where this the link to Facebook Questions Beta, I could not find to test it. Thanks