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Connect and ShareUsing the tools available on your profile settings page, Quora makes it easy for users to connect their social networking sites and external sites to their Quora account. Connecting your Quora account with your Twitter, Facebook and personal blog can be very helpful when used properly.
After connecting your Quora account with other social networking platforms, use the connection to syndicate questions and answers. If you post a question you really need answered or see a killer question you'd also like to know the answer to, syndicate that question to your Twitter, Facebook and blog to put it in front of many more sets of eyes who may be able to help. Similarly, if you post a smashing answer or see another knock an answer out of the park, syndicate that answer and brag about how awesome it is.
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Vote OftenSee those little arrows to the left of answers? Those are there for users like you to vote up answers that are really spectacular or vote down answers that are less than satisfactory. Using those voting buttons is not only a way to get involved on questions where you may not be providing an answer but also as a way to tell everyone else if the answer is awesome or not.
Voting up an answer lets people know that the answer is in high quality and accurate while a downvote denotes the question is incorrect or could be much better. Votes are part of the PeopleRank algorithm used by Quora meaning those with more upvotes often have higher PeopleRank and are seen as seniors in the community. Because of this PeopleRank connection to voting, remember to vote based on the quality and accuracy of the answer rather than if you personally agree with the answer or not.
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Take Quora On The GoIn addition to browsing the mobile version of Quora.com using the web browser on your smartphone, you can also likely download one of many Quora apps available for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices. As of July 2011, Quora was in the process of developing an official app, but did endorse a third-party app created by Thomas Ricouard called Social Questions.
Download the app and take Quora with you when you're mobile. Of course you'll probably have other things to occupy you on the go, but the app will always be there to ask a quick question if one comes to mind or if you find yourself needing to kill some time and want to learn from others on Quora on the go.
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Follow People, Places and ThingsQuora organizes its questions into topics for easy access. This also makes it really easy to follow topics that interest you so you can learn more about the topic or share your expertise by reading and answering the queries posted by others. So if you're into baking, follow the baking topic. If movies turn you on, follow movies and Hollywood. Whatever you're into, latch onto that topic.
Similarly, Quora users can follow location topics, such as the city in which they live, and other Quora users. If you live in Phoenix, Arizona, follow the Phoenix topic to interact with others in the neighborhood or looking for information on the area. If you're not an expert in a specific topic, but know someone who is, follow that person and learn from what they contribute to Quora. Use the follow tool to easily have the queries you are interested in come to you, rather than you coming to them.
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Be An ExpertA big point of Quora is to provide expert answers to specific queries and that level of expertise sets it apart from similar Q&A sites. This means when someone asks a question on specific topics like astro physics or angel investing, they expect an answer from an astro physicist or an angel investor, respectively, not just a random joe. Sure you may have a great idea, but unless you're an expert or well versed on the topic, it's probably best just to lurk in the shadows and learn from those who have the experience and expertise.
If you are an expert on a specific topic, share your experience and knowledge with those who are less versed on that topic. Share the information you learned in college or in the real world with others by answering questions clearly, completely and concisely. Those asking the questions will be appreciative.
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