What is up with the hype around Quora? And what the heck is Quora? In a nutcake, Quora is like Wikipedia except for questions and answers. Quora is a place where you can ask questions and have them answered by by the masses but there is a consensus component. People can vote on the answers, even suggest edits for the answers and even edit the questions themselves which is a little scary.

But it has a social aspect that Wikipedia doesn’t have. You have followers and following. You can follow subjects, you can follow questions, you can follow people. All the things you are following end up in your stream.

Do we really need another social site? Will Quora be bigger than Twitter? Does this site have any staying power? These are questions I want to ask. So far most of the questions that get any traction are technology-based questions. It’s a great place to get your technology questions answered.  Other than that, I’m not sure what this site may be good for.

One thing I like about Quora is their basic principles:

1. Make the site a great resource for people who want to learn.

2. Be nice

3. Explain why.

Seems like some good basics.  Keep your eye on Quora.  We haven’t heard the last about it.  And feel free to ask me a question:  http://www.quora.com/Grandma-Mary Or you can ask me a question on Facebook.  Or ask me on Twitter, e-mail, blog comments, or what the heck – give me an old fashioned phone call!