Another reason to love Quora!

I love Quora. Have you used it? It seems that lately a lot of people are using it. I have been on Quora for years and think it’s one of the greatest ideas that exists on the web. On Quora, you ask a question and people answer your questions. If you like someone’s answer to a question, you can “upvote” it (which means that you think the answer is better than other answers to the same question). The idea is that the “best” answers to each question rise to the top and ultimately Quora becomes “the” place to go to for the answers to just about any question.

Recently “” launched. This does the same thing, but with pictures. So it’s sort of an “Instagram meets Quora” and it’s getting lots of press (mostly because it was launched by the co-founder of Twitter). Perhaps, due to Jelly (or because of some other marketing strategy that I haven’t seen) more people are signing up for Quora.

I know this because after years of almost nothing, it seems that in the last few weeks/months I keep getting more notifications of people “following me” on Quora. Whatever the reason, it’s good for Quora and therefore good for me. The more people that use it, the better the answers (and the questions) get.

Anyways, today I was looking on Quora and saw that someone had posted an answer to the question “What answers on Quora have the most upvotes?” This was interesting to me as an indication of the mindset of the Quora community. So I checked it out.

One of the answers with the most upvotes was to this question: “What were the most ridiculous startup ideas that eventually became successful?” and the answer, is both accurate and hilarious. My favorite type of content. Well worth a read… of course #1 is “Facebook” and here’s what the answerer (is that a word?) said:

Facebook – the world needs yet another Myspace or Friendster except several years late. We’ll only open it up to a few thousand overworked, anti-social, Ivy Leaguers. Everyone else will then join since Harvard students are so cool.

The rest are just as funny. Hope you enjoy it. (And Quora if you’ve never seen it).

I posted a question once, when I first became MD of Wireworks. I couldn’t find it on Quora (in time to finish this post) but I asked people what business advice do they wish someone had given them when they first started their startup. If I find the link I’ll post it. I’d love to know your answers.

Broadcast your own festival video!

I read on (via a contact of mine in the mobile industry) that Apple have released an App that will let people use their iPhone camera to stream HD video at the iTunes festival (where Paul Simon, Foo Fighters, and Raphael Saadiq are among those performing).

This is pretty cool, as it means that we’ll be able to see this event as it’s happening, but also be able to see it from a number of different perspectives.

I saw DJ Jazzy Jeff at the Jazz Cafe in London a couple of years ago. The gig was epic, my friends and I left sweaty, tired and without a voice… exactly how you want to feel after the gig. I took my camera and shot some videos from our vantage point… but I always wanted to be able to link my video footage with some of the other ones (even Jazzy Jeff’s own video)that I saw of the gig, in order to make my own “multi-camera” video of the gig… to remember my night out, and to be able to share it with friends. (Many people don’t realize just how amazing Jazzy Jeff is on the turntables… so if you’ve never seen him spin, you don’t know what you’re missing).

If Apple are smart (and they usually are), they’ll release something that lets you edit footage from multiple people’s feeds in sync to make your own concert video. This will spark a different type of sharing, and something that should benefit everyone involved… the artist, the venue, the iTunes store, and the fan… that’s a win win situation.

It would be cool if Apple could integrate this with CollabraCam and allow people to link up and actually run a “multi-camera shoot” during the Festival. But either way, having all of this content shot and streamed from all of these cameras should be a really great way to engage with the festival.

Another idea would be to integrate it with something like b@tv … to let people tag and comment on the videos, adding that social layer to the whole thing.

Now that would be really fun… at least for a music loving techno geek like me… and a few others I know, like Kate – who I met at a Snoop Dogg gig and who was shooting some very cool videos, which she has on her YouTube page.