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.

Useful blogs for staying on top of Digital and Marketing Strategy

I was in Dublin yesterday for the first time, visiting a client of ours and talking about some of my favorite marketing trends. Being a “digital guy”, which to me means that I am a lover of technology, data, gadgets and general “geekery”, I was asked towards the end of the meeting to share some thoughts on things like “data” and “gamification” and other digital marketing buzzwords. I spent a few minutes espousing some of my views and was then asked how I stay on top of things when it all seems to change so fast.

My response was that I try to read as many blogs and newsfeeds as possible. She then asked if I would share some of my favorite blogs with her. I thought that this might be useful for more than just this one client. So, after a quick scan of my “Marketing, Digital, Social” category in my feedly account here are a few the sites/blogs that I find most useful for staying on top of trends and for finding inspiring new ideas in the world of digital marketing and marketing strategy.


I follow over 60 blogs. Some are big (and obvious), some are small. Some more “techy” and others less so. I’m sure I’ve missed some really obvious ones, and also struggled with others that inspire me, but may not be what my client was looking for (like TechCrunch and FastCompany). I also felt that I wanted to mention my Twitter Feed and also LinkedIn (whose acquisition of Pulse has made LinkedIn an even more valuable source of daily news/content for me.)

If you’re reading this, drop me a comment about ones that you agree with, or disagree with. Or ones that you read?