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Quora believes getting answers is one thing, getting them instantly is another. To address the latter, Quora now features an “Online Now” label that indicates the person most likely to give you an answer is available right now.

“Online Now” supplements Quora’s Ask to Answer experience. Ask To Answer selectively recommends people who are most likely to answer your question on Quora, going by their track record with similar questions in the past. Online Now shows you when these ‘experts’ with the knowledge to answer your question are online and available to answer, and reciprocally also shows others when you are available to answer.

Quora says that many questions asked on the site are time specific (for e.g. What should I do if I smell gas outside my home?). The Online Now benefits from Quora’s much improved suggestion algorithm.

As Quora says,

Fast answers are magical — they satisfy your curiosity and help you make informed decisions. Fast answers are especially valuable when you are mobile and have questions that need answers right now.

The announcement also addresses privacy concerns. Your online status appears only on Ask to Answer and not on any other part of the site. You also need to have accessed the Quora homepage for the status to activate. You can turn off the Ask To Answer status setting and thus render your online/offline status invisible on Quora.

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Source: Quora

  1. Yiz Borol
    November 15, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Isn't this direct competition with makeuseof's answers section?

    Why would you report about it?

    • Saikat Basu
      November 15, 2012 at 3:42 am

      There's enough to go around :) And MakeUseOf is all about openness as should the entire web always be...we are all about "making use of" technology (cliched, but that's what we are about).

  2. Mart Küng
    November 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    You have to log in to read answers. Yet another site wanting my personal data.

    • Douglas Mutay
      November 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Pffff... you're right! Seems like that's the price to pay...

    • Ahmed Khalil
      November 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      i still not understand what is the use of this app, can some one help

    • Michael Greene
      November 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      For me, its worth it. I really enjoy Quora.

  3. Chew Jian Yue
    November 14, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Wow. Nice! I will start using it as soon as possible!

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