Facebook is starting to roll out a new Q&A feature to challenge a slew of sites. Itâ€™s also interesting to note that this app competes with Mahalo, owned by prominent Facebook-quitter Jason Calacanis, and with Quora, which was founded last year by former Facebook employees. If youâ€™d like to beta-test the app, youâ€™ll have to submit and answer three questions of your own first. These introductory questions will also give the feature a good running start in terms of content.
On the appâ€™s page, Facebook announces, â€œWe think it will be as exciting as Facebook Photos and Facebook Events, but we need your help to make it greatâ€¦ Youâ€™ll be the first person outside of Facebook to use this product.â€ Beta testers are requested to â€œask great questions and provide great answers about your favorite topics.â€ Facebook is trying to ensure knowledgeable, thorough answers by requiring participants to cite references when applicable and banning plagiarism.
Beta testers will be brought to California to tour Facebookâ€™s Palo Alto headquarters and meet the team that built Q&A for the network. And these days, no Facebook app introduction would be complete without a caveat about privacy. â€œYour expert writing will be seen by tens of millions of people,â€ reads the page, â€œincluding job recruiters.â€