The big Quora question: What’s it good for?

The question-and-answer site is getting a lot of buzz, but is it really useful? Commentators weigh in on what it is, and what it could be.

For an online tool meant to answer questions, Quora sure has raised a bundle of them.

Among those questions: What is it? How is it different from other question-and-answer sites, such as Yahoo Answers,Formspring? If anybody can edit it, doesn’t that make it similar to Wikipedia? And, most important, what can I get out of using yet another social media tool?

Blog reactions have been mixed. Some are unsure of its utility, some trumpet it as “the future of blogging,” and at least one blogger has already dubbed it a “fail” waiting to happen.

Still, a growing group of social media experts and communicators say Quora is and will be as useful as Twitter.

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