Who better to ask a question of than a trusted friend? That’s exactly what Facebook was thinking when they rolled out their newest feature, Facebook Questions. Now, Facebook users can ask questions and get answers from the entire community with one simple click of the Ask Question button on the Facebook homepage. Or, use the Ask Question button on your friends’ profiles, just as you would post a question to the wall.
The concept for Facebook questions has its roots in Yahoo! Answers, Mahalo, and Quora.
About two months ago, Facebook requested beta testers, promising to transport volunteers to Facebook’s headquarters in return for their participation.
Homepage updates: Change your homepage by adding a new top-of-page bar that lets you update your status, add photos, post links and, of course, ask questions.
Tagging: One of Facebook’s goals for this tool is to expand its abilities and make it more intuitive. To get there, the tool allows tagging to make it easier and faster for users to find questions others are asking.
Explore topics: Browse questions as they are added, using a drop down menu called “Questions About” where you’ll discover “Everything”, i.e., a questions catalog.
Photo questions: Take a picture of a tree. Post it on Facebook. Find out what type of tree it is. The possibilities are endless.
Follow: Found a question thread you like, or want to track answers to your own questions? Use the follow feature to track specific questions and answers.
Polls: Looking for a particular answer, such as “Which movie is better?” or “Which burger would you rather eat?” Simply create a poll.
This list of features might make you compare Facebook questions to Twitter…but don’t be mislead. With 500 million users, Facebook’s goal is to create a meaningful, insightful platform to benefits its users, and the many brands that are flocking to Facebook to connect with the buying public.