On July 28, the official Facebook blog announced that the social media portal is working on Facebook Questions – a new type of service that will provide members of the community with specific information that they are looking for.
As the name suggests, Facebook Questions will enable users to ask the questions that interest them. The entire Facebook community will have the chance to provide answers. The concept is similar to Yahoo! Answers. Facebook will soon be adding a profile button “Ask Question,” which will provide members with yet another option in their search for information on any topic.
Apart from simply typing a question, Facebook members will have the option to add an image to their inquiry. This feature will be useful if someone wants to ask a question about a specific object or place. Adding a poll to the question will be another feature.
People who have interest in a specific topic will be able to subscribe for certain questions. The subscription will enable them to follow the manner in which others provide answers. Further, questions will be tagged, allowing others to quickly browse through specific topics.
Tags will also make the provision of information easier. If someone has tagged a question with biology, people who have knowledge in the field will be able to find the question effortlessly and to answer. Questions will also be automatically presented to people, who have marked their interest in a specific topic.
The official Facebook blog statement reads: “Millions of people ask their friends questions on Facebook every day. What new music should I listen to? Where’s the best sushi place in town? How do I learn to play the piano? Today [July 28] we’re introducing Facebook Questions, a beta product that lets you pose questions like these to the Facebook community. With this new application, you can get a broader set of answers and learn valuable information from people knowledgeable on a range of topics.”
Currently, Facebook Questions is solely available to beta testers. The new service will utilize the knowledge of Facebook’s millions of users, living worldwide. The service will be especially useful if someone wants to get geographically-specific information. Getting travel and vacation tips will be much simpler, the official blog statement claims.
All questions and answers published will be visible to the entire Facebook community. Asking friends a question can be done using status updates and wall posts.