Facebook has launch of a new service called Facebook Questions, which looks to take advantage of the site's 500 million users.
The move takes Facebook firmly into the search arena, taking on services such as Yahoo Questions and Ask.com, while the crowd sourcing concept is also core part of the appeal of Twitter.
The product will enable Facebook users to pose questions in order to draw upon the wisdom of the masses.
“Facebook Questions helps you tap into the collective knowledge of the more than 500 million people on Facebook,” Facebook’s director of product Blake Ross said in a blog post.
For example, if you're vacationing in Costa Rica and want to know the best places to surf, you can use Facebook Questions to get answers from nearby surfing enthusiasts. Because questions will also appear to your friends and their friends, you'll receive answers that are more personalized to you.”
As ever with Facebook, privacy will be an issue, and we suspect that many will fail to take heed of the following advice from Ross.
“Keep in mind that all questions and answers posted using the Questions application are public and visible to everyone on the Internet. If you only want to ask a question to your friends or a specific group of people, you can still pose it as a status update on your profile targeted to those people.”
The service is currently a beta and will only be available to a limited number of people. When it’s rolled out fully, all users will see an Ask Question tab appear at the top of their own homepage.
Link: Facebook Questions Blog.