Quora Concerning Suicide

“If I’m not happy with life, should I commit suicide?”

That simple question was raised on the question and answer service Quora.

I’ve been working on a post on this latest shiny new object, Quora – specifically how it might be a promising way to improve the quality of online healthcare content.

But when I saw this question pop into my Quora stream, I did a double-take.

Here’s a screenshot (click image to save your eyes):

(Note: Garry Stein isn’t asking the question – he’s answering it.)

I won’t comment too much because I want to explore Quora in more detail in another post.

Suffice to say: I think Quora may be more than just another shiny new object.

So here are a few thoughts about Quora’s potential in Healthcare:

Quora – or the premise of Quora –may just turn out to fill an important void: namely, the need for merging the streaming benefits of Twitteresque chatter with deeper vetted knowledge and organization – among many other things.

I don’t know how Quora does it, but the questions there often get ranked in Google insanely well (based on a small sample size). That could be a big deal for Healthcare.

Also: Quora could make it easier for physicians and nurses and other healthcare scientists to become content-producers.

Quora is easier than full-blown blogging – and it’s quite engaging. I’m seeing some doctors already asking and answering questions there (Laszlo Tamas, MD & Marc Pimentel, to name a couple).  For physicians and nurses who can’t squeeze much social media into their lives, Quora may be a worthy option.

Furthermore, I can see Quora’s potential for a kind of more lively networking which LinkedIn doesn’t provide. Facebook Answers may turn out to be the Q&A place in a few years, but who knows. (You can see Mark Zuckerberg’s questions here – they’re not dumb questions either given his business.)

Quora is definitely not Yahoo! Answers.

Anyhoo – I’ll ship a post on Quora soon. (Click the Rengade’s Club link below and I’ll dart it over to you.)

Meanwhile, I encourage you to click over to the question and read through the answers, even if you have no interest in Quora.

My Quora is over here. Leave yours in the comments.

How would you answer that quora concerning suicide?

@PhilBaumann@HealthIsSoccialThe Renegade’s Club


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