Facebook Questions has just launched but what is it and what good will it be for you?
My first thought was that it would be like Questions on LinkedIn or maybe similar to Quora, but wisely Facebook aren’t just copy pasting other people’s ideas … well at least not those ones!
Instead the new questions function is a mix where you can ask a question and let people fill in an answer or use it to create a survey the way you might on Survey Monkey or a Poll on LinkedIn. Using it this way lets you ask any question and get quick answers from your friends and other people on Facebook.
It’s flexibility and the ability for it to be shared are obviously points in it’s favour, in fact asking a question gets it shared in the News Feed, and of course if your friends answer that question, it will be shared with their friends and so on. But it doesn’t stop there; you can also suggest the question to friends directly. Just underneath the question is the link ‘ask friends’ when you click on this you will be able to tick all the people you want to ask and they will receive a notification, so it won’t matter if the question has slipped out of their news feed by the time they come online as they’ll know you are specifically interested in their opinion anyway. (How special they’ll feel!)
You should have access to Questions shortly but if you want to add it now it’s easy, just go to Facebook Questions page –
http://www.facebook.com/questions and click the green button that says ‘get questions’. If you want to add it to your Facebook page make sure that you are logged all the way into your Facebook page first then do follow the steps just mentioned.
To ask a question simply click on the question icon at the top of your page (where your status icon is etc …NOT the one in the sidebar!) Type into the box as if you are typing a status update and either publish it as is by clicking ‘Ask Question’ or click on ‘add poll options’ in the gray area beneath the box if you want it to be more survey like, and type the options you want people to choose from in separate boxes before publishing the question.
Right now I’m not sure if it will compete with the Poll function on LinkedIn, which breaks down the answers into demographic groups for you (as does Survey Monkey), but if you have a large amount of ‘likers’ on your facebook page this may be worth giving a whirl – and please answer my question if you have a moment!