I look forward to asking questions such as “Is Eric Schmidt kidding when he asserts Facebook is not a Google competitor?”
“Facebook Questions helps you tap into the collective knowledge of the more than 500 million people on Facebook,” Blake Ross, a director of product management at Facebook, wrote in a company blog post.
The questions, and the answers, will be visible to anyone on the Internet, making Facebook Questions look a lot like Twitter. But it will be easier to use because questions and answers will be grouped together. Companies that have Facebook accounts could ask questions, too, using the site as a free focus group. The fact that the feature is completely open is yet another step away from Facebook’s origins as a private social network.