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quora-logo-150x150Obama Gives Quora a Presidential Push (ReadWrite)
If his Reddit AMA was any indicator, Quora’s first verified public figure should certainly improve the credibility of the quietly growing topic-driven Q&A platform. President Barack Obama joined Quora Monday morning to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. USA Today Obama also becomes the first Quora member to get a “verified profile,” confirming to other members of the Quora community that the answers came from the White House and not from someone pretending to be the president. Other public figures on Quora, and for that matter, other members of the Q&A social network who are not as well known are also now able to get verified profiles, said Alex Wu, Quora’s head of product marketing and partnerships. Forbes Adding some star power to the platform could help boost Quora’s traffic. According to comScore figures for the U.S., the site has averaged only around 2 million unique visitors across platforms over the past year. The Next Web As Quora’s visibility attracts more public personalities, I’ve been curious whether the company ever imagines what historical figures could have shared on the site. When I asked Wu who he would have liked to see on Quora, he said definitely not Socrates, since the philosopher would have been down-voted for answering questions with a question. CNET Obama has started out answering two existing questions on the topic of healthcare — and will hopefully answer one or two more by the end of the week, said Alex Wu, who heads up product marketing and partnerships for the company. Addressing a question that asked what improvements the White House has made to the enrollment process since Healthcare.gov’s botched rollout, Obama cited the engineering team working to improve response times and the administration adding more call center staffers to help people enroll over the phone.

Facebook Offers More Details on New Pages Layout (AllFacebook)
With the new layout for Facebook pages on desktop in the process of being rolled out, the social network sought to answer the most common questions from page administrators with a post on the Facebook for Business page. The post features the top five questions about the new layout for pages.

Ello Goes Against the Social Networking Grain By Declaring Users ‘Not a Product’ (SocialTimes)
Ello’s creator Paul Budnitz told The Daily Dot that the long-term plan is to get by on user donations. This isn’t as unreasonable as it sounds given the WhatsApp subscription model, which charges users just $1 per year to its 450 million MAUs.

Science Says The More You Post on Instagram, The Fewer Likes You Get (BetaBeat)
A recent study found that Instagram users who post too much or too often see less interaction from their followers, the New York Daily News reports. And that’s regardless of how many hordes of followers they have.

‘The Good Wife’ Star Holds Facebook Live Chat After Shocking Death of Male Star (LostRemote)
If you haven’t watched last night’s “The Good Wife,” don’t read further, because the show gave its fans a not-so-good shocker, killing off leading male character, Will Gardner, played by Josh Charles. Gardner was gunned down in the courtroom, leaving fans reeling. To soothe their anguish, the show’s creators sent a message to the fans, while star Julianna Margulies hosted a Facebook live chat with them.

Pinterest Readies for its Big Ad Business Rollout
(Adweek)
Pinterest is the name on the lips of digital advertising execs, brands and just about everyone else in the marketing industry today, as the popular social networking site prepares to launch its much talked-about ad business. The rollout is planned for the second quarter, according to The Wall Street Journal, which notes that there is “pent-up demand” among brands seeking a comfortable seat on the Pinterest bandwagon.

10 Years in Social Media [Infographic] (AllTwitter)
Facebook celebrated its 10th birthday last month and in those 10 years we’ve seen other social networks (Twitter, LinkedIn) go from strength to strength, while a few (Myspace being the primary example) have fallen by the wayside. Facebook still dominates but has faced pressure from more feature-specific apps, such as Instagram and WhatsApp – both of which it purchased – and it’s anybody’s guess which platforms will be in charge and how we’ll be using them come 2024.

Why Malaysia Airlines Texted (Yes, Texted) Families That There are No Survivors (The Huffington Post)
When Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 decided this morning that it would cease the search for survivors after new flight data proved it crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, the company sent a text message to the families of the passengers. According to ABC News, it read as follows: “Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.”

You Can Now Stream NPR on iTunes (AppNewser)
Starting Monday, all NPR shows and newscasts were available on iTunes as streaming radio. The 24 hour streaming station will be showcasing all of your NPR favorites like Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Zach Brand, NPR’s vice president of digital media, said, ” What you hear today is just the start of what’s to come.”

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