Is this the new micro blogging platform, a content currator system or the new Quora couch conversational ecosytem?
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Quora, in my opinion is quite different from what we have here. It's more formal, with a significant number of admins and moderators working round the clock to ensure the posts are to the point, properly classified in the appropriate topic, correcting necessary(or unnecessary) spelling mistakes etc. And the upvote/downvote system ensures quality too.
Branch instead, promotes casual conversation. There's no competing for top answers, more upvotes.
Which one would you prefer though?
As a side point, Branch seriously needs a Search feature asap! And Android/iOS apps in due time as well.
Quora is knowledge driven. Branch is conversation driven. How are the two exactly different, I'm not sure; but the way people interact on the two platforms is designed to be very different.
Moreover, Branch, for now, doesn't support anything beyond Groups when it comes to engaging users with each other, unlike Quora. It'll be interesting to see what other features are rolled out and how the users react to them and start using the platform as. The users will eventually define what Branch is about. As of now, Branch is a fine joint to have coffee table conversations with people, which is exactly what Branch is designed to be.
Branch is a conductor to extending a twitter thought! A conversational opener / starter. Personally, I believe Branch was born out of the need to NOT offer up a longer form of communication within twitter. So, blue ocean strategy was to launch a MVP start-up, w'close ties to Twitter and its roadmap, and test the market around how they could use a longer conversational platform? thoughts?
I don't use Twitter a lot, but yes, I do feel that integration with Twitter is about discussing an idea emerging from a tweet, which is not possible within 140 characters. And the strong integration with Twitter does suggest that one job Branch is designed to do is provide a platform for conversations with their inception as a tweet, but that's certainly not the whole of it.
Thanks for your feedback! Team Branch