Earlier this Summer, Facebook asked for volunteer beta testers for its new question and answer feature. Now, the company has officially released Facebook Questions, a question-and-answer format that "allows you tap into the collective knowledge of the more than 500 million people on Facebook."
Facebook Questions, which is still in beta, allows you to ask any question to the entire Facebook community. It's not available to all users just yet, but as it grows and develops, Facebook promises to bring the feature to everyone as quickly as possible. To ask a question, click on the "Ask a Question" button at the top of the homepage.
Find out more details about the new Facebook Questions after the break.
You can also ask questions about your friends from their profiles, similar to posting on their wall. The question field also supports adding an image or poll, so you can survey your friends about which phone you should buy, which pair of shoes you should buy, where you should go on vacation. . .anything. Additionally, you can tag your questions with keywords to direct your answers to users with interest in the specific topic you're asking about, or browse questions by subject to see if your query may have already been answered. You can also follow certain questions to receive a notification anytime someone posts a new answer.
All questions and answers using the application are public and available to all Internet users, so take care to provide only information you are comfortable sharing. While the results won't be as concise as a Google search, Facebook Questions seems to be a useful tool for crowd-sourcing advice or an opinion from the masses.