One of the most popular shiny new social media apps over the last year for social media “experts” was Quora, a question-and-answer site where said experts could answer questions and demonstrate their knowledge in their narrow niche. Unfortunately, Quora was very inclusive and failed to provide a good way for these “experts” to show the rest of the world just how smart they were. A new startup called Replyz seems to have resolved that problem by sourcing questions about topics from Twitter users, then allowing anyone to use Replyz’ Web-based platform to answer questions as tweets. You can answer questions anonymously — using the Replyz anonymous Twitter handle, or reply as yourself and demonstrate your true expertise if you connect via Twitter to sign in.
Replyz is an up-and-coming startup out of Washington D.C. and the idea is good in theory. Replyz surfaces questions that need answers and allow anyone on Twitter to answer questions via Twitter, and these answers can be seen by not only their own personal following but anyone else needing advice about that topic, too. Unfortunately, Replyz truncates answers in the reply tweet with a link that brings the thread back to Replyz, ultimately removing the conversation from Twitter and making the answer seem less than genuine.
While this aspect about Replyz makes sending replies to questions using the platform less than ideal, Replyz is a great source for any expert to source questions that need answers and sending targeted and helpful answers back using native Twitter. While Replyz can’t track your conversations by this method, I’d rather have the ability to have more of an organic approach when offering “expert” advice to other Twitter users without a redirect back to Replyz.
Have you tried out Replyz to offer your own expert answers and advice to other Twitter users? Or is it just like all the other question and answer apps out there? Let us know what you think about Replyz in the comments.