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New Technology of Library and Information Service  2009, Vol. 25 Issue (12): 57-63    DOI: 10.11925/infotech.1003-3513.2009.12.11
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The Usage Pattern of Social Q&A Site——Take Chinese Yahoo Answers as an Example
Wu Kewen   Zhao Yuxiang   Zhu Qinghua
(Department of Information Management, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093,China)
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This paper introduces the development of newly-emerging social Q&A sites and their related studies. By analyzing the elements and operation process of Chinese Yahoo Answers, the usage patterns of social Q&A site are presented. The result shows that there are significant differences in users’ interests, usage motivation, knowledge structure and question formulation, while the overall answer quality is not satisfied. This paper lays the foundation for a deeper understanding of usage behavior.

Key wordsSocial Q&A sites      Usage pattern      Long tail theory     
Received: 25 November 2009      Published: 25 December 2009


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Wu Kewen,Zhao Yuxiang,Zhu Qinghua. The Usage Pattern of Social Q&A Site——Take Chinese Yahoo Answers as an Example. New Technology of Library and Information Service, 2009, 25(12): 57-63.

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