Quora Founder Departs Days After Platform Fails Paul Ryan
Whether the two are related, only Charlie Cheever knows. But the departure of Quora’s co-founder followed by just days an embarrassing lack of performance by the Q&A site for Republican VP hopeful Paul Ryan.
We wrote earlier in the week about the dismal lack of engagement on Quora by voters reading Ryan’s post, and noted that Ryan himself failed to respond to the smattering of responses.
The official acknowledgement that Cheever, a Harvard grad with ties to Facebook, was stepping down was contained in the post “Charlie Cheever: What is Charlie Cheever’s status at Quora as of September 11th, 2012?” on Quora and Liz Gannes covered the development for All Things D.
U.S. presidential elections are high-profile media events and drive billions of dollars in advertising revenue to print, broadcast and online properties. Social platforms want to ride the wave and candidates want to be seen as innovative, accessible and transparent.
The downside of poor execution during a campaign watched closely by hundreds of millions of people –voters, wonks, journalists and analysts – is that zero engagement for an event on a supposedly social platform might actually get noticed.
That may have been the breaking point for Cheever. Maybe he’ll let us know why – in an IAmA session on Reddit, a Google+ Hangout or a Twitter chat.
Published: September 12, 2012 By: