Why Is It Called Quora? [Here’s Everything We Know]

Why Is It Called Quora

In today’s world, finding a specific answer which includes facts, theory, and logic is not always possible. Nonetheless, technology is always great at bridging the gap, and in this case, you have Quora. It’s an online platform where users answer based on their knowledge and experience. Since you’re a curious mind you would like to know why is it called Quora.

What is Quora?

The word Quora is a plural form of the Latin word quorum which means the number of people required to reach an acceptable conclusion. However, in this case of the online platform, it’s a community of Quora users who share the same platform and their knowledge and experiences across the world.

Why Is Quora Called Quora?

Former Facebook employees Adam D’Angelo and Charlie Cheever founded it in 2009 based in Mountain View, California, United States.

The founders were trying to connect dots among people without making it a hasty process. They were determined to create a platform where curiosity isn’t just developed but answered accordingly. That’s when it came into the limelight in June 2010.

The journey of Quora started with Quora as its original name. The founder Cheever said,

“We spent a few hours brainstorming and writing down all the ideas that we could think of. After consulting with friends and eliminating many names we didn’t love, we narrowed it down to 5 or 6 finalists and eventually settled on Quora”.

For why is it called Quora, there isn’t a specific answer but Quora sounds like a mnemonic for “questions + answers “or “Qu(question) +or+ a(answer)”.

How does Quora Work?

To understand in simple words, it’s a question-answer website where users ask questions and get answered by users of this platform. Any user such as an ordinary person, an expert, a CEO, or a celebrity, can ask questions or can answer the questions asked by other users. They can also edit, comment, tag, attach an image, video, or link in their question or answer.

When a question is shared by any user then in response to that other users give an answer. Those answers can be upvoted or downvoted by readers and they can add comments in the thread too.

The most fascinating feature of this platform is that you will get answers from diverse users that can be facts-based or logical. Whereas on the Google search, you get the results based on the keywords. Thereby multiple answers (not accurate though) are shown.

How is it different from Google?

  • Google is a search engine and Quora is a question-answer platform. If closely seen, both the platforms are quite different.
  • On the Google search engine, you put a query (keyword or a short question) and get millions of results in a few seconds. On the other hand, on Quora, you can either ask a question directly or search through the search bar. Here, you get a specific answer that involves both logic and experience from a human itself.
  • Even Google provides a reference to Quora’s answers but not vice-versa.
  • Google shows results while Quora provides responses in the form of knowledge or discussions.

More About Quora

Quora started its journey in 2009, now it has approximately 300 million users visiting its website each month. At first, it was valued at $86 million and now it values over $2 billion. The company made the platform public in 2010 after which it received a great response from users.

It became a platform through which people gained insights and saw their knowledge increase. It didn’t show ads till 2018 thinking it might be affected. But, in the same year, a data breach happened to almost over 100 million users.

In 2019, this platform came up with different versions including Arabic, Gujarati, Hebrew, Kannada, Malayalam, and Telugu.


Unlike Twitter, you can post lengthy answers and can even edit them. Quora has developed a variety of content and community all over the world. This platform has the capacity to bring diverse thoughts on a single platform.

As far we have explained in the article why is it called Quora, we hope it helped you to understand the platform better. If you like our series of how brands got their names, please tell us in the comment section.

By Vishal Negal

Meet Vishal Negal, a digital marketer and tech enthusiast with over 8 years of experience. Specializing in creating comprehensive how-to guides, in-depth reviews, and engaging tech-related content.

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