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Facebook launches Q&A feature.

The social-networking giant is asking members to sign up as "experts" for a real-time response feature called Facebook Questions, which it rolled out in beta format Thursday.

A page on the site is asking prospective experts to ask three questions, answer them themselves and submit them.

"Your expert writing will be seen by tens of millions of people -- including job recruiters," Facebook wrote. "And we'll bring our best beta testers out to California to tour Facebook headquarters and meet the team."

Some of the sample questions Facebook proposed:
  • How can I get over my fear of flying?
  • What are women looking for in a relationship?
  • How did the Beatles find success?
The crowd-sourcing move will once again put Facebook head-to-head with some other titans of the Internet. A user-based, question-and-answer service would trod turf similar to well-established Yahoo Answers and Aardvark, which Google purchased in February.

The post urges prospective users to write detailed, articulate answers, not to plagiarize and "[w]here relevant, cite and link to third-party sources such as Wikipedia."

People whose submissions are approved will be contacted by Facebook, the entry said.

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