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Advantages of blogs over forums and vica versa.

 11:17 am on Mar 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi all ..

I was wonderign what advantages a blog would hold over for instance a forum.
It seems that blogs are relatively simple, while forums have their information categorised. I also read that alot of people think that blogs are competitors for forums. But how can this be when Blogs have far less information categorisation than forums?

Can anyone share their thoughts on this?




 11:56 am on Mar 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

Oups! I forgot "Welcome to Webmasterworld Gdev".
Blogs were initially created for news website.

The main difference/advantage with blog: it used XHTML and enable owner of the website to create RSS FEED (so that any user interested by the website can get the last news item directly from its RSS feeder - e.g. Yahoo personal page, Gmail, etc.).

A "blog" without RSS Feed or done in HTML is just a "fake blog" - and I am sure they are many fake blog or blog-like pages on the web!

Nowadays, blogs are everywhere and anyone can create its own blog... Sure, they are taking over forums but most of them are useless and uninteresting (e.g. what you eat at breakfast, your favorite band, etc...). Personnaly, I prefer forum since you can discuss with other members - blogs are too egocentric to my taste and the all concept of comments is bad and total nonsense!

To sumup:
Blogs for authority and news websites - YES!
Blogs for Mr. X - NO!


 12:47 pm on Mar 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

A forum with an RSS feed makes a nice amalgam of the two.



 6:09 pm on Mar 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

Welcome to WebmasterWorld, gdev.

If you expect to be the primary contributor, then a blog is a good idea. That puts the focus on your writings, and allows others to comment.

If you want to build a self-sustaining community where everyone has an equal voice, then a forum is the way to go.


 12:55 am on Mar 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

Whilst I do like forums, they can be a poor way of organising and presenting information. Barely useable interfaces, rubbish archiving and categorisation, endless threads, many places to post, split threads, poor moderation are all hurdles a user faces.

Mass user group blogs, for example Metafilter, can be a better format for some types of subject.

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