Blogs vs forums
Posted by Adriana Cronin-Lukas
Sunday, September 5, 2004 @ 08:14 PM
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A very good overview of the difference between an interactive medium (blog) and 'interactive medium' (forum).
Commoncraft does some useful analysing focusing on Locus of Control, Authoring of New Topics, Intent, Responses, Tools, Chronology, Personal Connections, Pollution Control, Content Buckets and the future:
I believe that weblogs and message boards *are* different -- different enough to happily exist together in the same online community web site. My conclusion is that online communities will use the two resources to fill two different roles. Their ability to fill independent niches will make the subtle differences between them make more sense.
Absolutely. As I have argued before a forum is like a collective drawing:
...each participant draws his own line(s) sometimes without regard for the others' efforts. Who draws most lines wins. The result is a criss-cross of lines, overlapping shapes, in short, a mess that takes too much time to unravel to get any lasting value.
There is also a very handy table to go with the comparison.
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