Welcome back readers! Did you notice our virtual snow stopped falling on the site yesterday? I kinda miss it. : ) Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Holiday Season. I had a great time with family, friends, and loved ones, and hope you did, too. God is good all the time, and all the time He is good. As we enter the new year, we will continue our series, Social Media 101, by taking a look at Internet Forums.
The Internet has been called the world’s largest meeting place. It’s also a global forum where people are generally free to get up on their soapboxes and discuss whatever is on their minds. Whatever the topic or interest there is usually a website out there on which a discussion about it is going on. Sites where these discussions are hosted are called internet forums. They are also sometimes known as message boards, bulletin boards, discussion groups, or web forums. Internet forums are web applications in which user generated content is shared and managed. They differ from a web log, called a blog (such as the one you’re reading now), in that a blog is written by one user (or a team), and usually, only allows others to comment on or respond to the material posted on the blog. An internet forum, on the other hand, usually allows all members to post material and start new topics. Read Wikipedia’s excellent article on internet forums here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_forum
Internet forums usually have guidelines and rules that members are expected to follow. Examples of Internet forums can be found at http://hostboard.com and http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites. Never post hateful, harmful, or ungodly material on internet forums. The Christian Community can certainly avail itself of more creative, and effective use of social media, including internet forums.
Until next time, God Bless. Kenneth Lillard