Thursday, August 02, 2007

Return of Fora?

The most interesting presentation at the yesterdays London Wiki Wednesday was a talk by Alan Wood and it was not about a wiki - but something more like an interenet forum (or biulettin board system or ... whatever).

I was always of the opinion that there is much unrealized potential in this old software genre.
It is message based - like email or RSS - so in fact it fits better the conversational nature of most communication then document based wikis. But it is also centralized - and that means you can do many things you cannot with a decentralized system (like version control of attachments, uniform visualisation of the conversations - i.e. less need for quoting, moderation, statistics etc.). All the talk now is about Social Networking Sites - but in fact the networking part is so insignificant in all of them - and most of the interaction that happens there is exactly the same as you had on internet fora and BBSes.

3 comments:

phil jones said...

Hi Zbigniew,

great to finally meet up with you after these years.

Here's my wiki-wednesday piece : http://smartdisorganized.blogspot.com/2007/08/i-see-zbigniew-beat-me-to-blogging.html

phil jones said...

Oh, and definitely agree that there's still lots of unrealized potential in the discussion forum genre.

Al said...

Well I am really glad you enjoyed the talk, after all of the gremlins around equipment etc..

The Bulletin board likeness is natural given the conversational nature of the exchanges. I think one of the reasons this kind of 'Retro' communication is re-emerging comes down to a glut of information, we naturally parse smaller pieces more effectively particularly in times of great supply.

Looking forward to more of these conversations...

regards
Al