I’m going to make a few interesting observations on Social Networking Forums and Web 2.0 here.
While I don’t purport to be an expert, I have seen a change in direction from when I first started blogging.
Recently I’ve received several e-mails from some of the forums I belong to asking me to stop back & show my face. Since I’ve been online, I’ve joined countless WAHM and Business forums. While I still belong to all of the original ones I’ve joined, (outside of the ones I’ve gotten kicked out of, including Facebook ~ read about it here too) I only actually keep up with just a few.
Here’s where I’m going with this.
The newer forums I’ve joined, such as Mom Bloggers Club, Posh Momma, Hip Mama’s Place, MomDot, Moms United in Business, Cafe Mom and others, have all the bells & whistles where you can add your own “About Me” pages; put up your banner logos; website information; links to your blogs; article bases, Wow! You can comment on other peoples pages ~ join groups, start discussions and more! There is just sooo much social interaction, it’s mind boggling! There’s Twitter Groups; Entrecard groups; Digg Groups; Regional Groups; and on and on.
Some of the original forums ~ the ones that are sending emails saying “Please come back ~ visit us again ~ we’ve added new Contests to get you to come back ~ they just.don’t.get.it.
The format is older ~ just a list of topics, and you get to add a verrrrry limited siggy. That’s it. It’s so hard to keep in contact. One particular forum, the bloggers mentioned they don’t use Entrecard (now, if you have a Blog, Entrecard is really a “Must-Have” for traffic.) See my previous post HERE.
Also, hardly anyone knows about, much less uses Twitter. I can’t even begin to tell you how much traffic I’m now receiving since I started “Twittering.” For those of you who don’t Twitter ~ it’s considered a form of micro-blogging, and there is definiately an audience for it that you need to capture.
Now what’s ironic about my observations, is all this is coming from me, a Baby Boomer Gram. I’ve made light of the fact in the past how as a Boomer I’m struggling (well, not really, I’m a Geek at heart) to keep up with technology, and always have to stay one step ahead of the curve & my kiddos. (Read THIS POST.) Now I’m not fresh out of High School, College or anywhere even close.
The difference between the new Web 2.0 forums and older forums is like night and day; analog and digital; VHS & DVD; Tape Decks and CDs.
Forum Administrators have to keep ahead of technology if you’re going to retain your membership. Members are going to flock to where there are bells, whistles & graphics nowadays.
We are all spread so thin today and only have a limited amount of time to spend online, and obviously want to maximize that time to our fullest potential.
Why does it take Gram here to point this out? What do you think?
Do you find yourself drawn to the newer forums? Are you still frequenting the older ones? Hmmm?