For years, I was an internet forum junkie. I think I have about 20,000 posts scattered across a few forums. Forums became less appealing for me when I realized that they have evolved as entertainment, but not as a consistently reliable format for professional dialogue.
I may have finally kicked the habit. My opinion on forums is that they now play a distant second fiddle to the more advanced “group” format opportunities to be found in social media, such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+. I have found “invitation only”, private groups to be a more productive use of time than the open public forums. But then, I no longer seek to be entertained on the internet. I am more looking for meaningful exchange of high grade info, with just a dash of humor. Groups are more effective because the members are not anonymous and there is very little lurking or trolling…[Continue Reading]