Understanding the difference between Forums, Blogs, and Social Networks

It’s easy to get the tools mixed up, but it’s important to know the differences. Quite often (usually by executives) I’m asked the difference between Forums, Blogs, and Social Networks, here’s usually how I explain it (focusing first on usage and benefits rather than technical details):

Forums are like social mixers, where everyone is at equal level, milling about and discussing with others. These many to many communication tools allow anyone to start a topic and anyone to respond to one. Members are often at equal level, and content is usually segmented by topic. (rather than by people).

Blogs are like a keynote speech where the speaker (blogger) is in control of the discussion, but allows questions and comments from the audience.
Blogs are journals often authored by one individual, and sometimes teams. In the context of business communication, these are often used to talk with the marketplace and to join the conversation that existing external bloggers may be having.

Social Networks are like topic tables at a conference luncheon. Ever been to a conference where different lunch tables had big white signs inviting people to sit and join others of like interest? It’s like that. Social networks allow members to organize around a person’s relationships or interests, rather that just focused on topic. People that know each other (or want to meet each other) will connect by a variety of common interests. These are great tools to get people of like interest to connect to each other and share information.

It’s important to know the many different tools in your tool chest as every type of accessory fulfills a different need. Before you jump to tools, you should first understand who your community is, where they are, how they use social technologies, and most importantly, what they’re talking about. To learn more about the many forms of web marketing, see this updated list (now in Italian, Indonesian and French).

  • ortiz

    Please I beg you to publish and share this message with me.
    Thank you for understand me
    Hello
    Testimony of loan Amazing , thanks Ms. meri sauvou a wonderful woman, I have known a funding group credit agricole, which helps people in their making loans and that my be granted a loan of € 100,000 to invest in my business of agricultural production that I have to repay in 10 years with a very low interest rate of their share is 3% on my duration of loan and there the next morning, I received the money without protocol. Need personal credit, your bank refuses to grant you loan, you are CDI and other please contact them and you tighten satisfied but attention to you who do not like repay loans. Here is their mail : groupefinancecreditagricole@outlook.fr

  • louis

    Hello dear friend
    I need a small loan for christmas in order to finance the purchase of christmas gifts as well as my expenses for the year-end holiday season. So I view the publication of Ms. Meri Sauvou and I was to contact them and I received a loan of 15.500 euros that I was not expecting and I just ended and I still have obté for another request of 100.000 € for the purchase of our home
    Then dear friend, you who are in the need to contact Ms. Meri Sauvou to get the best offer of loan between particular .

    Here is his email address : merisauvou@hotmail.com

    enjoy because this is a woman honest .

    Cordially

  • Anni Sherry

    Hello everyone,

    What are your Financial needs?
    We give out loans from a minimum of $1,000.00 to a maximum of $10,000,000.00 with comfortable duration that ranges from 1 to 30 years at a very reduced interest rate of 3%.

    Do you need a business loan?
    Do you need a personal loan?
    Do you want to buy a car?
    Do you want to refinance?
    Do you need a mortgage loan?

    Do you need a huge capital to start off your business proposal or expansion? Have you lost hope and you think there is no way out, and your financial burdens still persists?
    Please do not hesitate to contact us for possible business co-operation

    Contact us via email: ramzan_help@hotmail.com

    Mr. Ramzan

  • Mastinu Store

    Nice article!

  • Jessica Roberts

    HOW I GOT MY LOAN Greetings to everyone reading this comment!!! I am Mr. james by name. I am out here to recommend the effort

    of martins rugar, I was in need of a loan to pay my bills and business and a consolidation loan amount of $100,000USD and as

    soon as I got in contact with Mr.martins rugar Loan Firm on Wednesday last week and on Friday last week as well I receive an

    alert from my bank(Royal Bank of Scotland Group) that the fund was transferred to my bank Account,I want everybody on this

    site to contact Mr.martins rugar now via email on how to get a loan because I got my loan from them and I am very happy,so

    contact them now. Email: (martinsrugar12@gmail.com) Thanks!!!!!!

  • mandyspak

    whats app +1 863 240 5118 for a new passport,id card,ssn,work permit,driver license,and much more!
    paperworks092@gmail.com
    paperworks092@outlook.com

  • Taxe office

    Hello everyone!!! have you been looking for opportunity to get a loan? are you looking for business loan, student loan? do you need loan to buy a car or Truck? or you need a loan to pay up your debt? relax here comes the solution , BIRUTE LOAN FIRM are giving out urgent loan at a low Instrest rate, quickly contact us today with our email: biruteloanfirm12@gmail.com

  • rebecca williams

    We are an organization set up to help people in need of
    assistance, such as financial aid. So, if you are going through financial
    problem, if you have a financial mess and you need funds to
    starting your own business or you need a loan to pay off debt or pay
    bills, start a nice business or you find it difficult
    obtain capital loan from local banks, contact us today via e – mail
    rebeccawilliamsloanfirm@gmail.com

    “So, do not let this opportunity pass you by,
    You are advised to complete and return the details below ..

    Your Name: ______________________
    Your Address: ____________________
    Your Country: ____________________
    Your task: __________________
    The amount of loan needed: ______________
    Term of the loan: ____________________
    Monthly Income: __________________
    Mobile Number: ________________
    Did you apply for a loan before: ________________
    If you have filed a previous loan, where you are treated honestly? …

    Act fast and get out of financial stress, mess, and challenges
    contact REBECCA WILLIAMS LOAN FIRM today via e – mail:
    rebeccawilliamsloanfirm@gmail.com

  • Corlin Byrne

    Attention Everybody, I am Colin Byrne by names, from United States. I want use this medium to say a special thanks to this awesome company who made it possible for me to improve my business. I was stuck in a financial crisis and i needed to refinance my business, i tried seeking loans from various loan firms both private and corporate but never with success and most banks declined my credit, until i met this company Williams Investments Limited Services who helped me out with a loan sum of ($570,000) without any stress i truly want to thank Mr Williams who made it possible and helped me through and ensure i got my loan. So i want use this means to advise everyone out there searching for a loan that if you must contact any firm with reference securing a loan with low interest rate and better repayment schedule to contact Mr Williams at (williamsinvestmentslimited@yahoo.com) for a fast, safe and easy loan today…