With the wildfire proliferation of social media icons Facebook, Twitter and the ever present blog, the popularity of “old school” text based discussion groups or, message boards as we have known them, appeared to be fading.
On the contrary: In fact, the editors of Forum-Software.org, a popular product review website, began hosting the “Community Choice” Forum Awards in 2006 and have watched a steady increase in submissions and voter participation every year since.
With the results tallied from their most recent year-end contest polling, it’s apparent “message boards” are alive and well. Moreover, due to sharp increases in forum activity and the potential to monetize high traffic discussion groups, forum hosting start-ups have become more prevalent across the web in recent years.
Consequently, award competition was stiff this year for the top slots in…