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Forums - Why Join?

By Gina Marie Capatar

With the intensified boom of forums nowadays, you may find yourself asking "Why are these online communities spreading like wildfire?"

For starters, let us name a few good things one can get from joining in forums.

First and foremost, the reason why forums are so popular is because they are engaging. In a forum, "forumers" are given the maximum real person to people interaction. Unlike Chats or Instant Messaging, a forum can let a person interact with not just one or two persons. In a forum, you can practically let the entire world know about what you think or feel. And what is more beautiful is that there can be anonymity in a forum. Being anonymous has its own advantages and disadvantages but let us not dwell on it. The important thing about it is that in a forum you can choose whether to be anonymous or not.

Another very nice thing about forums is that they provide participants the feeling of community and kinship with other forum members. Even if at times, you may not know each other, it is comforting to know that you share things in common. In most instances participants really develop connection. Not just an internet connection, but a real personal connection. Sometimes conversations just don't end up in the forums. Some online friends may correspond in emails and end up talking on the phone. In other words, by participating in a forum, access to companionship, acquaintances, closeness and new relationships is easy.

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Aside from the social interactions happening in forums, there are also forums that are more into the professional side and/or forums that target a specific community such as forums for the marketing community, for the writing community, for oppressed women, for women in general, and even for specific societies and organizations. The same thing goes for this kind of forums; people interact, share ideas, plans, help and support each other and/or simply talk to each other. The only difference is that they mostly talk about a specific topic. For instance, a forum for women only talks about issues that are unique to women such as PMS, menopause, make-up tips, women's career and the like.

I cannot resist adding this too. For people with something to plug or sell, joining in forums is also a good way to introduce your service or product, either blatantly or by making use of the signature feature in the forums. [Editors note: be sure to check their rules first. Many forums prohibit any kind of advertising or limit it to some degree.]

The usefulness of forums are too many to mention. In a forum, the interaction is limitless. You can ask for advice, give advice, share experiences, help others, gain friends, or just simply connect with other people in the most convenient way possible.

There are so many forums nowadays; marketing forums, women's forums, love forums, writing forums, self help forums, support group forums, etc. It is not surprising that the number of participants also rise with the number of forums. It just goes to show that people need people, for interaction, for fun, for opinion, for relationships, or for anything else - there's always a forum for it.

© Gina Marie Capatar


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