Today I finally had the time to read an old book, published in may 2005:
Building Online Communities with phpBB
I found the following
An online bulletin board in essence is an Internet-enabled version of the bulletin boards found in stores and other public areas. It's basically just a place where people leave messages for others to read. Well, the online bulletin board applications have become much more powerful and sophisticated than that, but the general principle is the same. phpBB is one of the most popular free software that implement the bulletin board idea on the Web today.two quotes with my bolding extremely interesting.Static, brochure-like sites are becoming outdated. Communities rule the Web. This is good news for both site owners and site visitors. Sites are built to be visited and used by people and at the same time, the people are taking part in building the sites they visit. Site owners can get immediate feedback on what their visitors like or dislike, and visitors get new and fresh content on every visit. It's quite common these days that the community would not just influence a site owner's decisions, but even make the decisions through polls or open discussions. So it's not an exaggeration to say that more often than not, the success or the failure of a website is determined by the success or the failure in building an online community around the website. At the end of the day, a site is build to be used by the people and the people have the final say if this site is worth something or not.
I did not know the Norwegian word for bulletin board. Today I looked it up and the Norwegian word is "oppslagstavle". A board where important messages is announced. I have seen such real boards filled with too many messages, so important messages drown i the other messages. For that reason, it is important that a message board, eg. on a shopping center is kept up to date and old and irrelevant (spam) messages rmoved. So can a good real message board bring customers to the center. I am looking for a new job, and I visit the well organised and known message board outside shopping center GoodInfo. Think of it for a while? Has the forum role taken more and more of the bulletin board roal on internet bulletin boards?
So an internet bulletin board is like those found on shopping centers with important annoncements or bulletins. This came as a revelation to me since I have seen at lot of forums developing into what I will call "blogged community chats". Often very annoying with too many posts.
FaceBook is a social network. The same with WebProWorld, but it is also a bulletin board. It is vBulletin driven and my own boards are driven by phpBB (PHP + Bulletin Board). I liked what I found, totay and changed the first rule of my forums.
So what is the difference between a social network, a forum and a bulletin board?
I like the pure Bulletin Board idea.