It’s always surprising when you visit sites oozing with new technological bells and whistles and wind up seeing a message board that looks like something from 1998! It’s like a virtual speed bump on your digital journey through the Web. Well, thanks to a few innovative upstarts and some crusty old-timers, message boards as we know them are undergoing an extreme social media makeover.
Here are a couple of the best new age message board sites, as well as services to host your own message boards:
Message Board Services
Tangler – was one of the first to tackle the reinvention of message forums. It becomes obvious immediately how different they do things. The whole look and feel is modern and up to date.
Some of the key features for Tangler are Real time discussion, Instant alerts for new messages and the ability to integrate and embed any topic into your blog. There’s also a neat desktop instant notifier for new messages and statuses of friends.
There’s a brief screencast of Tangler in action, as well as some live examples of Tangler Message boards from Particls and Mig33.
Lefora – is also trying to breathe new life into the old forum format. They have many of the same new features that Tangler does but they offer some cool new ones too. For example, you can customize your forum by adding widgets to your forum’s sidebar. There’s a library of pre-made widgets like: hot topics, polls, recently online members, etc.