Should you use an email discussion group or a message board for your community? How do you choose? Is one better than another? Or are they good for different tasks?
Email discussion groups (also known as listservs) and forums are similar in that they allow groups of people with the same interest to share, to ask questions, solve problems, and share experiences with like-minded people. They are more like communities they most of today’s modern social media, which encourage individuals to attract followers instead of building a group. But there are differences between the two mediums and one may be better for one community than another.
Email Discussion Groups
Which medium is right for you? An email discussion group or a message board? To find out, you should ask yourself some questions.
In the end, whether you choose an email discussion group or a message board depends on what you need. Think it over though, because it’s difficult to convert from one to another.
Which kind of community do you like best? Post it in the comments below.
Decided to start a listserv or group mailing list?