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Mobile Platform Not As Important As Standard Browser

After our tiny small poll regarding the mobile platform, it seems forums and mobiles are still not deeply linked now. Most community managers care and think their forums should be connected and usable with mobiles, but do not consider it as the main platform to target.

Historically, we can actually notice that forum software were always a case apart in Internet evolution: they were the first masterpiece of what we call now the participatory and collaborative Internet (aka Web 2.Innocent, long time before any guest was able to comment a news, an article on any website. You can think for example about the huge count of news site that propose their members to discuss about an article right into a connected (and automatically created) topic in their site forum.

However, at the opposite, it took long before social networks were deeply integrated into our forum topics and threads... And actually, when we are talking about integration, it's more a classical Addthis toolbar you will see giving a simple way for users to share a given topics. The next revolution of a single and merged identity on Internet is probably the next big step our forum software will have to pass (several of them already did it: IP.Board, Xenforo,...), so maybe the mobile revolution will raise after this one.

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How Is The Mobile Platform On Your Forum?

Most of my community members post using a smartphone.
14% (1 vote)
I ensure most mobile phones are supported using plugins.
14% (1 vote)
As far as I remember, web pages looked compatible.
43% (3 votes)
This platform is not relevant for my community.
14% (1 vote)
Forums will never need to be compatible mobile phones.
14% (1 vote)
Total votes: 7
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Phorum 5.2.16 Review

Phorum review has been updated and refreshed to take into account changes between Phorum version 5.2.10 and 5.2.16. Two years passed since the last update was made, so it's unnecessary to say it was really needed...

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SMF 2 Review Updated

Three months after one of the most expected release in the forum software world for 2011, we are happy to announce a refresh of our Simple Machines review, to update information according to the new version 2.0, that was released fall of June 2011. Without no debate and questions, SMF keeps the perfect score of 10/10, putting it in the list of best - and free - existing forum software.

Note we also reinstalled the SMF demo as well, if you want to test the application directly.

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20 Years Ago, First Website Was Launched

Last Saturday, the 6th of August 2011, 20 years exactly have passed since the first website ever was launched. Many people, including the CERN, in Switzerland, where Internet was born, consider March 1989 the moment when the concept of Internet was introduced. However, it took a bit more than two years to implement everything and launch the first Web site of Internet: http://info.cern.ch.

The funny link with forums is that the Web protocol, that, at the beginning was simply HTTP + an embryo of HTML for formatting the content and define the concept of hyperlinks, is a quite young protocol, since it was invented in 1991, while the Usenet protocol, that we consider as the ancestor of Web Forums we know, was actually older, as it was created 12 years before the other.

It helps us reminding that, even if Internet is now more or less equals to Web for most people, Usenet protocol and communicating using forums on top of Usenet were one of the first brick of what Internet was at the beginning.

Just as a reminder, here are the official dates of creation of Internet protocols:

  • 1969: Internet
  • 1971: FTP
  • 1971/1972: Email (POP)
  • 1979: Newsgroups
  • 1979: Usenet
  • 1988: IRC
  • 1991: Web

Surprisingly, even IRC is older than the Web protocol!

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