At Gilbane San Francisco this week, I was asked what the differences between a blog, a discussion board, and a wiki are. The title pretty much gives away where the discussion wentâ€¦ but here was the thought process:
- Although a blog facilitates a conversation through trackbacks, in many instances a blog serves as a soap box for a monolog. Personally, comments do not to seem to be crucial to many of the blog sites I visit.
- A discussion board facilitates dialog between visitors.
- A wiki facilitates creation of a catalog of information gathered across visitors.
For many of the people that came by, this metaphor seemed to help clarify things. It focuses on the mode of communication and can easily be conceptualized.