| By Woody Leonhard |
To thrive and grow, small organizations — clubs, charities, or any group with a common interest — need easy-to-use, easy-to-access ways to communicate and share information.
For group discussions, e-mail is popular but often clumsy and chaotic; simple online bulletin boards, on the other hand, provide structure to discussions and are surprisingly easy to set up.
Why you need a bulletin board and not Facebook
When smallish organizations rely on e-mail to keep members up-to-date on the latest news and activities, problems immediately arise when one simple message generates many responses. As members respond to the replies, the discussion quickly turns into a disorganized mess that’s impossible to follow.
When a really contentious issue arises, the discussion can consume hours of everyone’s time, and nothing useful comes of it except angry members. I don’t know about you, but I have a busy life, and the last thing I want to do is waste it sorting through conflicting threads in ricocheting e-mails.
Face-to-face meetings are not the solution. Expensive as well as a massive time sink in the best of circumstances, group meetings are impractical in an Internet world without geographic boundaries.
Many groups are turning to social networks such as Facebook to communicate. But even there, important topics are difficult to organize, and many folks are just plain afraid of Facebook and its like.