Last year I inherited a minivan from my brother. I’m barely 5 feet tall, and I felt like I was driving a cruise ship. A few passenger side dings and scrapes later, I started researching how to buy a new car. I narrowed down my choices to a Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Subaru Outback. I spoke with friends who owned those cars, did numerous test drives, and checked out car maker websites and a few blogs.
Last month in Chicago at the Facebook Community Summit, Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s new mission to empower communities and grow FB Groups to one billion users. Currently Facebook has 100 million people (5% of all users) in meaningful groups. To grow Groups by 10x, the company will emphasize community-based features in its product roadmap.
Facebook unveiled five new admin tools at their Community Summit. These tools allow group moderators to: schedule posts; block and add members more easily; analyze group metrics; and link groups to help you find more FB groups to join.
All this begs the question: Does Facebook have plans to make online forums obsolete?
With over 200 million posts indexed, we get the opportunity to talk with forum owners from around the world. Nearly every forum owner knows site search is important, but most aren't sure how well their current forum search engine is doing or how to improve it.
Imagine if you searched for a topic on the Internet, and nothing came back? Or even worse, pages of results came back, but none of them were relevant? This sounds impossible with today’s modern search engines, yet it happens multiple times a day to 100s of millions of users of online forums.