Comparing Blogs, Wikis and Forums
Abbreviation of web log. Commentary or news on a particular subject.
Typically combine text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages.
Allows readers to leave comments in an interactive format.
|Collection of web pages designed so anyone can read, add, or edit content.
Collaboration is a key component where a group of people come together to share and build knowledge.
|A web application for holding discussions.
Also known as discussion groups, boards, bulletin boards.
|Content Creator||Single content creator||Multiple Content Creators editing the same information.||Threaded Content. Frequently follows a question/answer format.|
|Moderation||A single user creates posts, others can reply in comments. The comments can be moderatored or unmoderated.||Any registered user can contribute, mistakes should be quickly edited.||Any registered user can create a original post or a reply.|
|Focus||Oriented around the thoughts of a person. The name implies a personal log. Information is sequential, often time oriented.||Oriented around information that multiple people can edit.||Conversation oriented. Question and reply format|
|Modification of Information||Usually information is frozen when the entry is made. New information is made in a new entry||Information can be continually modified.||Usually information is frozen when the entry is made. New information is added as a reply to the original posting.|
|Editing of Content||HTML. Most blog software has Rich Text Editors available.||Simplified markup language. Some wiki software has Rich Text Editors available||Text. Sometimes HTML.|
|Information Categorization||Category Tagging||Index of topics||Index of topics but frequently contributors will not create appropriate topics|
|Ownership of Information||Poster||Community||Community|
|Best suited for||An online diary--pulpit for an individual. Discussions on a topic||Information Sharing||Conversations|
|Example||E-Learning Council allows user blogs.||Wikipedia.org is the most famous.||E-Learning Council has a forum for the exchange of ideas.|