Forums used to be huge back in the day. They where a vital source of knowledge for anyone getting into any field, and particularly areas like SEO and programming. They allowed people to share their knowledge, learn from those with superior skills and help beginners.
Over the last decade however with the rise of blogs, forums have lost a little of their popularity. Many people realized the knowledge they where sharing for free could still be provided via blogs, but monetized at the same time and help in building up their own personal brand.
Bulletin boards are still around however, and always will be which I'm sure of. Web Forum Reader is a application designed to help you monitor and track the forums you frequent on a regular basis.
It fairly similar to a RSS reader so if you use one of those on a regular basis you'll have a pretty good idea how it works.
It's incredibly easy to add forums to the program, a wizard will take you through the different stages to add them in. It’s very customizable and you can choose exactly what components you would like to insert, for example the last person to post, number of replies etc.
It should work on just about any Internet forum, old and new and really is a must have for anyone who spends a lot of time in bulletin boards. It’s also great for saving bandwidth and speeding up your browsing as you are no longer downloading each page as you go.
Update: Web Forum Reader has not been updated for some time, to be precise since November 2010, which suggests that the project has been put on ice by its developers. It is also likely that you will encounter issues with the program when trying to download and view forums, as it may be incompatible with latest forum versions.
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