This week, we're discussing cost effective methods of managing your own "digital profile" (or online reputation). So far, we have discussed using Google Alerts for monitoring blogs and websites, and SocialOomph for monitoring Twitter. Now, let's talk about monitoring discussion forums.
BoardReader.com is a search engine for online discussion boards and forums. The results will often display good links that are not in the first several pages of a Google or Bing search. There is also an advanced search option.
Omgili.com is a, "...forum search engine lets you find communities, message boards, discussion threads about any topic. Omgili's advanced search features make it the best search engine for forums out there." There is also an automatic feed service, with free and paid options.
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is a trainer and tech writer in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking. Her weakness is the mocha frappuccino.