The Internet forum is the original way to crowd-source information on the web. I have been a user of forums to ?poll? ideas, opinions, and even get questions answered. Tapatalk is a great app to browse different forums from the comfort of your iPhone/iPad.
While most forums have a mobile version, Tapatalk lets you consolidate all of the popular forums into one handy app. Until now, the mobile version of most forums doesn’t really play well on mobile devices. Tapatalk lets you connect your forums thru the app. You can then access all your forums thru the accounts tab and connect to them.
Once you are in, you can interact within the forum as you would on a computer. A quote box appears when you tap on a post and from there you can quote other posts or reply to them. Tapping on your own posts will also allow you to edit them.
If you are looking for a specific forum or topic, you can browse the Network tab. Here, there are categories related to gadgets, motorcycles and power sports to technology. Alternatively, you can search for any forum you want via their search tab ? note that not all forums are available on Tapatalk ? the Forum administrator needs to enable it to integrate with Tapatalk.
To get a quick view of the forums that you are following or get recommendations ? just tap on the ?Me? tab and they are all accessible there.
Tapatalk supports pull-to-refresh, so you can refresh threads as you?re reading. This worked well even with constant refreshing. Pull-to-refresh also allows you to load older threads within a forum or sub-forum. You can also upload images if you want. This app has the ability to do it so if you are in a forum where you want to make a point or add some extra detail then you can just go ahead and upload a photo on there for everybody to see
I think that the forum is a great way to get a pulse of what the man on the street is thinking on various topics. It is also a great way to ask questions, there are some really helpful netizens out there that troll certain topics ready to offer their help. If you need a question answered – a forum is a great place to get it.
However, there are certain things you should do to get a better experience at Forums. Firstly, do your research, if it’s a popular forum on a specific topic ? there is a good chance that your question has been asked before and you don’t want to ask the same thing again. You should also be specific on the questions you ask, for example ? if it’s a computer related question, you may want to include the hardware or software version you are using to let members understand your situation better.
Lastly, be nice and try not to engage in crap talk. While I think that Forums are in essence a great tool, there are people that use it to bash on others and spoil the experience for the rest.
Tapatalk is available on the iPhone and the iPad ($2.99).