Facebook brings different changes from time to time. The recent change of profile to Timeline is one such example of creating changes to the platform. One more similar kind of change for Facebook users, specially page owners is the removal of "discussions" feature which acted as a forum or a discussion board.
However, If you want to add a discussion board to your Facebook page, then here is a nice app that will come in handy.
Forum for Pages is a Facebook app which can add discussion to pages and it can be easily installed to a fan page. This app is also available in many different languages and has been recently optimized for use with the Timeline.
Installing this app is also a piece of cake. You don't need to be a programmer to do this task, as all you need to do is to just install this app and follow the on-screen instructions.
Users of page can start creating new topics with text formatting as per their wish. Media (images and videos) can also be inserted in the discussion as long as it is available online. Embedding images and videos can be done by just inserting the link in your post.
Forum for Pages Features
- Threaded discussions
- Topic search
- Support for tagging topics into categories
- Moderators can delete or edit a post or the entire topic
- Embed images and YouTube videos in posts
- Moderators can block specific keywords
- Moderators can ban a user and prevent him from further posting
- Users can edit their posts up to 2 hours after posting
- Text Formatting: add titles, subtitles, bullet points, bold and italic
- Automatically re-post new topics to the wall
- Liking a post
- Integration with Google Analytics (premium version)
- Customizable Header (premium version)
Page owners/administrators have complete control over the discussion forum. They can edit, delete, make posts as 'sticky', ban users, block keywords and can do much more.
Forum for pages is really useful to start a discussion right on Facebook. The plus point is that users don't need to go through the hassles of registering on 'yet' another website. Also with this forum, users can discuss problems and interact with one another. Sony mobile is already using this app as you can see in this screenshot:
This app uses Facebook’s Open Graph which means if you reply to a post on a forum, it will appear in your activity list. Not everyone will like this behavior but a user can always hide this app from activity list.
There is also a premium version of this app which provides more features compared to the free version. Try out this useful app from below link.