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Has anyone tried ForumRunner?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by System0, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. System0

    System0 Active Member

    Came across this service today


    Apparently it allows users to post quickly using mobile devices and it supports mobile advertising too. Are any XenForo members using this?

  2. Onimua

    Onimua Well-Known Member

  3. turtile

    turtile Well-Known Member

    It's also integrated into vBulletin now. Pretty smart business move...
  4. Dinh Thanh

    Dinh Thanh Well-Known Member

    Yes, It's good. Fast & easy to use.
    I like it, but not now, after it moved to VB :)
  5. System0

    System0 Active Member

    Yeah I heard about it via an email from vBulletin. Good move by them but not for XenForo and ipb board owners. I doubt they will want to continue supporting other forum platforms.
  6. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    It would be stupid not too as there are many boards that aren't vBulletin, many of which are popular and will bring them extra income from the branded style.
  7. a legacy reborn

    a legacy reborn Well-Known Member

    It is nice but I wouldn't use it anymore purely out of my resentment of IB.
  8. Deepmartini

    Deepmartini Well-Known Member

    I never really understood the difference between this and tapatalk. Which is better? Do people use just one or the other, or can you use both?
  9. System0

    System0 Active Member

    The home page of ForumRunner stats that the full version of costs only $1.99. When you consider a publishing suite for VB retails for $285 and the addition of mobile and Facebook apps will more than double that figure, I don't believe IB were buying this for extra income. By making it exclusive to VB, they would only need 1 out of every 293 people who were originally going to buy forum runner to buy vbulletin and break even. Also, I suspect one reason they bought it was so that other forums couldn't use it. A smart business move.

    I haven't used ForumRunner but 2 bucks seem very undervalued for an app such as that. Most forum owners would happily pay at least $50 to make their forum mobile friendly.
  10. System0

    System0 Active Member

    Doesn't TapaTalk require your forum owners to pay a few dollars to download the tapatalk app in order to view your site using it?
  11. Deepmartini

    Deepmartini Well-Known Member

    So it was likely a nice "vertical integration" move by them to control the complete channel from software provider to forum owner to end consumer member.
  12. a legacy reborn

    a legacy reborn Well-Known Member

    They are both commercial software but if you are asking if TapaTalk requires you to pay for a test/trial run of the app on your site then I believe the answer is no. At least that is what I remember from when I used it oh so many moons ago.
  13. System0

    System0 Active Member

    If I had shares with IB, I would be pleased with this acquisition as it seems like a good product. Perhaps they will keep it available to other forum platforms though the way they are integrating it directly into VB suggests they have other plans.
  14. a legacy reborn

    a legacy reborn Well-Known Member

    It would be complete product suicide if they limited to only vB. Although seeing what they did with vB I wouldn't put that passed them :p.
    System0 likes this.
  15. System0

    System0 Active Member

    I don't think it would be complete suicide as at the very least they have control over a service that other forums were using. Though if it's going to be integrated into VB, will they still be able to sell their mobile app (which is $199).
  16. Floris

    Floris Guest

    It's owned by IB now, so the answer is going to be no.
  17. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    I'm talking about the branded service they offer, where you get your own version branded for your forum.
  18. System0

    System0 Active Member

    Ahhh I didn't see that. $599 a year changes everything.
  19. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    just walk away folks.. just walk away. not worth it... especially if you know Kier and Mike's awesomeness :D
  20. dieketzer

    dieketzer Well-Known Member

    i dont think they will make forumrunner vb-only.
    i think its real value is the data it makes available to iB. they would be foolish to cut off a free data mine of their competitors forums, and iB is far too predatory to do something like that.

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