Tip: try using a feed reader to aggregate all the different communities in a hub and make it easier to keep up.
Introduction for those who don’t know about this tech.
Most forum software and news portals offer feeds. If a site does not, one can use various tools to scrap the site and create one.
Because of feeds, I think that forums are way better than chats. They make it a lot easier to follow hundreds of conversations, at least if your main computer is not a phone.