Are Facebook and twitter draining the life from other forums

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Are Facebook and twitter draining the life from other forums

Postby davidgwalker » Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:41 am

Facebook (or faceshite as I like to call it) along with twitter are two of the busiest sites in the World today.

As the flow of users gravitate towards these social sites could be having a negative impact upon existing websites, forums, blogs, and other online communities.

DIGG.com and other very vibrant lively forums now seem dormant compared to a few years ago :-(

Is this impacting your website? Or your forum?

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Re: Are Facebook and twitter draining the life from other fo

Postby pauljamesgoman - yah » Sun May 08, 2011 9:28 pm

my experience on forums;

teh biggest problem on forums is removed on twitter and facebook which is

trolls and flamers.

When a forum gets a big enough member base the admin cannot keep up with the flame wars and trolls. Users generally become upset with the board moderation and begin to get fed up with logging in.

FB and twitter remove trolls and flamers by their very structure and methodology.

Even with all the privacy issues of fb people still use it because they can share photos.

N.B what happened to emails?

these two sources are great information about tinernet usage and the possibilities
http://www.fourmilab.ch/documents/digital-imprimatur/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A85RJMhB8_s

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Re: Are Facebook and twitter draining the life from other fo

Postby davidgwalker » Mon May 09, 2011 8:08 am

I think you could well be right about the "trolls and flamers" rubbishing some fourms.

We certainly are losing our freedom of speech and being tracked at every click; is it all to benefit international security, or just for large marketing companies to profile and profit from knowing your every like and dislike?

Not sure about the idea that the old bbs systems constitute the real Internet (you could count the number of users on each system on two hands), as if we continued in that vein then we would not have the function rich network we have today. And fidonet! man that was shite.

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Re: Are Facebook and twitter draining the life from other fo

Postby pauljamesgoman - yah » Wed May 11, 2011 7:51 pm

is it all to benefit international security, or just for large marketing companies to profile and profit from knowing your every like and dislike


not sure i see any disparity between the two, to be perfectly frank.

The idea of free speech does most definately give some persons the heebie jeebies and a mass corral of internet users into secure space is apparently ongoing.

I dont think the likes of FB and twitter are overtly censoring but rely upon the mass drowning out the individual.

I can write what i want on facebook but the only ones to read it are my friends therefore a limited audience but most of my friends would never be bothered with a specialised bb or forum and so the major issue that needs to be needled out is finance.

FB and twitter revenues far outweigh their costs, which are massive, but enable staff to be hired to mod the site. Specialised boards and forums are limited on funding and therefore time given by the mod is precious. Most, that i encountered, relied upon likeminded people giving up some of their money and a lot of time. Therefore I would say FB and twitter are symptomatic of modern money systems desire for more of itself. Without the need for money FB and twitter would be nothing more than another obscure website -- not to say they havent honed in on the mass audience, which is beyond a specialised forum because the SF is not about marketing and advertising.
We might as well lump in the abhorrence of Witherspoons compared to the local boozer. Big money gets the big audience.


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