Upload & Sell: Off
| p.3 #6 · Man... what happened? |
Steady Hand, the thing is, forum websites have died for a reason.
- content is primarily written word, not much in the way of picture, no video or audio, etc.
- it doesn't lend itself to smart devices (smartphone, tablet, etc.)
- the structure is top-level and fixed
- some level of administration or policing is required (typically by third-party).
- information priority is based solely on the frequency of posts to that thread
On a social site, the structure is more group-within-group, people create their own groups, based on interest, location, friendships, or whatever. Groups grow, shrink, or gain/lose relevance over time. By and large, groups are policed or administered from within. Information is prioritized based on like/dislike rather than frequency. Content is a mixture rather than being primarily limited to the written word.
I don't think the social format is a perfect model, far from it. But it is what people use today.. and in some ways, a social medium is more suited to people who are photographing people. For instance, when I post a picture, the person in the photo can also comment and receive commentary (pretty rare here). This makes sense if you think of people photography more of a partnership between the subject and the photographer, not always true but often is.
And I don't expect that facebook, meetup, other social sites will be around forever, sites always come and go and someday the format will probably be outdated too. But I don't believe this format can be 'saved' or made popular again either, not with what is out there today. That's why I don't feel compelled at all to save it, just use it for what it is useful for.
I appreciate your thoughts on this subject.
Thanks for adding to the discussion. I agree on most points you made above.