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Old 08 Feb 2011, 04:01
BlackThorn BlackThorn is offline
 
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Is facebook killing forums?!

I haven't see this thread here so I guess I will start it. I have noticed lately users prefer just to click in "I Like" button instead engaging in active conversations. People prefer to answer by Facebook than login and answering by forums. What to do about this? Sure, some will say forums are a different thing, and bla bla bla, but you cannot deny the fact that Facebook is slowly driving away the interaction from forums, mailing lists and so on (I say this because I also manage a mailing list and the interaction has dropped about 50% since last year). Because people use everytime more and more their time for Facebook, so there is less time to spend in other sites (e.g. forums, etc.) Your thoughts?

I have been trying desperately to get my forum off the ground for a few years, and it seems nearly impossible and almost pointless. I think Facebook is too powerful and I continually wonder if there's any point in continuing the efforts. Even forums I used to visit years ago, that were doing really well, aren't doing so well, and I think it's because Facebook has everyone on it and it offers so much easy interaction. Anyone else having extreme difficulties?
I really agree this with dear people, one main reason is facebook 'cause it offers so much and also the users could create groups etc within the site, the usage of forums have gone down. but still if the content is good enough the users who really get something out of the active forum conversations will stick to it. A forum conversation is more on thread but facebook has many distractions when compared to a forum. I really don't like facebook it 'cause people being lazy to increase their acknowledge especially in forum that can be useful if we can manage it. sometimes people just seeking fun but don't know the benefits of it. Keep sharing on mailing list and Forum don't be junk by facebook, is that really right?

I said, I don't like facebook it 'cause I think, people who loves to facebook? Of course a lot of lazy people and shorty lover guys loves to that site. Of course this is not an immoral thing, because this is the matter of taste. I don't have a bad intent 'cause everyone is free all yours respectfully. However I think it, is facebook killing forums. Please don't use it "like this" in your forums. Please don't use it "join us on facebook" 'cause you will never vin, you will lose all the time if you use that in your forums. Why? Reason... You cannot get it "hit" from facebook, rather you losing...

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Old 10 Feb 2011, 00:50
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Yes it is. I've seen the best posters from a site stop posting and exclusively post on Facebook because the moderators on that forum gave up and let trolls run free. They didn't even join another forum. They just gave up completely.
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Old 10 Feb 2011, 00:53
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I think that we cannot really consider facebook “killing” forums. When you are on facebook, you can share comments and arguments with your friends. Compared to a forum where people are from all walks and just share a specific interest. Surely, you comment and like about anything on facebook, but forums are still avenues to shared ideas with people who you do not frequently meet and know at all for this matter.
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Old 10 Feb 2011, 01:03
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Not to mention they have enormous privacy issues. I have no fb account and no desire to ever get one.
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Old 12 Feb 2011, 10:17
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Originally Posted by Octavius. View Post
Yes it is. I've seen the best posters from a site stop posting and exclusively post on Facebook because the moderators on that forum gave up and let trolls run free. They didn't even join another forum. They just gave up completely.
Then I'd guess that facebook is taking over everything. Really I'm using forums since 1999 and still using forums. Forums... Everything is so beautiful. People are very nice talking to everything. Discussing everything. A lot of people talking through forums, articles, learned to write. A lot of people learned that information through in forums. However when facebook released then most of people go to that facebook and forums dead. And now people using only some big boards.

Originally Posted by b-james85 View Post
I think that we cannot really consider facebook “killing” forums. When you are on facebook, you can share comments and arguments with your friends. Compared to a forum where people are from all walks and just share a specific interest. Surely, you comment and like about anything on facebook, but forums are still avenues to shared ideas with people who you do not frequently meet and know at all for this matter.
Facebook is turning into myspace and will eventually be the death of itself, lol. Whatever, I would guess you don't understand me or actually you hadn't use a forum yet so if you use it then, may be you would understand me. If you a facebook fan or more activity user then please don't forget to facebook consumes your soul. I have noticed a trend on lots of forums. It seems that Facebook is really killing forums. People post up build threads and pictures pertaining to our "sport". If you have a lot of friends that are Facebook post happy, then it disappears from your wall view and you may never see it unless you constantly monitor it. It kinda sucks. It is a real disadvantage over vBulletin forums where you can click "new post" and all of them are easily visable and not lost forever. Also searching in google will display vbulletin post on forums where facebook post will not. So when you need information pertaing to some help thread, you can find a solution. I think people really should consider putting their post on forums. It helps us all in the end. Be part of the help and keep your post on forums!

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Not to mention they have enormous privacy issues. I have no fb account and no desire to ever get one.
Please believe me I think, I knew you have no facebook account : ) I'm sure that's awesome because we do not want to end the forums.


@Roms, Why you did deleted your own post? Lol. Whatever, it's no problem, rock on.
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Old 12 Feb 2011, 10:48
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No I think. if we make quality forums any page dont kill us. we cant create individual, actual and dinamic forums.

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Old 12 Feb 2011, 11:04
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Originally Posted by Fatih Özcan View Post
No I think. if we will make quality forums any page wont kill us. we cant create individual, actual and dinamic forums.
Nope. Well, I don't agree with you that's cannot be true 'cause amazing the numbers they are adding to their roles on a daily rate, lol. It looks like slow motion on all discussion forums, boards, community message boards so while people seem to spend more and more time on facebook. I strongly dislike facebook, particularly when people that you really don't know want to make contact with you. In a real case scenario, a jealous partner could become suspicious of ones internet activities. I find the thing rather intrusive too. Also there is the time factor; on a forum such as this I may spend an average of 40 minutes per day, which I find acceptable but some people are totally fixed to facebook for hours on end. Little wonder that the tendancy for being overweight is on the increase, particularly among youngsters and they find it harder to obtain real friends because they are not developing real social skills. For real friends, send them a personal email or phone them or even visit them! I prefer to get out and meet people face to face and one new real friend is worth a hundred cyber ones. That said, it has its place when used sensibly I suppose.
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Old 12 Feb 2011, 11:15
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Yes you are right. So ı have been trying to make social forums. You know that. so ı said "individual, actual and dinamic forums". Forum scripts are too underdeveloped. forums doesnt have advanced blog, advanced groups, advanced communication properties. so we cant wait success if we wait we disappointment always.
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Old 12 Feb 2011, 11:22
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Originally Posted by Fatih Özcan View Post
Yes you are right. So i have been trying to make social forums. You know that. so i said "individual, actual and dinamic forums". Forum scripts are too underdeveloped. forums doesnt have advanced blog, advanced groups, advanced communication properties. so we cant wait success if we wait we disappointment always.
Well, yeah I know but I've said this on my this post "people using only some big boards." You see? Yes that's very good a reason, why I dislike facebook now I really don't know what we would do for this issue.
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Old 14 Feb 2011, 01:54
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Yes we're having trouble starting a forum, it's hardest to get the first few members but people will remain loyal if they like the forum.
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Old 14 Feb 2011, 02:45
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Yes we're having trouble starting a forum, it's hardest to get the first few members but people will remain loyal if they like the forum.
I hate to say, but what do you have to offer that I can not find on the
top 5 big forums? forums are a saturated market, everyone and
their grandmother is trying to start a forum about the same
topics you can find on the top biggest forums...

that is what everyone else is having a hard time...

they made it first to the top...

everyone else did not....

you are right to a point, people are going to have their favi
forums that they hang on, and unless you can offer them
something better, then they will continue to hang where
they have most likely been hanging for years...

and not everyone likes evil facebook...

I am not a fan of facebook either, never have been...

If your forum is not making it, then it is not because of
facebook, it is because of what you are not doing right....
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Old 17 Feb 2011, 18:23
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Facebook isn't killing forums - if you think it is, then you need to work harder, and try something new.

There's so many various communities out there, and they continue to grow. Same with niche forums.
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Old 18 Feb 2011, 21:55
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you can go one other site and introduce yourself and somewhat promote your site. Just like in the gaming community with the different clans and tournament sites out there and you are friends with them then you go to their sites and they comes to your site. you pretty much need to get people with some common interest and your real life friends can be on it and help pass the word out too
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Old 19 Feb 2011, 05:41
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Facebook has had an impact on forums, no doubt. However, I still see a place for forums, because:

* It gives users the chance to discuss issues with some level of anonymity. On my site, many users are in the public spotlight in their communities. They still want to interact with their peers, but they really don't want to have their names out there.

* I've got the dominant English-language forum dealing with a certain profession. On Facebook, and before that Yahoo Groups, there were many scattered groups. Which one of the many groups do you join? (The same thing can be said with subjects that are represented by hundreds of forums, like anime and gaming. Which anime site of the thousands out there do you join?)

* Facebook and other large social networking sites is blocked at many workplaces. Professional forums usually aren't blocked.

* A forum allows a communtity to develop its own identity, independent of Facebook.
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Old 19 Feb 2011, 07:25
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I think facebook is placing a challenges to forums for them to grow .................
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