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Facebook MURDERED Community Forums

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by SpellZ, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. SpellZ

    SpellZ Regular Member

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    So where I live we had a lot of local community forums.
    Actually we had 5 TOP community forums. They were huge! Most of them were targetting people between ages of 16 - 25, some where targeeting 19 - 28 go go to nightclubs, etc. They had forums, profiles (not phpBB profiles, but cool profiles with 10 picture upload, able to use HTML to desing your page, etc)

    Once Facebook went viral (4-5 years ago) all those sites went downhill! The groupies stayed of course, but a lot of people left! Why? I mean I know Facebook have coused it, but what do you think is the main issue that so many people left those community forums?

    And, its stange.. but for the past 4-5 years I didn't see ONE community forum pop up here... Is it really that hard?

    What do you guys think? (I just have some ideas floating, so just looking for general feedback)

    Thanks a lot :)
     
  2. voyevoda

    voyevoda Regular Member Premium Member

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    You can only spend so much time per day on the internet, and, if you're spending 30+ minutes a day on facebook, that doesn't leave a lot of time for other places. :)
     
  3. SpellZ

    SpellZ Regular Member

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    Which in conclusion means, Facebook is more interesting to be on then siteX.

    How do you make SiteX (Which is a community forums site) more interesting then facebook? I feel like Facebook totally ownd everyone lol
     
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    It's evolution, baby.

    Besides, Facebook took the same concepts of community sites and made them much more accessible to the public. I see lots of people using Facebook like crazy who would have never used a community forum in their life.

    I think community forums fill a very small niche these days. Most people just use Facebook as an outlet for their socializing online because it is large (so all of their friends are on it) and it's better suited for what people want (photo albums, messages on walls, comments to each other, etc.)

    I wouldn't say Facebook simply replaced community sites, I would say Facebook definitely held its own in attracting new people to get online and socialize. As I said before, there are a ton of active people on Facebook who would have otherwise never touched the internet on a daily basis.
     
  5. SpellZ

    SpellZ Regular Member

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    Yeah, I agree

    But as far as 'making something different' that will attract people to the community site? Chances of that happening is slim to none right? Since everyone just has Facebook?
     
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    I guess it depends on the niche. I know of a lot of gaming forums that have very active, tight-knit communities even today.
     
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    Does it depend on the niche? Or what the site has to offer as well?