Unfortunately, big business will always crush the little guy and big business is all the internet is today. You can look up anything on the internet and it will produce a corporate website. And this discourages people from making websites.Unfortunately our “competitors” tend to be VerticalScope and Internet Brands...!
With respect, I offer that with a bit of proper planning the tools are available to do something that leans toward this idea of inclusion.I do believe if done thoughtfully this could put forums firmly back on the map.
What does that matter? Don't you think your members know about them already and may even be members?Unfortunately our “competitors” tend to be VerticalScope and Internet Brands...!
stop building silos and instead broaden our communities to include "competitors"
I like the idea. But do you recall the intro monolog for "war of the worlds?"I do believe if done thoughtfully this could put forums firmly back on the map.
I agree with you about some forums being hard to join.Metaphorically speaking, you have hit the nail on the head.
If I were to stumble upon most forums today, I would be required to fill out what amounts to a survey to join. Assuming I do not need to wait for a staff member to approve my membership, I would still need to verify my e-mail address. Next, I would, in all likelihood, need to fill out another survey to complete my profile before I could post. If I were lucky, that would not be required, and I may still need to wait for someone to approve my post.
When it came to Facebook, I provided an e-mail and uploaded a photo. My phone number was already confirmed since I used their app. I verified my e-mail with a single click. Since Facebook's AI automatically confirmed my ID using their photo recognition software, I could post without waiting in about 30 seconds (give or take). There is no waiting or lengthy surveys or manual confirmations by staff members. I could post freely and effortlessly, and best of all, everyone I could ever know is already there.
It puzzles me why any forum would allow Facebook members to join, then proceeds to put up a world full of obstacles in their way. If I am honest, I almost gave up on this very site, for example. Joining a forum has become hard and a lengthy process that most people are not looking to wait for.
You are dead right about GoogleI think one major issue is that it's becoming impossible to get any sort of ranking on Google, so even if you have a great blog, nobody will ever find it unless you are able to get links onto "authoritative" sites. Watching my own traffic on various sites, I've come to the conclusion Google even does some weird automatic traffic balancing within sites. I've been pretty frustrated by this, lately, and it doesn't help that there are. no. competitors. Only Google and sites tapping Google results.
I know most people slamming Google as "not letting my site grow" are spammers, but I used to love them for traffic... now their patterns revealed in traffic and Webmaster Tools just seem insane.
Can I also put in a sad nostalgic tribute to Yahoo, back in the beginning, when they really tried to catalog the entire Internet in usable ways - and to the Open Directory before they because so exclusive they apparently banned themselves?
Not to mention the spam sites that have the same review on 30 different domain names, or the domains made solely for spamming.
Like I said... Google has become the problem, since there's no other option. We rarely get pointed to good forums, unless you click on page 6 or some such. Google's algorithms have helped the bad sites more than the spam sites.
Their ideological love of the algo is a real problem.