Tapatalk becomes social media: Users can create their own website/Forums/Groups

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Tazmanian
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I also left the building some while ago but I still get mail from them even though I unsubscribe every time.
I've received only one from them when they found out that my forum's software changed.
They requested the installation of their script to the new software.
That was a long while ago.
I did not answer, they are quiet since then.
 

LiquidServe

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Tapatalk is trying to become Facebook and compete with their Facebook Groups. This is a small shift but few years down the line it could mean you losing your forum and your members to Tapatalk. They can promote their forums however they seem fit in their app and there is nothing you will be able to do about it.

As others have said, it's pretty much same as consuming a drug even though you know it will kill you in the long run. #LivingDangerously
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LeadCrow

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This is a small shift but few years down the line it could mean you losing your forum and your members to Tapatalk
I dont think large forums would be seriously threatened. It's small, non-monetized forums that will reconsider wether the expenses of starting a new forum are justified, and many existing ones might ditch their webhost and software vendors in doing so.

I wonder how that would bode for commercial scripts and Xenforo in particular. If the upfront expense of starting a forum (140$+ hosting) without a guaranteed path to profitability becomes difficult to justify, TT could corner the hobbyist market quickly.
 

Pete

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I wonder if this means we'll start to see the rise of specialised platforms. I'm working on one for roleplay purposes which I can tell you right now won't get TT support because having multiple "accounts" to post as is something TT would struggle to support, even if I was sufficient presence for them.
 

LiquidServe

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I wonder how that would bode for commercial scripts and Xenforo in particular. If the upfront expense of starting a forum (140$+ hosting) without a guaranteed path to profitability becomes difficult to justify, TT could corner the hobbyist market quickly.
Soon the hobbyist will have to pay to support their hobby and then they would drop out. The loop always continues.

I wonder if this means we'll start to see the rise of specialised platforms. I'm working on one for roleplay purposes which I can tell you right now won't get TT support because having multiple "accounts" to post as is something TT would struggle to support, even if I was sufficient presence for them.
Whats your platform called?
 

LeadCrow

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Displaying ads is not the only way to monetize free forums. You can force ads, and make webmasters pay for their temporary removal.
 

Alfa1

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The link I posted in the OP clearly lays out their monetizing strategy:
TT currently offers subscriptions, donations, advertisements to generate income. Community owners can choose free (all ad income goes to TT), or pay a monthly fee.

Also:
Tapatalk acquired Panjo marketplace. So this marketplace will likely be integrated and will allow TT users to sell products with TT taking a cut.
 

LiquidServe

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The link I posted in the OP clearly lays out their monetizing strategy:
TT currently offers subscriptions, donations, advertisements to generate income. Community owners can choose free (all ad income goes to TT), or pay a monthly fee.

Also:
Tapatalk acquired Panjo marketplace. So this marketplace will likely be integrated and will allow TT users to sell products with TT taking a cut.
Makes sense because there are a lot of car forums on TT.
 

Pete

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Whats your platform called?
It's called StoryBB. Still a while to go before it's suitable for general use, retooling an existing forum platform to support multiple-accounts-under-one-account (properly) is a huge task. But note that I don't mean just taking regular accounts and gluing them together so you still have to fix things like multiple 'accounts' being moderated or skewing likes by switch between accounts to like things. I mean each person has a single account, under which there are multiple profiles, each of which with their own signature, avatar etc.

I'm mindful that this is firmly a niche use-case: posting on roleplay forums is a bit different to regular forums. But I wonder if we'll start to see bundles of forums with customisations in the future, like we see Ubuntu being a flavour of Debian, then specific specialised bundles of Ubuntu, like how there's Mythbuntu for running a media centre, Edubuntu for education purposes and so on.

I'm just curious to see if hobbyists that have the skills will do more of this sort of thing. I doubt we'll see it be a paid gig, it's too niche for that.
 

TrixieTang

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Looks like turning into another Proboards.

They appear to be in direct competition against forums now - especially those already using its addons since users could start their own monetized forums instead of staying active on yours.
Don't insult Proboards. They didn't start out their life as a mobile app for forums and then go into the business of competing with the very forums that used their service.
 

Citizen K

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They also bought out Network54 recently and are busy with migrating those boards to Groups. N54 does not provide db access to their forum owners making it challenging for those admins to jump ship to a different platform.
 

highlander29

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I notice Tapatalk are also sending thread digests from forums now, too. The email is sent from "Forum Name (via Tapatalk)" <trending@tapatalk.com>. A forum I haven't visited in years suddenly started sending these. I don't recall having visited using Tapatalk, but I may have (haven't used Tapatalk in years, either).
They did that a while ago It's why I abandoned them. I was tired of them sending thread digests for competing forums.
 

Butch97

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I can confirm that the Tapatalk forum platform is a hideously ugly thing, graphically, and limited and unwieldy for forum moderators. We ran a lovely, versatile hobby forum on the FreeForums.org platform for several years until Tapatalk took over the software this past fall and made a horrid mess of the thing.
 

Citizen K

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They certainly have an interesting communication policy.

Back in August 2017 the former owner of Network54 made an announcement that they will be integrating the Tapa app to better serve mobile users, this did not happen. Instead, since that date N54 has experienced intermittent server outages and the loss of some board functions, naturally N54 forum admins are complaining about these issues on the N54 support forum - without reply from either N54 or Tapatalk. It was only after some sleuthing by one admin that they found out that Tapatalk had actually bought the whole jalopy and that most of the issues can be traced back to Tapa preparing to transfer the system to their groups platform.

To date there has been no official communication from Tapatalk, nothing about possible costs, functionality or a time frame for the transfer. Basically N54 forum owners will wake up one morning and find their forum redirected to a Tapatalk platform.
 

Citizen K

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So some but not all N54 forum owners received this email yesterday.

Dear Network 54 Forum Owner,

Greetings! As you might know, Network54 forums will be migrated to the Tapatalk Groups platform in the near future. With the move to Tapatalk Groups, we will be able to provide your forum stable, fast servers, along with many additional features and options to run your site.

Before your forum moves to Tapatalk Groups platform, we'll provide you a preview of your site so you can review the new layout and to make sure all the data transferred correctly.

Before we prepare your test migration, we need your feedback on two items:

Migrate all your forums into one group or multiple?
As background, Network54 only allows one forum per group. This means that your members need to log in to different groups in order to visit your forums.
We can migrate all your forums into one group, allowing just one sign-in and a full display of all your forums on one page.
Or, if you prefer, we can migrate them into multiple forums
The preferred name of the forum?
In the URL of your Network54 site, your site is identified by a number. In Tapatalk Groups, your site will be in the URL. By example: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/nameofyourforum.
We will redirect the forums to the new URL
We need the feedback on your preferred name of your site

Can you please respond to this email by January 23 with the following

Migrate all your forums into one group or multiple?
The preferred name of the forum?

If we do not hear back by the January 23rd, we will prepare your preview of your site with our best guess of single or multiple forums, and the best guess of your forum name.

And as one of the top forums in Network54, we like to offer to jump on a call to discuss these options in more detail. Let us know if you like to jump on a call.

--
Customer Success
tapatalk.com
 
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