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Will Facebook Kill Forums?
Will Facebook Kill Forums?
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Online group discussions have been around since the early days of the Internet. At first, we had mailing lists and the Usenet newsgroups. When the online services like Compuserve, GEnie, Prodigy and the early America Online offered discussions in the form of forums or discussion boards, it gave many average consumers an easy way to carry on group discussions without needing to know how to access the Internet—they just dialed in to a local access number, typed in an appropriate command, and they were talking within minutes. As the World Wide Web started being utilized by the general public, we had forums appear on the Web also. Online discussions grew and thrived.
Blogging was seen as a threat to forums, especially when public commenting was allowed in response to blog posts, but forums have continued through that. Instant messaging programs and Twitter were also seen as threats, but forums operate under a different structure and weren’t really affected. Numerous others have been seen as nibbling away at the share of discussions taking place in forums, but forums weren’t directly affected by much of it. In other words, there have been threats to forums in the past, and forums did not suffer any noticeable direct hits.
Enter Facebook, or any other “social networking” site. Facebook offers anyone with an Internet connection the chance to reconnect with long-lost friends, schoolmates, co-workers past and present, and family members scattered around the globe. By posting a status, a member can tell others what goes on in their life, and offer any other approved person the ability to leave a comment. Facebook has been valuable in helping a lot of people get in touch with others. It has also provided “pages” that offer members a chance to “like” some specific person or topic, or join the group and participate in discussions. Some even offer their own discussion boards. In all of these instances, there is a form of “group discussion” going on, even if it is just within a series of serial comments.
Will Facebook affect the existing forums on the Internet? In my experience, I highly doubt it. First of all, forums have been around a lot longer, and have long-established communities that members may discuss common interests. Facebook topics are too broad, too general, and most of what you read through your friends’ status updates isn’t exactly something you would follow in any standalone forum. Another...
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