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Internet forums are dead now, aint it?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by gyahoo, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. Daniel-MD

    Daniel-MD Greenhorn

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    #21
    It's a nice debate here. I am a forum's advocate so my opinion may be biased still here are some points I consider relevant:
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    - Forums took a big hit when Facebook groups appeared, however, now most of the Fb groups I participate in are filled with selling SPAM or dead (the notifications from groups are not getting less importance)
    - There are still several big forums that get plenty of traffic if they are getting advertised (take BHW and DP for instance). A forum is not a business you can run on autopilot
    - Also, there are niches where anonymity is important (quit smoking, quit drinking, sexual fantasies etc) and forums in this niches are growing well
    - Forums should not fight social networks but rather leverage them (create a Fb page and a group and then drive users to the forum)
    - If anyone considers starting a forum should do it in a niche that is new and there are not many competitors (think cryptocurrency 2 years ago, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality etc)
     
    Daniel-MD, Sep 30, 2018 IP
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  2. Chinii

    Chinii Peon

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    #22
    Majority of forums are pretty much dead. Most forums nowadays that are really active are on video games.
     
    Chinii, Oct 18, 2018 IP
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    mike30 Well-Known Member

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    #23
    People got many other online activities to spend time compared to 5-10 years ago. But forums still make a fundamental role. Specially those directed to a specific niche.
     
    mike30, Oct 18, 2018 IP
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    #24
    I think a forum is dead when the marketplace and general chat are the sections receiving the most posts. As mentioned already, active forums serve as a community. It is hard to manage forums however. I was a moderator on a forum that went down - it was disheartening. Let alone losing all those backlinks I accumulated. I felt betrayed/let down by the forum - even though that's just life.
     
    davilama2682, Sep 22, 2020 IP
  5. NicoleW

    NicoleW Greenhorn

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    #25
    It`s because we have so much alternatives now
     
    NicoleW, Sep 23, 2020 IP
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    #26
    People right now are very active on social media platforms these days, but I still find forums a good source for seeking advice from other people.
     
    Angelina Dean, Sep 23, 2020 IP
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    #27
    I think it`s a great place to start, to get some new skills and to be a part of the cool community
     
    NicoleW, Sep 24, 2020 IP
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    jrbiz Acclaimed Member

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    @NicoleW as you illustrate, a forum is what you make of it. Some believe that forums are in the ICU on a ventilator, right now. Others, find ways to still get value from them.
     
    jrbiz, Sep 24, 2020 IP
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