Hey @Mike Creuzer
I'm just wondering what your thoughts are on the recent Facebook announcement and their future tech plans as it relates to forums and the viability of the standard forum format?
Thank you and I hope you're doing great!
Hey thanks! Hope you're doing well also!
We all like to hate Facebook. They are an easy target, in fact I find a lot of people push whatever social issues, relationship issues, anxieties etc onto Facebook in general as a scapegoat. If we stop and recognize that if not the current Facebook then some other company will be playing the role Facebook is doing then I suppose we can start to see it more as the tool it really is rather than an abstraction of society itself. And when we do that we can all determine if its the right tool for us. They were one of the first so yes they have a leg up indeed, but others will come. And others will, and do, have the same issues. I do theorize that attacking the root of this, ie perhaps not having a company at the heart of any social platform, is the true solution, but perhaps for another day. Something Im quite curious about and will share more at some point as I learn more. But moving on.
I mean even look here at XenForo.com's community forums. Scale this up into the billions and I dont think this would be any better than Facebook, arguably quite worse. It has nothing to do with the tools, or whatever else, and everything to do with perception, emotions and how people feel when they are on a platform, who is there with them, whether they are making money or prospering there, etc. You can find that anywhere: school, work, the park, online forums, facebook as it is, and yes the metaverse
. If you as an individual do not find that the love is there and that you don't wish to entertain, learn, socialize in that space, then you won't and I highly suspect that means there are plenty of others like you. Enough people share that opinion and the dynamic shifts entirely.
And therein lies the power of the internet I suppose.
In summary, while I personally believe in the opposite almost literally as what Facebook is proposing, I won't not give it a chance just because I think I know better than everyone else. If its great, fantastic. If its not, then we'll all know soon enough.