Why Social Networking?

jonsidneyb

Well-known member
I will be 50 before long but I did do a 600 mile hike last summer and run at least 3 miles a day if not more.
 

GodForum.com

Well-known member
This is slightly off my original topic but it applies to the same group of people, so I'll add it lol. With the Facebook especially integration, do you all have concerns about privacy and the safety of your members, having personally identifiable information out there on your forum?

:)


Well, I feel old lol
Yes ... FB doesn't care about your privacy despite what they say, due to commercial reasons ...

by integrating them ... they get a foot into your business that may be regretted later on ...

we need to keep in mind that an Army of Developers keep producing code for them that aims to grow their market share evermore.
 
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Floris

Guest
It's not just about social features, it's about social bookmarking as well. There's a huge difference there.

People misuse social bookmarking just to spam and get attention. That's the wrong reason.
 

erich37

Well-known member
honestly, I would not want to change or add anything to XenForo.

Looking at the user-interface as it currently is, XenForo is already PERFECT !

KISS
Keep It Simple & Stupid
 

Vilandra

Active member
Yes ... FB doesn't care about your privacy despite what they say, due to commercial reasons ..
Well I have non-commercial sites, so I'm more worried about the privacy of especially minors and people signing up because of Facebook using their real names, having their personal information available thus to unscrupulous people.
 

Lawrence

Well-known member
It's not just about social features, it's about social bookmarking as well. There's a huge difference there.

People misuse social bookmarking just to spam and get attention. That's the wrong reason.
Definitly Agree. If used right, social bookmarking sites can be a huge benefit, but spam them, and they hurt your rankings. Bookmark relevant content, and you have nothing to worry about. :)
 

jonsidneyb

Well-known member
here is something I find interesting. Polls covering similar things are getting different results.

http://xenforo.com/community/threads/are-you-looking-for-an-old-school-forum-or-a-socialmedia-forum.1154/page-3

I am thinking the work old school in the other posts attract some people into the thread that want to see a core they don't feel is over loaded.

This thread asking "Why Social Networking? is going to bring more in that want to explain why they want social net working. I think the real answer might be someplace between these two threads.
 

Gill

Member
I'm very cautious about running a site with too many social networking facilities and am only really willing to use a few features. My concerns are about privacy and how easy it can become for people to expose themselves. We've all seen it on facebook and other social networking sites ... we have the minutaie of people's lives spread through our news feeds which when linked to their profiles can be searched, found and indeed used against them via employment opportunities. I certainly don't want that on my sites!! I think many people say too much on sites - things they perhaps should say only to close friends they trust. We're losing that sense of caution and allowing our privacy to be invaded.

Yes, I have a facebook account but do not use it to befriend every individual I meet online. My friendships are those I'm friends with in real life and catching up with old school friends etc. So for me social networking is an extension of my real life and has a great value.

Running a site myself has a different purpose to facebook or other social networking sites. I want people to make friends and I want people to discuss and give opinins on issues. I don't want them revealing things about themselves that could compromise their privacy. So social networking on my sites is about limited features whilst discussion and opinions takes precedence.

I use my facebook account to log in here, but don't think my personal information is therefore available to people. I'm sure anyone here will tell me if it does!!! On my own sites, if we use fb integration for logging in, then I will be nagging people to retain their privacy!
 

Koleckai

New member
We started to get into this in another thread and instead of hijacking it further (lol) I thought I'd start something new.

I have trouble understanding the reasoning behind all these extra things that take away from your members posting.

So, for those of you who like social media features on your forum, why? How do they improve your forum?

(I'm not taking the piss, I really am interested to hear your points of view.)
As a user, I won't register on a lot of sites unless they have Facebook Connect. Gives me a consolidated login across multiple sites and if a site abuses my information, I can block a lot of it at Facebook. If I need to change my information, I should only need to change it in one place as well.
 

Vilandra

Active member
people can sense when something is the future :)

That's all i have to say.
I guess my response to that is, is that a good thing? lol Probably a topic for another thread, but how do you keep a forum of discussion going amidst all of this "other".
 

Lawrence

Well-known member
We started to get into this in another thread and instead of hijacking it further (lol) I thought I'd start something new.

I have trouble understanding the reasoning behind all these extra things that take away from your members posting.

So, for those of you who like social media features on your forum, why? How do they improve your forum?

(I'm not taking the piss, I really am interested to hear your points of view.)
Why social networking features?

My generation started on a BBS. The one I belonged to had 8 phone lines that you could call into to connect to the host PC with BBS software installed. Forums was to me, a logical evolution of the BBS software.

Today's generation grew up, or are growing with, social networking features. It is all they know, and they have expectations that you either can meet and succeed with, or fall short on, and fail.

Change is good, but at the same time, scary, as you are taken out of your comfort zone.
 

Gill

Member
Lawrence, it's so interesting because you have encapsulated something about generations and expectations of online life. I've been using forums since the mid 90s when we barely had graphics let alone all the other things available today. There's a huge change taking place and whilst some of us who are older are embracing change, our needs shouldn't be forgotten either when software is being bought. I have the luxury of being old enough to be able to afford software, run sites etc. I'm not alone. I sincerely hope that XF take the needs of all generations into account and that if social networking in its fullest form is built into software, it can be turned off for those that don't want it. I'm hoping that's the case because if it isn't I would have a problem being a customer.

I really respect your comments and think you've sort of captured something I couldn't nail - thank you!
 

Lawrence

Well-known member
I agree with you. Admins need to be able to turn on or off these features: Call it Generation Customizations, :) I feel with todays generations they do neet to be available in XF, and for those who just want a forum, can easily turn them off, :cool:
 

wizzard

Active member
I think social media is a great way to bring people to your site. I don't have a forum myself at the moment, I would definitely have social media aspects on it.
 
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