although i've never signed up here, i've been a fairly regular visitor to the forum but i've noticed this forum has gone very quiet of late, with many of the regular posters having seemingly disappeared ! many other forums i visit all seem to be quite too, sites like uk fungi, wildlifebytes, etc are ticking along, but nowhere near as busy as they once were, so is this yet another forum that the dreaded facebook has killed off ? sad really as a forum has so much more to offer than facebook in my opinion, and without all the data collection on you that facebook blatantly collects
I think most forums are struggling now... I've come across articles about 'The Death of the Forum' and most of the blame does seem to be placed upon social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
It is sad- I loved the sense of community on the old Wild about Britain forum, and learned a great deal there. I intend to keep this one going for as long as there is interest, but I don't know how much longed ProBoards will carry on for. I had a look at their 'New Forums' list recently, and there are lots... but unfortunately most of them have no posts and no active members. ProBoards relies upon advertising, so I don't know how they are surviving... without traffic, who will pay to place ads?
I don't use Facebook- I've never really understood it. It seems to consist mainly of brief, throw-away comments, without any discussion, and no real interaction. I think a lot of people prefer that- it's quick, it's easy, and by giving a thumbs-up to a post they feel they've contributed something. We have over 400 members here, and yet probably two-thirds of them have never even posted once. It's a shame, because our wildlife and the environment needs our support now more than ever. On the original WaB forum there were members who were active in speaking out about bird-of-prey persecution, illegal fox hunting, and river pollution... and they helped to keep the rest of us informed about these issues.
I don't think reading celebrity tweets is really all that helpful.
The problem I have with Facebook groups is the randomness of some of the posts.
I belong to a group set up to record wildlife sightings in the area of north west Scotland that I know well.
Scattered among the various written records/photos/photos requesting ID and videos of the local wildlife are totally unrelated posts, eg a dog doing a trick or a photo someone took on their holiday in Australia. I want to say, "Your dog is very clever and the video is entertaining but why did you post it here?"