Levied Troop wrote:General Paranoia wrote: People move on and the style of communication changes. In general, forums of all sorts are shrinking and becoming less important. Gone are the days of busy forums, that form of internet communication is outdated..
Is it though? I can think of a few more forums that seem active and useful apart from the two you mention, what I do see is that forums split up and become smaller and more choosy about who comes in (one of the things I liked about Frothers is that it was the opposite of that - a brave experiment I thought). This doesn't seem restricted to wargaming, you should see the railway modellers factions! It's a human thing.
From what I've seen of Facebook, it does seem more limited than an Internet forum. It actually doesn't make communication easier, it makes it more ephemeral. I'm not sure I see a real advantage to being on it apart from its current fashionability. Also, I like to limit the amount of personal information unaccountable American billionaires hold about me. Difficult these days I know, still, rage against the machine and all that, eh, chaps?
As for the rest of this, yes Frothers is dead and I'm just looting the corpse for overlooked trinkets.
Facebook definitely isn't the way it's going. I think it's more to do with the trivialization of things. People seem to invest less time in single hobbies and have too much going on in their lives and work. If you can't do it on a smartphone in less than two sentences with far fewer letters than required, then it's going to die out.