I believe that the rise of the short form and visual social media came at a high cost: the destruction of the long form special interest forums where people had interesting threaded conversations.
The conversations and communities were real and very important. Mothers learned about the basics from other mothers and shared their concerns and anxieties.
Collectors met and shared. Mommy bloggers reigned!
Now, every community is overseen and controlled by FB and Twitter etc. The hundreds of thousands of private forums on ning, vbulletin, and all the other systems were destroyed by the freight train express massive fall out from FB et al. #sad
No more big holiday parties for forum groups.
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