Here's a question for the new year....
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|Tue, 01-07-2014 - 11:12pm|
As former CL, and with the understanding that we haven't had a CL for quite awhile now, I can't help but notice the lack of activity on this board. Elc and I started the board well over 10 years ago and it was hopping with people seeking support and advice, as well as sharing news about their CSs. So here is my question (for those active and lurking!) - what do you think is the reason for why people aren't posting much anymore?
I have my thoughts. Of course, without a leader there isn't anyone to really stimulate conversation. But I also think that facebook has a lot to do with it. When I joined iVillage in the late 90's, message boards had just gotten popular. My sister was particpating in dog communities, I joined iVillage for the parent communities, I know there were other message boards like College Confidential (does that still exist??). My sister's dog boards pretty much dissolved and most of the members migrated to facebook. I don't know how many of our parents here are active on facebook but I know I am. There are "groups" for all kinds of things now and I'm wondering if some of that has taken the place of message boards.
The other thing I wonder that may have impacted the popularity of these boards has to do with the changes to the format in the past couple of years. It seems the boards were much more user friendly in the past and people just gave up when they had trouble signing in and following posts.
Surely parents of college students still have issues and appreciate getting support and feedback from others with similar experiences, don't you think? So where are they getting their support? Or are newer POCS's simply not aware of message boards and unable to find us? What are your thoughts?