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Prowler
09-16-2017, 04:00 PM
The internet is full of communities for everything: from cartoon discussion to gardening discussion. The thing is, there gave been several different platforms for people all over the world to gather and enter in contact with each other since the earliest days of the internet. Remember how chat rooms were huge back in the late 90s/early 2000s? And then message boards/forums began taking off around the early 21st century? And ofc there were also IM services such as Messenger(Yahoo and MSN).Then Skype showed up and then social networks, which made it even easier for people all over the world to get in touch with their friends and other people.

Where do you prefer to go when it comes to discussing stuff? I'd say nothing beats an internet forum as far as lengthy discussions go. It's just easier to post and read long posts on a message board than it is on a damn facebook wall or reddit. Plus, inf forums you can have avatars and sigs. It kinda saddens me that message boards are a dying breed and that none of the most popular online forums are as active as they used to be.

As far as chatting with people goes, Discord is a rather new and pretty nice service. It's like they took elements from TeamSpeak, Messenger IRC and Skype to make the ultimate IM service.

What about you?

CyberCubed
09-16-2017, 04:16 PM
I only use message boards, never used chatrooms even 15 years ago. I don't use skype or this new "discord" thing the young kids of today are using.

I occasionally check twitter/tumblr for fandom stuff but don't post there myself, but I'm forced to check over there for certain shows I follow just to see what people talk about. People don't post on traditional forums anymore like they used to so I'm forced to check out social media even though most of the time I ordinarily wouldn't.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
09-16-2017, 04:20 PM
The internet is full of communities for everything: from cartoon discussion to gardening discussion. The thing is, there gave been several different platforms for people all over the world to gather and enter in contact with each other since the earliest days of the internet. Remember how chat rooms were huge back in the late 90s/early 2000s? And then message boards/forums began taking off around the early 21st century? And ofc there were also IM services such as Messenger(Yahoo and MSN).Then Skype showed up and then social networks, which made it even easier for people all over the world to get in touch with their friends and other people.

Where do you prefer to go when it comes to discussing stuff? I'd say nothing beats an internet forum as far as lengthy discussions go. It's just easier to post and read long posts on a message board than it is on a damn facebook wall or reddit. Plus, inf forums you can have avatars and sigs. It kinda saddens me that message boards are a dying breed and that none of the most popular online forums are as active as they used to be.

As far as chatting with people goes, Discord is a rather new and pretty nice service. It's like they took elements from TeamSpeak, Messenger IRC and Skype to make the ultimate IM service.

What about you?

Comparing discussion communities to social media is a joke.

It's here we can discuss topics the best. Why? Because it's unknown who's behind an account.

At Facebook, focus will soon move from the topic to who's behind and who knows who. Sure you can create a Facebook account without telling who you are and just join discussions, but that's not what circa 99 % of the users do.

plastroncafe
09-16-2017, 04:34 PM
With friends, I prefer Slack.
With a wider audience, I still prefer something like LJ/DW.
Nested comments, no keyword maximums.

And people are more likely to know how to start a new paragraph, so the writing is easier to read.

While I like tumblr for casual fandom engagements, for example fan art or new fic chapters, I don't like the format for actual conversation.

sdp
09-16-2017, 04:43 PM
I loved chatrooms when I was a kid but I changed to forums and I still love forums but as we've discussed in different threads here they are dying and it's hard to find a good community which was easy in the early 00's.

I really like twitter and have been using it since it launched so ten years or so. I like slack but no one I like uses it, that's more of a work communication tool though. If I had time I would enjoy periscope more, but I was all over streaming years ago. Discord is indeed the latest thing, I think I may like it but I haven't really had time to dwell into it and every time I enter I don't know how to use it.

CyberCubed
09-16-2017, 04:45 PM
What on earth is slack? This is the first time I'm hearing this. I swear they come out with these new things every week now.

Prowler
09-16-2017, 04:52 PM
Comparing discussion communities to social media is a joke.

It's here we can discuss topics the best. Why? Because it's unknown who's behind an account.

At Facebook, focus will soon move from the topic to who's behind and who knows who. Sure you can create a Facebook account without telling who you are and just join discussions, but that's not what circa 99 % of the users do.
Ofc that's not the main point of facebook, but that doesn't stop people from commenting news articles and engaging in arguments with others. It's particularly funny when people spew prejudiced vitriol... behind their real name and their profile picture :lol:

IndigoErth
09-16-2017, 04:56 PM
Always forums for larger audience, and used to be IMs for individual friends, but people don't use it much anymore. :ohwell:

Used MSN messenger mainly. Still wish Skype had adopted the 'winks' when it shifted users over to that.

Prowler
09-16-2017, 04:58 PM
Always forums for larger audience, and used to be IMs for individual friends, but people don't use it much anymore. :ohwell:

Used MSN messenger mainly. Still wish Skype had adopted the 'winks' when it shifted users over to that.
Discord is a good program for messing people. it also has servers for specific interests. There's servers where you can discuss Nintendo, sports, etc.

plastroncafe
09-16-2017, 05:01 PM
It's here we can discuss topics the best. Why? Because it's unknown who's behind an account.


Yeah, don't agree with this at all.
Anonymouses don't make for better discussions.

Prowler
09-16-2017, 05:50 PM
Besides, lots of people here have shared their pictures of have links to profiles and websites where you can see their real names. I find people on these forums rather open about their lives and such compared to other places.

BubblyShell22
09-16-2017, 05:54 PM
Definitely message boards for me. Easier to discuss stuff though I don't go on many message boards besides here, TMNT-L, and Stealthy Stories.

FredWolfLeonardo
09-16-2017, 08:32 PM
The technodrome forums is the best online discussion platform on the planet.

Cure
09-16-2017, 08:57 PM
I only hang out around here out of habit and because of the people I've gotten to know, to be honest. Otherwise I wouldn't be part of any fandoms or communities. Most of them are not the kind of people I wanna hang out with. I'd rather just talk about stuff with my friends and family.

Prowler
09-17-2017, 03:17 PM
What on earth is slack? This is the first time I'm hearing this. I swear they come out with these new things every week now.
I have never heard of it either.

CyberCubed
09-17-2017, 03:35 PM
I didn't even know what tumblr was till like 2014 when I started lurking it for certain show discussion. Apparently tumblr has been around since 2008 or so?

I honestly never knew what it was.

Wesley
09-17-2017, 03:46 PM
I used chat rooms a bit as a teenager (ones in Sega's Dreamarena service, for example), but I wasn't a big fan of them. I preferred message boards and still do. I don't post on Facebook or Twitter much either, though some of the stuff other people such as friends and celebrities post is interesting every now and then.

newfan
09-17-2017, 03:53 PM
At the moment:

This is the first fan site I've joined, None of the people I know are TMNT fans :)
I preferred the look of this site over some others.

Twitter I only use to follow shows and celebs, I'm not active on there, just occasional comments or I favourite posts, that's it.

Facebook I use for family and friends.

I may branch out with other fan sites, not sure..or if I start writing but I have to have talent first :lol:

So this kind of thing for discussion, it's designed for it.

Prowler
09-17-2017, 06:02 PM
I didn't even know what tumblr was till like 2014 when I started lurking it for certain show discussion. Apparently tumblr has been around since 2008 or so?

I honestly never knew what it was.
I think I first heard of tumblr around 2012 or 2013.

it's been around since 2008, really?

DestronMirage22
09-17-2017, 10:59 PM
I only use forums.
It's easy to discuss stuff on them and they feel more like a real community than other places.
I have no use for places like Facebook or Twitter since I don't have anybody IRL that I'd want to contact on there.

TurtleWA
09-17-2017, 11:10 PM
I'm not sure if "prefer" is the right word as far as my situation goes. I've never used any other form of online communication except email. I despise learning new systems. Never had anything like Facebook or Instagram etc. I still never replaced photobucket after they started charging hundreds. I only ever used photobucket and don't want to try anything else or pay $400 either. So I'm SOL on that front. If the drome ever went away I'd most likely be done for awhile with any type of online communication except for email.

CyberCubed
09-17-2017, 11:16 PM
Yeah, being born in the 80's all this social media stuff might as well be a foreign language to me. I don't know about any of this stuff, as it's "after my time."

I still remember dial-up internet, and when people used AOL for their e-mail. I feel like a dinosaur on the internet, so I mostly avoid this stuff.

Prowler
09-17-2017, 11:34 PM
Yeah, being born in the 80's all this social media stuff might as well be a foreign language to me. I don't know about any of this stuff, as it's "after my time."

I still remember dial-up internet, and when people used AOL for their e-mail. I feel like a dinosaur on the internet, so I mostly avoid this stuff.
That doesn't stop tons of middle aged people to use facebook on a daily basis, so don't act like being born in the mid-80s makes you "too old for this".

CyberCubed
09-17-2017, 11:49 PM
Well there's also the fact that I have no real use for it. I mean what I'm going to do, post some random thoughts on a social media wall? I do the same thing on forums all the time.

And besides that it feels like you can barely interact with anyone there besides people you know. Here I can post my opinions on anything and debate things on various cartoons/movies/videogames/media as I see fit.

TurtleWA
09-17-2017, 11:50 PM
Yeah, being born in the 80's all this social media stuff might as well be a foreign language to me. I don't know about any of this stuff, as it's "after my time."

I still remember dial-up internet, and when people used AOL for their e-mail. I feel like a dinosaur on the internet, so I mostly avoid this stuff.

Yeah I remember dialup and also AOL CDs with limited hours of online time. And videos only a few minutes long that I would give up on watching because it would take like an hour to load.

I used a chat room briefly around 1997. I met this girl from the UK. The funny thing is we decided to also exchange physical addresses and ended up writing a few actual pen/paper letters to each other. My parents didn't know to warn be not to give out my address. It was the 90's and the internet was still so new. I also used ICQ in 2001 for like a week and only chatted with locals from around my area.

I'm getting too old for this sh**

Prowler
09-18-2017, 12:12 AM
Well there's also the fact that I have no real use for it. I mean what I'm going to do, post some random thoughts on a social media wall? I do the same thing on forums all the time.

And besides that it feels like you can barely interact with anyone there besides people you know. Here I can post my opinions on anything and debate things on various cartoons/movies/videogames/media as I see fit.
My point is, everyone is on social media these days, including people as old or even older than your parents.

Now if you think it's pointless for you to join facebook, instagram, etc. then don't. No one is forcing you to do so.

Btw, apparently tumblr has been around since 2007, already.

TurtleWA
09-18-2017, 12:14 AM
That doesn't stop tons of middle aged people to use facebook on a daily basis, so don't act like being born in the mid-80s makes you "too old for this".

My Grandmother born in 1939 has a Facebook.

DestronMirage22
09-18-2017, 12:25 AM
My Grandmother born in 1939 has a Facebook.

Wow.
Ain't that something? :lol:

LOL, she probably has more Friends than I would too.

Just goes to show you're never too old for something. Time to go play with some toys, LOL.

TurtleWA
09-18-2017, 12:35 AM
Wow.
Ain't that something? :lol:

LOL, she probably has more Friends than I would too.
I'm not sure how many friends she has. Mostly I think she has it because it helps her be a part of and stay in contact with several family members on the east coast. Grandpa also has a smart phone. Maybe it helps them feel young, who knows really.
Just goes to show you're never too old for something. Time to go play with some toys, LOL.
Classic :lol:

Prowler
09-18-2017, 12:38 AM
My Grandmother born in 1939 has a Facebook.
That doesn't surprise me. Whenever I read the comment sections of online newspapers and such, lots of people commenting there are not younger than 55.

newfan
09-18-2017, 01:32 AM
I don't see why older people can't use social media, they don't do it as much as the young but imagine you are 50/60 and you live to you re 90, do you have to spend 30/40 years hidden away because you aren't young?
Saying that though I feel a little old for places like Tmblr, it seems more for teens and 20s but I may be wrong about that?

A lot of people use facebook (not all) just to keep up with people they know rather than join discussions etc.
Edit: One thing with being on a forum is you have common interests, you can also choose which threads you do and don't care about, on some social media you will get all subjects unless they are in groups.

ssjup81
09-18-2017, 05:09 AM
I guess message boards, but aside from here and one other, I don't really frequent them as much as I used to.

I use my Facebook PM to talk with family or friends. I use LINE, but that's more forced on me since I have to use it for work. I use Skype, but mostly to talk with my folks back home.

I don't use any other social media thing.I don't see why older people can't use social media, they don't do it as much as the young but imagine you are 50/60 and you live to you re 90, do you have to spend 30/40 years hidden away because you aren't young?Well, maybe people don't use it because they're just old-school. They prefer to speak to people face to face.

newfan
09-18-2017, 05:58 AM
I guess message boards, but aside from here and one other, I don't really frequent them as much as I used to.

I use my Facebook PM to talk with family or friends. I use LINE, but that's more forced on me since I have to use it for work. I use Skype, but mostly to talk with my folks back home.

I don't use any other social media thing.Well, maybe people don't use it because they're just old-school. They prefer to speak to people face to face.

I agree with that, I didn't mean they should use it, I meant 'why can't they' as in I've heard people comment on older people being 'too old' to use it.

Spike Spiegel
09-18-2017, 12:35 PM
Reddit for text, Tumblr for gifs and images.

Forums for discussions about niche stuff.

CyberCubed
09-18-2017, 01:37 PM
Eh, I tried going to reddit for a little while but gave up. The way the posts are formatted annoy me greatly and it's hard to even respond to anyone. To hell with reddit.

Wesley
09-18-2017, 02:31 PM
I don't have an interest in using Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, etc. Don't have a Reddit account, but I find it to be a good source of information about stuff such as tv shows and music.

MsMarvelDuckie
09-18-2017, 04:23 PM
My mom and my Grandma's husband both have FB accounts. Mom uses hers to keep in touch with family. I imagine his is about the same. Im the same way. Used to be on mine all the time but got kind of bored witth it so now I justvcheck it once in a while to keep up with my little girl's life and occasionally say hi to old friends.