Future Features Coming to Forums

Discussion in 'Managing an Online Community' started by dvduval, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. dvduval

    dvduval Adherent

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    As I've watched Google develop the Chrome browser it certainly appears that their plan is to make it so the browser will do about as much as a mobile app will do. This possibility is exciting to me because I think that means that there will be a day in the not-too-distant future where forums can have features like:
    1. Video Chat
    2. Voice Calls
    3. Voice Messages
    4. Location Check-ins
    5. Notifications
    Perhaps some of these features are already somewhat available in a limited fashion, but maybe not to the level of a mobile app. I think it's coming. What do you think?
     
  2. TrixieTang

    TrixieTang Politically Incorrect

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    1. No.
    2. No.
    3. No.
    4. Not entirely sure what this means. Is this referring to the whole location-sharing feature that you can find on Twitter and such?
    5. This is already a feature on most modern forums.

    Forums have their purpose - being an alternative to Skype is not that purpose.
     
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  3. Alex.

    Alex. The Ancient Dragon

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    I'd go for a feature that allowed me, and only me, to electrocute others with a cattle prod that appeared out of thin air on their side of the screen. Someday.... :LOL:
     
  4. Kevin

    Kevin Oooh, something shiny!

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    If I wanted to talk to somebody voice or leave them a voice message I think I'd just, you know, call them on the phone. :coffee:
     
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  5. haqzore

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    I don't know...

    I appreciate the perspective of forum "purists" and do think "pure" forums have a purpose... But I think it's a mistake to avoid potential features.

    Don't want to use Video chat or Location check-ins? No worries - don't.

    But I'm not the most visionary Admin - so it excites me to imagine what others might accomplish with new capabilities.

    At the risk of beating the dead horse - I think ignoring potential is part of what let Social Media leap ahead.
     
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  6. TrixieTang

    TrixieTang Politically Incorrect

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    At some point, it stops being a forum and it starts being some sort of weird Skype clone that has an attached forum.
     
  7. haqzore

    haqzore Devotee

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    It can, yes.

    But I think S. Media / Discord have proven that water (users) flows the path of least resistance.

    Isn't it better to have these "abilities" in our holster to deploy as needed, understanding they're optional?
     
  8. Nev_Dull

    Nev_Dull Anachronism

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    Just to be clear. A forum is a forum, not something else. You can create a site that includes a variety of technologies and communication media that suit your particular needs, however the forum part will still be the same threaded discussion that it has always been.

    If the problem is that users prefer some other medium to forums for communicating and sharing ideas, then the best course is to abandon the threaded discussion forum and go with that other medium, rather than trying to attach other technologies and media to the forum in the hopes that some will use the forum as well.

    I believe that there will always be a need for the forum as a means for discussion and communication. That need may be smaller than it once was, because there are now other technologies and media serve some of those needs better. To me, that just means we now have more choices in how best to serve our users. It doesn't mean we need to reshape forums into something they aren't meant to be.
     
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  9. dvduval

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    Over the last five years I've been learning Chinese, and as a result I've been spending a lot of time on Chinese sites. It is amazing how many users are using live streaming and voice chat and voice messages as part of a social experience. It is inevitable that these source of features will be available on forums in the future.

    Of course that doesn't mean that each form experience will be the same. That is certainly true in the Chinese communities. Some are all about the social feed. Some are all about the live streaming. Some are all about the chatting with friends. There are a multitude of combinations that I think we really aren't seeing nearly as much in the West as yet.
     
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