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post #1 of 13 Old 09-01-2014, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Is social media killing the regular forums?

Just noticing that there seems to be less and less traffic on regular motorcycle forums (not just this one), and yet the bike pages on Facebook are thriving with lots of members and interaction... Very dynamic compared to the regular forums. I also recognize lots of people from these and other motorcycle forums on the Facebook pages. Do you think eventually that the Facebook style medium will win out over the conventional forums format? I like the interactivity of the Facebook pages but I find information very hard to search for unless it's stickied at the top of the page. Just curious on other peoples views .

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Personally I don't use Facebook. Tried it and didn't like it. It's probably better now than it was then but I don't see myself rushing back.

There is a local VW forum I used to frequent. Since they started up a Facebook page the forum traffic is very slow, too almost none. I suppose forums will eventually only be frequented by dinosaurs like me who don't use Facebook.

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There are two problems with Facebook that keep me off of it as a replacement for KLRForum.

First, if someone posts up a good answer and you'd like to find it several days later, good luck. Weeks later, no way.

Second, if there is one member, say a guy on the "Kawasaki KLR 650 Owners" page who decides that he needs to share every Instagram photo of a KLR and most of the details of his life, the signal to noise ratio goes into the cellar. Two or three or 10 guys sharing pictures of the same old shit and it becomes hard to use as a source of immediate information and unusable as a repository.

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I guess I'm now one of those "old people stuck in a time warp" we used to make fun of as kids; old neighbor ladies who still still wore dresses and even sun bonnets outside and had and used those wind-up phonographs that took the records that are about 1/4" thick, listening to 1930's music, hacking the heads off chickens on a stump in their back yard, didn't even own a car much less drive one, sharing their dead husbands' WW1 horror stories with us, etc.

We always referred to them as "The Ancient Ones" and regarded them with equal amounts of fear and curiosity.

I own and ride one but don't consider myself a huge KLR Nut. I learn a lot from this site that could be handy in the future but mostly I just think there are some cool and interesting folks on this forum so I stick around to see what they have to say.

I don't have anything against Facebook but have never had any interest in using it.




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Personally I don't use Facebook......
Thought I was the only one. Don't see a need to keep up with everyone I know that much. You can tell me what has been happening when we see each other.

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The search function does suck on the Facebook forum, and I know exactly what Tom means about one person flooding the page with instagram photo's of every KLR he runs across .

I was just curious if others had noticed a decline in forum activity since the advent of the Facebook enthusiast pages, or if it was just my imagination.

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The way I see it those who want to be here will continue to come.

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I'm too old and set in my ways to attempt to navigate the torturous paths in Facebook.
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You won't find me on facebook either. Studies show the more one is on facebook, the more depressed they are.

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I see all my friends addicted to Facebook , always checking, posting, personally I would rather be KLR'n!!! Living it, not reading about it. I learn a lot here, I'll check in here often!!
Thanks for all the great information.
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