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Old 03-29-2021, 05:43 AM
Join Date: Dec 2006
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Whether it's goods, services, entertainment, information, community, or whatever, the internet era has shown us that people want a one stop shop. That's why Amazon is so big and why so many Facebook groups about every imaginable thing are so popular. RCU and other forums are much like the old mom and pop shops that WalMart and Target put out of business. There is better quality and a passion in the boutique shop for sure, but people are generally willing to give that up for convenience.
The forums that survive will probably have to come up with a hybrid model where their social media presence fuels discussions that then get saved in the forums or redirects people to the forum in some way. I don't know how that would look exactly because I'm not the future billionaire who will get it right. But the standalone forum is fading away, much like the standalone company website already has.