Social Groups Fail
by, 27th April 2011 at 09:27 AM (264 Views)
The title of this entry says it all. Currently, I only know of two social groups that receive semi-frequent updates. One is $aturn's fanclub, and the other is the boob group. While I'm sure that some people will comment saying "No! This social group gets updated pretty frequently!" They're missing my point. Social groups are, on the whole, a pretty spectacular failure. We all belong to at least twenty groups (Once again, I know that there are some exceptions to that rule, but in most cases it's applicable) and that seems to be the only reason for them. We see something interesting, join up, post once, then forget about it for good. The social group RPing teams, which seem to be the only really big successes for social groups, are illegal. Why are social groups such a big failure? Here is the reason why I think social groups failed
There isn't any way to see if there is a new post in a group without looking at it (or subscribing to email). Because of the huge number of groups most people are in, neither of these is a feasible way of seeing if anything has happened. If you tried checking each group, you would waste hours, and in you subscribed to every group, you would get such a deluge of email (assuming the groups were active) that it would take even longer to check all the groups. Now, when I say notifications I'm not actually talking about the kind you get when you are VMd. It's more along the lines of the little icon next to a thread changing to show that there are new messages in it. Hmmm, yeah, social groups would work a lot better if they were threads? Now I wonder why we don't do that? Oh wait, we did! And then we decided to close those threads in favor of social groups!
Seriously, I think we should bring the club threads back. That would not only cut down on the number of totally inconsequential social groups, It would also create social groups that people would actually use! Who agrees with me?
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