Death of a Social Forum Site

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Death of a Social Forum Site

Postby tabbynera » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:54 pm

I have belonged to the Multiply Social Site for a few years. I like it. It is a place to share photos, writing and other creative stuff. I have good groups of colleagues, people I have neve met or seen but somehow part of a family. Sometimes I might host a group, and the following week it is done by someone else. For photos, you choose a subject and everyone gives their contribution. We also have a place for photos with words. Again someone gives the theme and your photo appears with the appropriate words. The writing is mostly done according to a photo you might get. No-one has to do anything, it is all voluntary and fun. Some time ago Multiply transferred its headquarters to Djakarta in Indonesia and started allowing marketing groups. People selling stuff, but it never really interrupted the social side of things. We bloggers just really ignored it, but we had our suspicions and today it became public. Multiply is closing their social site on 1st. December. Of course they will help to transfer all blogs to another site of your choice, blah, blah, blah. Another example of how money rules. I backed up my works parrallel in WordPress and I also had a site in Blogger for backup, but not so much. Most of us in Multiply transferred to that place when Yahoo 350 closed down.

So why am I writing all this which probably is of no interest to anyone. I am going to miss Multiply, the creative groups and a lot of people. Of course, we are now discussing where to go, and I hope somehow we all stay together. We are an international group.

Some of us are also in Facebook where we also meet, but that is more, hello how are you. We all agree that a social site like Facebook cannot be compared to what we had in Multiply. So am interested to know how it develops further.
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Re: Death of a Social Forum Site

Postby Barryoneoff » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:02 pm

This one won't be far behind it I'm afraid. :( Without the input from members it's impossible to compete with sites like facebook.
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Re: Death of a Social Forum Site

Postby tabbynera » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:23 pm

Beg to disagree a little bit. Facebook is on its own really. There are still many that don't want anything to do with Facebook, whatever their reasons are. I don't have a problem with it but some do. This site is something unique, for people more or less sharing the same roots, although open for all. We differ in our ideas and opinions, that is what life influences, but basically we are East Enders. We are not so many compared to other sites, and our contributions are perhaps few and far between.

Multiply is international, thousands from all over the world, enjoying what we built ourselves and many regret the demise. Most of the colleagues I have are going into Blogger (I am already there, but must revive it a bit) and others to WordPress where I am in any case.
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Re: Death of a Social Forum Site

Postby Barryoneoff » Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:48 am

But is it worth me keep ploughing cash into a site (webspace isn't cheap these days) when only a handfull of members bother to make a posting, even though the log shows that many more are passing through daily, without making any effort at all? :(
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Re: Death of a Social Forum Site

Postby jo » Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:26 am

i see where you are coming from barry , there are a number of eastend sites on facebook,but you could put a barryoneoff page on there .also i belong to a group in webs which is free .dont blame you for thinking this way it is a shame though .
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Re: Death of a Social Forum Site

Postby tabbynera » Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:52 am

I can understand you very well Barry, it is disappointing when it only wakes up now and again. There are some bright sparks over at Multiply that are contemplating buying the server or something like that from Multiply and doing their own thing. It is a lot of work, costs money and has to function. That will never work.
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Re: Death of a Social Forum Site

Postby johnworc » Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:50 pm

That's a shame, Pat, when a 'blogging' site that specialises, as Multiply did, gets sucked into commercial mainstream.

Facebook has very limited uses in my opinion. I mainly keep an eye on it to see what a few people are doing but mostly because my daughter occasionally puts photos or short videos of my 3-y-o grandson onto Facebook. They live in Canberra and I'm in Melbourne - so helps bridge that gap. I can use Skype with webcam and I do this with my son who works in Jakarta: but usually when he can get onto it his little children have gone off to sleep! They're 3 hours behind us.

The ELF has been a fascinating Forum, Barry, and you're to be thanked for providing the site - with your interest and your tech skills. It's certainly much appreciated. Of late, I can't get the time to check every day - problem of modern life I suppose: also giving over most weekends to the love life (a good thing but time-consuming!)

I like the East End connection but often the discussion ranges farther and wider. And with nice people who contribute.

It's a long time ago since we left the East End (1830s !!) but I grew up knowing something about it from family stories and, having had the interest kicked off, always through media (radio and films in the 1950s especially), I always thought of us as having Shoreditch origins. I was always happy to walk around the City's eastern end and around Shoreditch on those very rare visits.
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Re: Death of a Social Forum Site

Postby tabbynera » Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:09 am

Things seem to be moving in Multiply, although their exists no site in comparison with the different cultural groups, but many are now in Blogger, where I am also and we have a couple of months to set some stuff up. In facebook there is already a Multiply refugee group which I means we still have contact with each other, as many are already in Facebook. Somehow we will survive, I am sure.
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Re: Death of a Social Forum Site

Postby Rosey » Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:32 pm

I would be very sad if this site folded. :(
I dont like Facebook, and dont use it much.
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Re: Death of a Social Forum Site

Postby tabbynera » Wed Aug 08, 2012 7:09 pm

I don't mind facebook, I can take it or leave it. Very handy for keeping contact - I have a site from my old school Central Foundation where we oldies catch up on stuff, now a Multiply site, and a few sites connected with authors and their works as well as composers. On that side of things I find it quite good. Otherwise I just ignore the stupid I love this and that stuff. I have absolutely no problem there at all. I even meet Barry now and again and give him a like (there are no unlike buttons there)
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