Some of my forums, which have operated 12 years or longer, are experiencing attrition as folks move to Facebook. I have an FB presence though I don't "play", but that presence (and their "friends" to me) also provides solid metrics of those leaving my forums and migrating to FB for the same thing--and getting diluted horribly because of "friends this" and "friends that". Could this be the end of the beginning and social networks ala FB etc becoming the "next big thing?" and killing single topic forums?
These things move glacially, but they do move. Wondering if we forum operators need to punch things up, or throw in the towel? (I'm not doing the latter, but I can see some handwriting on the wall... so to speak!).