I love WebmasterWorld. YES, I have a low # of posts. I'm a lurker for multiple reasons, ONE being some of the rules in place at WW. Does not mean I don't come here often and always turn here for technical issues or deep intelligent discussion on matters important to me.
What I found from reading the replies to Brett's question?
80% of the big users on WW don't have a freaking clue what Facebook or Twitter is.
I have quoted some things that I agree with and disagree with STRONGLY below and I'll comment accordingly. I'm not trying to offend anyone or pick on anyone, I respect almost all of you especially the senior members that I have sucked knowledge and tips from like a baby calf.
I think using Twitter to highlight interesting topics would increase people coming to chat. Right now, its about getting the eyeballs, then getting engaged. I'll be honest I get busy in the day and I don't visit this forum as much as I would if I knew the topics be spoken on.
This comment above is a start to social media integration. WW is already doing it, although not well, on their Twitter account here: [twitter.com
Hot topics that are getting a certain rate of replies should be coded to automatically tweet to Twitter and post to Facebook. A link shortener MUST be used and even better would be bit.ly. We can all track engagement that way and see the success of changes and sharing of information.
People come here because its a forum. I would lose interest if it became more twitter like.
I agree! However, this user probably has never used Twitter in a filtered way in any way shape or form. Twitter is just a telephone, a pager, a fax machine, a telegraph, a western union post. Don't you get it? No one wants WW to BE Twitter but it is certainly time to start utilizing it and the other largest traffic source in the United States: Facebook.
I have no time for twitter either. Call me old fashioned. (sorry for the short post ;-)
No time for Twitter? But you have time to sift through hundreds of posts on WW? 88 characters and you object to Twitter. I'm really rolling my eyes here. Stopping in to use WW like Twitter and then objecting to it is a waste of ALL of our time.
You can't solve a coding problem using twitter. Most of the twits using twitter wouldn't care about a coding problem in the first place. You can't discuss graphics presentation or issues with Flash or server tweaks using facebook. You can alert people to where solutions to these things can be found but, again, most of that crowd wouldn't care.
Long before I became a member, WW ranked at the top, and continues to rank at the top, for answers to technical questions I was stumped on. There is a top notch tech aspect to this site that will keep hardcore members coming back regardless of what you do. This site is elite and that elite status needs to be maintained. If you start chasing the "Teenybopper/Mom and Pop/Don't even know what an attachment is" crowd you'll probably get them and it will turn WW into a vastly different place.
Once again this elite programmer needs to stick to coding, he/she's clueless to what Twitter or Facebook are even for. It's extremely sad to me.
I have a programming degree. I'm not clueless to your big bad code. I've solved many great problems here at WW, Twitter, w-----r, etc etc. There are more elite programmers on Twitter and Facebook than on WebmasterWorld: FACT.
If posts on Twitter / Facebook pointing back to WW are titled with technical jargon & descriptive info they will attract the users that know about those terms and clearly know how to use Twitter and are searching or filtering for those terms / mentions.
Problem posted on WW: I need help with displaying user variables to logged in users on my CMS?
Answers Posted on WW: Problem solved in under 20 posts.
Now it gains a solved twitter / facebook link (icon). The link will broadcast a prewritten tweet / status to the logged in user's Twitter and Facebook saying:
Problem Solved on @WebmasterWorld: Help w/ displaying user variables to logged in users on CMS? bit.ly/8jsfk2
Add social icons for webmasterworld traffic to use to promote webmasterworld, that is all the social media sites are good for really, letting your traffic talk about you, not using the social sites as a site owner to promote your site.
The social media sites are good for anything you want and you can do anything on them. Boxing yourself in is a decision unto yourself. But I do agree, links should be shown everywhere on WW to share individual POSTS, Topics, Threads, etc.
I really think that once a thread has been solved it could receive a special type of promotional Twitter and Facebook icon to share and promote the success & share the expert knowledge here at WW.
What do you want, a social network or a webmaster discussion resource?
A discussion resource IS A SOCIAL NETWORK. Please wake up people. Twitter and Facebook are only evolutions of our old amazing forums. They're quicker, nimbler and WAY more successful. We are a NICHE Social Network.
WW = The social network of, hehe, Webmasters (such a nostalgic term)
The aim is not to make WW a social network as we see Twitter and Facebook but to integrate it, like yesterday. Brett is doing a GREAT job by allowing open discussion and looking for outside answers. It's gotten too dusty around here and I won't keep my mouth shut any longer. :)
Twitter = Faux News, CNN, Etc.
WebmasterWorld = PBS
No, Twitter = ALL NEWS
WebmasterWorld = Webmaster News
Once again, 80% of people think Twitter is about CNN and breakfast. They have never really used the site. I'm shocked that such intelligent individuals cannot figure out how to filter the vast information of Twitter and Facebook into their beloved little information powerhouse. I'm beginning to think the knowledge around here is becoming a bit stale. :/
Can forums in this format survive?
How can the format be tweaked to encourage quality discussions?
How can we stay relevant?
No Brett. In "this" format this forum will wind down like a BBS losing landlines to call it.
Integrate social media and think about a hybrid system that uses Twitter / Facebook shares to rank the posts in a section that has some hot topics, threads, posts of the week, month and year.
WW IS relevant in it's niche. It needs a voice and most of that can be given as a job of "choice / voting" by the users. People want to share what is important or useful to them. This is why there are niche social media users that aren't talking about CNN or Ashton, GASP!
I posted my solutions here: [webmasterworld.com
which I don't think travelin_cat was thrilled with but I respect his opinion a lot. Whether he knows it or not, I've been watching him. :D
Read pageoneresults post. Simply put, right on the money.