[ProgSoc] Observation: mailing lists vs. social media / chat / etc.
roland at rolandturner.com
Tue May 28 10:06:15 AEST 2019
An amateur radio group that I'm part of has just migrated from Yahoo!
Groups to Groups.io because Yahoo! is essentially dying. A member asked:
> Wouldn't Facebook groups be easier and a little more user friendly?
Various group members mentioned disdain for (or not having an account
on) Facebook, however the group owner replied:
> They are really for different uses. groups.io <http://groups.io> works
> better for a persistent history of information and FB is great for
> sharing events and pics etc..
> I will set up a FB page.
It occurs to me that something similar is relevant for ProgSoc. In
digging up material for my 30th anniversary talk I made extensive use of
the list archive. Setting aside that Facebook wasn't around in the '90s,
even accessing and searching 5-year-old posts on Facebook is difficult.
Discord is a great tool, but I do wonder whether moving the centre of
communication onto it isn't setting up a giant memory hole.
(I acknowledge that list activity is on a long-term decline anyway and
that this is not just a ProgSoc problem; it just strikes me as an
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