06/04/2020 (Thu) 00:36:13
I heard a youtube guy talking about how it only takes a few weeks, two months tops to break a consumer's habit. That's the reality of using any forum as well I'd say. For whatever reason a lot of people end up with these brand loyalties to various websites. Look at Microsoft poaching a couple big twitch streamers yet they don't get quite the same audience over there because people mentally have some loyalty to a faceless corporation.
In this same way people were loyal to 8chan/8kun and were probably content to just wait until it came back. By the time it did they probably found other hobbies, or other things to do.
Think about your own time on the internet. In the early 00s there were vB forums I'd use daily, but as I stretched my wings I learned how rule cucked they were which led to my own exodus and I came to find image boards, 4chan first, then the cycle repeats itself. As this happens with others, it's like a fractal, just stretching out, there are a lot of anons everywhere but some become dominated by niche interests and stick to small boards, some have beefs with admins for various reasons and won't use this site or that site. Look at the sum total of webring activity and you can tell that they're, that we're still out there, but at the moment there's not lightning rod, no call to arms like there was with gamergate, or trump, chanology, etc.
Maybe these trying times could be one, but at the same time our ranks are becoming stagnant, we're getting old and comfy, and it's hard to get out there and find new blood. The 10-15 years ago the average kid used a desktop or laptop PC, now it's all a mobile device, they're attracted to platforms based on web apps, not on websites.
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