It was only 5/6 years ago when social media started gaining hundreds of millions of users. We're still in the early days of community building across the web. I wonder if over the course of the next decade or so there will be a science dedicated to doing an archaeological style deep dive into these old communities. What was their niche and what communities did they diverge to? Did they have a goal? What were their politics? What did they create? What games did they play?
That, together with preservation, is a question I ask myself quite often.
One of the challenges in this space is that it's very hard to re-create the tech stacks that powered those communities. Even if we were able to do that, the context around them would be completely different! Also, are we _sure_ we want to preserve those conversations for posterity, or is it better to remain anonymous?
There's a cool book, "Lurking" by Joanne McNeil, that discusses (some) of these things!
@raelzero That's interesting! I forget, don't you have a PhD in CompSci for seeing how the internet affects a person as they grow up? If so, I'd imagine this would be something in your realm right?
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