The 64th Gamer




i’ll just be controversial and say discord is not real social media. it’s fine communication platform but it is not Posting! saying you’re gonna move to discord is like saying you’re gonna move to facebook messenger get outta here

Discord is just privatised forums

That’s correct and it’s funny, because if you’ve been on the internet long enough, this has happened before.

Like, around 2000 I was in a couple forums that were hosted on free forum hosters, the early version of Discord and Reddit and the like.

And guess what? It ended up terrible! The sites kept adding more ads (including pop-ups!) and new “features” that were terrible, we didn’t have much control over themes or features, and there was always a spam problem, which we couldn’t really combat and they sure as fuck weren’t doing anything about it.

So guess what happened? We made our own, self-hosted forums. Those could be customized, they could be ad-free, we could control what features we wanted or didn’t want. Some of those forums are still running today, two entire decades later.

And it’s the same thing that’s happening with the Twitter exodus now. People are leaving Twitter and many of them are building their own socials in the form of mastodon, and others are joining private sites like bluesky. Which one will work best and which one will still be around in 20 years? Well, we’ll see, but I know where my money is.

(you could even trace it back farther to 80s/90s online services like AOL/Prodigy/Compuserve vs the open internet. Yeah those systems were nice if you were just starting out and didn’t know how this worked, but any community you built there is long, long gone)