"What do you want to say this week?"
"Oh I don't know - anything will do. What's the president up to?"
"That's not the attitude, Billy, why I remember when you started this business nigh on three years ago and boy, you weren't flacid my son"
"Well I liked writing about stuff that I found interesting. That was natural. But there's no relation between interesting things and a regular publishing schedule. I let the quality drop, it was either that or not publish. Now it's three years later and I barely recognise my thoughts so categorised into 'publisher' with 'headlines' and five main stories, ten on a weekend - I would have been as happy saying what I wanted in a cartoon. The audience broke me, but I wanted their attention. I've become a whore you know."
"All your base are belong to us"
Yes, but how many of them are active? Something like 70-80% of all people that join an online community walk away from it for good in less than a week. Another 15% or so only last ~30 days. The number of people signed up to MeFi doesn't mean much in and of itself.
The last time we rehashed this "Whither MeFi" discussion, I went back into the archives to see if things are really that different now. To me, they aren't. The same various categories of links were posted in roughly the same ratios to each other as they are now. The only difference is that there are quite a few more of them in any 24-hour period. A lot of this reminiscing about "the good old days of MeFi" seems to be The Way We Weren't.
Well, there's one other difference between then and now: The MeFi population is no longer composed only of people who were the core participants of paleoblogging. And thus it's no longer composed only of the people Cam wants to be around. His buddies, the elites of the design/blogging communities no longer totally dominate the action here, thus he doesn't want to waste his veddy veddy important time slumming it with the Teeming Millions. So, hey, fine. Door, ass, etc. Another place will eventually open up that only includes his kind of people. And then it will slowly be "watered down" by an influx of uncool newbies. Which will lead to another new place. Lather, rinse, repeat.
And yes, it's true that any community that closes itself off to new members will die, period. That's not an option if you want MeFi to stick around.posted by aaron at 11:08 PM on February 27, 2001
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