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Man City Forums On The Whole Are Dying

Quite a remarkable headline don't you think? But, having trawled through dozens of unofficial Manchester City forums, blogs and the like I have to say my research is startling to say the least.

During this article I will NOT mention any forum / site name and if I can help it I will try and avoid insinuating or pointing my finger at any one site. In addition, I will not make a leading statement about which site is better than any other.

Forums

On the 29 March 2011 one site administrator told their members they were seriously thinking about closing the forums down as the level of activity had almost come to a standstill. The plea was basically post a comment and support us or we close.

There are other forums which haven't had a post in weeks, if not months. And then there are others who seem to survive on a small handful of hardcore and loyal members. Of course it's not all doom and gloom as there is one City site which on average has around 500 registered members online throughout the peak period. Plus, if there is a huge breaking news story total viewers can easily reach four figures.

Have we spread ourselves too thin?

Its inevitable the bigger you become the greater risk of in-house fighting there will be. In the end the obvious happens and a splinter group creates their own site. I've seen it on at least four separate independent forums, including my very own Vital Manchester City.

Blogs

There were some very well known blogs who began their life with a bang and have now have crashed and in doing so died a slow and miserable death. What a shame especially when there are dozens of creative and innovative City writers out there.

I appreciate there are a small handful of blogs who publish an article every now and again but in the main there can't be more than half a dozen, if that who manage to keep their blog up to date.

Competition

The Internet is constantly evolving and I have to say since the advent of social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook even my own forum stats have began to plummet. Now I'm not saying this is the whole cause but I think they have something to do with it.

The Future

I can envisage fewer unofficial Man City related forums / websites. Yes, some will close down, some will reinvent themselves and other will replace the ones who disappear. However, in the end there will only be a handful which will test the tide of time. Which ones will they be? If I knew that I would be trying my luck at tonight's National Lottery.

To every unofficial Manchester City network...cheers and good health.

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You may have seen this widget before on other VMC articles. Its in real time and its shows where in the world you are reading this article from. Nothing too scientific but if nothing else I like it! Oh, I forgot to say, the red dots are from previous visitors.








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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 2 2011

Time: 6:52PM

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Maybe it's time some forums joined together to create a SUPER Forum ?
gazzabazza
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02/04/2011 19:54:00

There is one massively popular City forum that monopolizes possibly 80-90% of online City fandom. It's initials are BM but I won't name it as I love VMC and wouldn't want any of it's regulars departing. But outside of that huge forum there are a set of smaller, but more community-driven forums that could probably benefit from coming together. One such forum broke off from VMC after some disputes, which I found unfortunate and wish could have been remedied, as VMC would be busier now. I post here, at BM, and also as a moderator at a big football website's City forum which is practically dead except for occasional posts from a few people.
StuMCFC
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02/04/2011 20:48:00

I know, let's all barrel off to the doomsdayfest that is the MUEN! Seriously though, this is a really thought provoking article.
Johnny Baguette
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02/04/2011 20:58:00

Some of the negative nancies on the MUEN site though are obvious rag agent provocateurs. Doesn't help that they let rag journalists cover our club in the MUEN and every single article has to mention them.
StuMCFC
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02/04/2011 21:12:00

It is true, but they do tend to drift away if the material in the topics are not fresh and interesting. I have been here when only one or two have been the only posters for weeks, but I also think it has its up and downs , I am sure the internatiuonal breaks don't help and when the transfer window closes, there is a deathly hush for a while.
Buzz Lightyear
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02/04/2011 21:16:00

I suspect Facebook and Twitter are the real reasons for the demise in traffic on football forums - social media is verry addictive, and anything that occupies people's time online will detract fropm the ammount of time they spend on blogs/forums.
fifthcolumnblue
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03/04/2011 09:56:00

I have received a reply via email from a City forum editor. You can read it if you wish via the City Chat forum. I wonder if other club unofficial sites are suffering from a down-turn as many of us are?
tudor
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03/04/2011 10:31:00

Spot on 5th. I personally deactivated my Facebook account a few months back as it was proving too much to maintain away from VMC. Tbh, I found it really wasn't my cup of tea either. For me, it just doesn't have real substance. But there's no doubt YouTwitFace has had an impact on football forums. I'm with Paul Weller on this one: "Facebook is the new opium for the masses...I do think that technology is good for certain things, but I do also think that the a**e end of that is there's just a lot of time wasted."
Johnny Baguette
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03/04/2011 11:07:00

Twitter and FB are ok, but you dont get the buzz like you do on forum sites likes these dedicated ones.
Buzz Lightyear
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03/04/2011 14:07:00

City fans dont have anything to moan about anymore, the club is in the ascension and they dont know how to cope. Or because of facebook/twitter.
eighthsin
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03/04/2011 18:55:00

Your "Vital" site is a lot busier than some others, and well moderated too! As a Yid I post on many Vital sites; on many other sites my posts are taken down if they aren't 100% "towing the party line", but you guys allow the debate and banter, even if I sometimes say things that aren't popular, that's really commendable. The one thing I would suggest is that when you have up to 6 articles a day, it makes it hard to get debate started between a group underneath,,,the Vital Spurs site rarely has more than 3 articles a day, so all Spurs fans end up chatting on the latest article (whether we're "on-topic" or not, at least it keeps us chatting!)
The Horses Mouth
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04/04/2011 03:05:00

 

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