Bookmark: Fandom Moving Platforms

Link: Why Did Fans Flee LiveJournal, and Where Will They Go After Tumblr?

This article is interview with the Casey Fiesler, who is doing the research on the fandom in the internet. The conversation was connected to her paper, exploring the time trends of which platforms were popular for fandom during this time.

There were three interesting points, that I took from this article.

  1. Quitting requires alternative

Usually, for people to start moving from the platform to the platform, two of the things need to happen. The first one is for the platform to lose the trust. For example to start deleting the stuff without reason, or with the reason the people do not agree with.

But for people to start moving, an alternative needs to also exist. And not just a place, where they can do the same thing, it also needs to have a critical mass of people for the move to really start.

  1. Internet has both archive and social component

There are two important parts of the internet, and people search for both of them. Even if they end up being in different place. But people need to have a place to do both.

In the fandom, AO3 can be considered a good representation of the archive part, while Tumblr is a good representation of the social part.

  1. The importance of group boundaries

The third interesting point, that I got from this interview is, that bounded groups tend to have an easier time enforcing the social norms of that group, and not the general platform.

This is one of the reason why fandom inappropriate policing can be done on platforms like Tumblr or Twitter.