How important are fan sites still?

Just thinking about fan sites today, and how a lot of the action seems to have moved to Twitter and Facebook. I’m all for new ideas and ways to communicate, and these networking sites seem like a good way of spreading information quickly – but seriously, is anyone today going to read old Twitter posts from, say, September of last year? All of that stuff is pretty much lost after a few weeks, if not days. Which is unfortunate if you’re not that familiar with an artist and want to find some basic information, or a good source for photos, etc. You want some structured information that’s only a few clicks away. You won’t find it amongst all the real-time chat and cluttered posts on Twitter. And yet, that seems to be where everyone’s spending their time at the moment.

I just hope that well-structured, regularly maintained fan sites and message boards don’t completely disappear. You can look back at a forum topic from 2005 today because it’s easy to find and with a bit of luck, links and photos will still be working… but would you know how to find a comment that was posted on Facebook in 2005? It’s like a place without history… it’s all just about the present. If you share your opinion about something on Twitter today, anyone who doesn’t read it at that same moment is unlikely to ever take notice.

All this means that a co-existence can definitely make sense – using social networking to make others aware of something that’s happening right now, getting the word out quickly. But these places just can’t be a collection of useful stuff that will still help people in years to come. We need both, and unfortunately, ‘real’ websites don’t seem to be the big thing at the moment.

With that in mind, please support your favourite fan site or message board today. You’ll be doing your favourite artist a big favour.


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2 Responses to How important are fan sites still?

  1. The main problem is that most people do not take the time to really read a fansite. They just want the quick update from their favorite artist. Pictures are wide spread over the internet and almost all the time shared via the social media. To those who become new fans, well, they run out of luck of have to trust in something like Wikipedia. I love your shout out to the world. We need those sites. For the simple fact that they can hold facts that get lost in todays timeline traffic.

  2. Thank you very much for your feedback. I’m glad someone else feels the same. Yes, much of it is probably down to people’s unwillingness to actually read through a piece of text if it’s longer than the infamous 140 characters. Hopefully, that trend will revert at some point. I believe fan sites are the best source of information about an artist.

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