I was recently invited to a Japanese Linkedin Group (in English) and it struck me at the time that I don’t really use forums outside LinkedIn anymore.
However, maybe the change is deeper than I first realised.
After joining the group there have been a few posts on the forum, but I’ve had more response via direct messages/emails and I’ve now connected with a few from the group via Skype.
For me Skype has previously been a tool to communicate to people I know in real life, but this experience connecting with people throughout the world via the Japanese LinkedIn forum is not a stand alone incident.
More and more I find I communicate with people around the globe via all sorts of means, but less and less frequently on forums, it is like forums have become slow and cumbersome compared to a quick Skype chat.
But instant messaging seems to lack the breadth of various topics and the ability to search and capture discussions.
Maybe that is where Google Wave steps in; it has the history functionality of forums, but the speed of instant messaging…