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Curious to see how activity will change over the next few months


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I'm eager to see how activity around GDC and the 'green day community' (lower case, as in, not the location, but the fan base as a whole) changes over the next several months as the band starts doing promo again and goes back on tour. 

Around the release we saw such a huge influx of users. Monthly traffic last month here on GDC was more than 75% higher than the same time last year. Expected. Unfortunately November this month was down 26% from October. Also expected since there's a whole lot of conversation and interest when a new album is released. 

I'm still hopeful that with a new single and more promo coming things will pick back up again. This place does pretty well when the tour is active as fans want a central place to organize and talk. While most of the world moves on to Facebook pages and groups, there's something unique and special about communicating on a forum dedicated to a topic you care about. In the back of my mind I'm always worried that with the advent of new social media, communities like this one will be less and less popular. But over the last couple years, seeing the type of people that end up here has only convinced me that places like GDC will remain a unique attraction and a worthwhile one. It's not as passive as something like a Facebook page. Members have to actively engage if they want to be part of the community. 

So hopefully that will remain true for a while, and hopefully activity will pick back up as fans come back to look at a central place to talk to like-minded people when the tour kicks back off.

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Wouldn't it be "Green Day community" because "Green Day" is still the name of something?

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Steven Seagull

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Green Day is the last thing why I visit this place anyway, so you can change the name to Donald Trump community again.

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End Of The World

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3 minutes ago, Jane Lannister said:

doesn't like Green Day >>>>>>> joins a Green Day fan forum 

It would be a fantastic meme :lol:

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Beer'postle

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3 hours ago, Steven Seagull said:

Green Day is the last thing why I visit this place anyway, so you can change the name to Donald Trump community again.

Well thankfully nobody really cares about what you think. :)

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Beerjeezus

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17 minutes ago, crock6000 said:

I personally hate reddit. It's so impersonal.  To me if forums are on the way out, which I never thought of, that would probably seal my fate on the modern era of communication because I refuse to kickstart in new social media avenues for personal use.  Only business.

I have no personal Instagram, barely touch my FB anymore, my Twitter account is two fold as I have one for business that is run by a Millennial and my personal one that i have like 400 followers and thats it.  I have no desire to branch out personally into social media more than I already am.  Forums provide a wonderful, semi-anonymous way to get very close to like minded people and then occasionally to meet one or two.  I think I've been a member of this forum for 7 or 8 years and I've met from here a total of maybe 10-15 people of any real significance as far as "meeting".  But to the point, I never thought of this as a small forum.

I go to two forums now.  This one (which as you can see by my post count average of 1 per day when it looks like I post 30x a day) is because I usually fall off and don't come back for a year or three and a sports forum for my University of Florida Gators Gatorcountry.com and that's it.

I somehow, I think because of my personal relationship with this album, have become semi-addicted to this forum simply because you guys have served as an excellent and caring backstop for me to share ideas and thoughts with and I truly love you all for it.

You won't get that on Reddit.

I agree about Reddit, it's very impersonal and that puts me off ' talking to people on GDC is much more fun. 

I'm not much into social media - I've got instagram but don't post much and Facebook which I visit occassionally. 

I'm totally hooked to this forum though. 

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End Of The World

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I hate FB or anything else...

The main thing I like of this forum is that I can discuss with a lot of people about anything, and I'm saying ANYTHING related to GD, that is my first thought these days.

If I talk to any of my friends of GD, no one would care about it. And that makes me feel sad.

But then I remember: there is GDC. :)

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End Of The World

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3 minutes ago, crock6000 said:

Try being my age and as big of a fan as you are and the desire and joys of speaking about the band with others is almost non-existent outside of GDC. Its tiring being an adult fanboy. :)

I can understand you, it must be difficult... But here, adult or teen we are all GD fan and that's great.

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I love Reddit, but not for Green Day discussion. The GD subreddit is ok, but unlike GDC it doesn't seem like a place where you can really talk about anything in-depth because conversation jumps around so much and the life-span of a convo is pretty short.

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Beerjeezus

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7 hours ago, Andres said:

I love Reddit, but not for Green Day discussion. The GD subreddit is ok, but unlike GDC it doesn't seem like a place where you can really talk about anything in-depth because conversation jumps around so much and the life-span of a convo is pretty short.

Yeah exactly, it's not bad but not really satisfying in comparison with gdc.

And approx every 10th post starts with "I met Billie Joe and..."

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RougeRogue

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A couple of thoughts occurred to me based on this:

1 - How many other bands or artists had viable forums in their fandom history? How many still exist? I can recall being a part of 4 different GD forum spaces during my "prime" as a developing fan. But I never had this experience with any other artist except maybe for one. Perhaps I don't know how to locate central fan sites? Maybe I was never interested in doing so? This gives me a lack of perspective on whether GD's forum existence was and is unique to them/us, or simply seems that was because of my exclusivity with it.

2 - GDC is extremely active in comparison to even the "official" forum. I have tried a number of times to get into being on the Idiot Club forum, but it never interests me and I think that largely has to do with how little activity is there in comparison. Topics are basic and replies aren't frequent if you really look at it. I don't know what my point is with pointing this out, other than to show a reason I feel like I still come here. You made a good place, Andres. And I love that I've been around to watch it ebb and flow for a decade.

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DeJennsitized

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I'm involved in three main fandoms and the way I engage is different in each one, which is kinda fascinating to me. Outside GDC, I rarely see Green Day things on the social media I visit (as a result I was pretty out of the loop during the years I didn't visit this place). This is really the only place I can discuss my favourite band with others; on twitter it feels like I'm yelling into the void :lol: 

I got one fandom that I mostly engage with via Tumblr, and one fandom that is so small now that it's gone from a single thread on a wider forum to just friends in a Facebook chat group. And it's cool because I can visit the specific places to talk about things I love depending on which one is occupying my mind these days (and since August it's mostly been Green Day lol)

And I don't get reddit at all. It just seems like a big wall of text to me, I can't really make sense of it!

GDC is really unique - the people here come here specifically to have discussions (whereas you get the feeling the Idiot Nation forum members only post because they paid for a membership and feel they have to).

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I agree with what Jenn and some others said, GDC is the most unique place on the internet really... Besides being the best place for Green Day news, you can be sure you'll find people willing to discuss pretty much any topic here. I found that you actually learn a bunch of stuff about people from all over the world, foreign countries and current events by coming on here regularly. I think it really broadened my horizons when I spent a lot of time on GDC at the age of 15-17. I don't know how I've gone without coming here for 3-4 years, I'm enjoying it so much now, especially with the Green Day tour coming up :happy: 

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AlissaGoesRAWR

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Have you SEEN those Green Day groups/pages/events on Facebook? No way. Never again. :wacko: #GDC4life

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Beerjeezus

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8 hours ago, AlissaGoesRAWR said:

Have you SEEN those Green Day groups/pages/events on Facebook? No way. Never again. :wacko: #GDC4life

Yeah, it's a cringe. 

And besides, people who don't share the craze aren't seeing me posting about Green Day.

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bouncingoffthewallbja

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I love how GDC feels not just like a community, but kind of like a family! It's really cool to come online and see that other people are always online when you are. It's nice that we all share (well, most of us share - you know who you are!!!) :P a common interest and love for all things Green Day. It's nice that we also have advice threads and things like that where you can share your thoughts and ask questions and talk about them with people who are going through/have gone through similar experiences. In short, GDC is a safe place for a lot of us and I am guaranteed laughs, great threads and great people each and every time I come online!! :lol:

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I've gotten into another fandom recently, and been distressed to discover they don't seem to have their own GDC. It's so difficult and confusing!

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JardyOfSuburbia

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I've been fortunate enough to meet really cool people through GDC and have had the luxury of waiting in line with them on recent tours.

It's funny. I think about the people who frequently interact with me on Facebook and what not these days and it's mostly people I've struck up a conversation with in line for a show.

It's this forum and the band that gives me a sense of community and understanding that I really struggle to find elsewhere.

Rage and Love to all ya punks. :)

 

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