As Friday’s post demonstrated, there is a real feeling of community to many of the regular users of traffic exchanges.
Traffic exchanges are far more than just online advertising arenas – they have their own personalities, driven by the owners and users, and it is this which makes them unique.
It was, therefore, interesting the other day when the subject of merging the chat functions of the four TimTech traffic exchanges was raised.
The idea, as I understand it, would involve Sweeva, ThumbVu, I Love Hits and StartXchange all sharing the same chatroom so that no matter which exchange you happened to be in, you would be part of the same conversation.
I suppose it is not technically too difficult to organize such a thing. I am sure Tim Tech’s new hi-tech, super-server, Star Trek-inspired, water-cooled, cluster array thingy would allow such integration without so much as a momentary flicker of disapproval.
And I am guessing that it would send a message out that the four sites are all part of the one big TimTech umbrella so that the overall sense of a surfing community is reinforced.
So, why then, do I absolutely hate the idea?
I strongly believe that each of the four exchanges, notwithstanding that they are owned by the same organization, have their own personalities and this is reflected in each of their unique chatrooms.
Yes it is true that often the same people will surf each of the exchanges, often surfing all four at the same time, but that does not mean that they would appreciate a kind of homogenized, one-size-fits-all, take-it-or-leave-it chat function.
I think a lot of people have their favorite sites. And even within these favorites some people feel more comfortable chatting in some sites than they do in others.
Nerd Surfing brings all four sites together very nicely and very well indeed.
Chat is unique and individual to each site and it is my view that this is exactly how it should say.
From my personal view I prefer the ILH chat, followed by Sweeva and SX with ThumbVu perhaps needing some attention to make it more user-friendly.
Although far from scientific, and really only just a snap-shot of one moment in time, the following question was asked in a TELive poll recently:
The results were as follows:
ILH = 20 votes.
STX = 9 votes
Sweeva = 2 votes
ThumbVu = 0 votes.
But what do you think?
Feel free to let me know in a comment below.
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