Another take on the demise of FCP.co
Larry Jordan’s take on the demise of FCP.co
However, with the rise in social media, advertisers – the life-blood of any web service – demanded more and more eyeballs. Specialized websites, like FCP.co, couldn’t deliver the traffic that a more general-interest website could.
There is no effective business model that can support a technically-specialized website catering to a small audience of a single piece of software, no matter how popular. Compounding the problem, Apple has made clear over the decades that they don’t financially support websites supporting their software.
More generally I see the loss of centralized locations for questions, tips, and education. COW’s FCP forum is one of the last remaining and even here traffic is lighter than it used to be.