A large part of gCaptain’s success has been our ability to leverage social media. My technology freinds in silicon valley have advised me for years to shut down this forum and move everything to social media. And I get frequent messages from people within our industry saying the forum is out of control and needs to be reigned in or shut down.
I admt this forum is far from perfect but I still, as I did when this forum was launched, contend that this is the best method for public discourse.
Over the past 6-12 months the discussions on social media have turned sour on the platforms that allow the tools to have a public debate.
Other platforms (e.g. linkedin, instagram, twitter) appear to serve mostly as platforms for bland press releases, self congratulatory messages or sheer entertainment.
As an experiment I posted a controversial (but important) post about open lifeboats across all our accounts. Most landed with a thud but two are getting a decent response.
Here is the post on facebook:
And here is the identical post on this forum:
As you can see the facebook comments unravel much quicker and at a deeper level than this forum.
Anyway… this is all just a long way for me to say thank you. I value the discussion here on this forum and look forward to seeing it grow in the future!