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Thread: Is AB/DL Internet activity dwindling?

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    Question Is AB/DL Internet activity dwindling?

    I’m 32 years old and first got an internet connection at age 18 in 1995 with the
    screaming fast speed of a 14.4kbps modem. I was alone in the universe and my
    first search query on diapers changed my life. Back then the IRC chat #dpf was
    in full swing and devoid of spambots, lurkers, and trolls. Personal web pages like
    Bittergrey’s Den and Pampers Nursery were popping up.

    If I were to equate the rise of diaper enthusiasts on the web to society in general,
    I would call this our industrial revolution. Today I see few personal pages and too
    many pay sites and diaper porn sites. In my opinion this destroys the personal
    impact and sense of community of that I experienced when I first reached out for
    support on the information super highway.

    Now here is my question to those of you who have been around and were online
    during this general timeline. Do you think the community of diaper enthusiasts is
    less active today than it was fifteen years ago?

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    Butterfly Mage

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    This is the only ABDL site I visit, so it's hard to tell.

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    Loopygone

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    I'd say its more active now. Just due to the fact that there are forums like this around, theres 8 thousand members here, and there are other forums as well. I think theres less personel pages because they're simply not needed when you have communities like the disc.

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    Khaymen I know what you mean. 5 or 6 years ago there was 4 times as many sites and lately I see less coming up in searches and less activity in general. I like getting my feelers out there to see what going on in the web side of AB even if I don't join other sites.

    Also in that time I've gotten more fed up with sites and this remains the only purely AB forum I'm on. Truth be told I feel like I'm keeping my foot in the door...on my way out.

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    My first experience of diapers on the internet was stumbling into AOL's "diapers" room ... bearing in mind it was a "private room" and I was guessing something like that would exist when I was typing "diapers" to see if a room of that name was there ... I was bowled over when it was full of people ... and some of them in the UK.

    Hmmmm ... I think there are a few more much smaller sites around than there were. It's a shame that aby.com went down, as it was very popular, very easy to navigate/use, and was completely free.

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    the bigger "community" or Porn sites(depending on your desires and opinion) are not going anywhere (they are too well supported for that) but it is true that smaller personal sites are shrinking at a massive rate.

    there is an exception to this though, BLOGS. the ammount of abdl bloggers has not shrunk (bearing in mind that the word blog did not exist until fairly recently), it is in fact exploding.

    Rileykilo and I heart diapers are probably the two most popular, but the proliferation of free blog websites and software has allowed a lot of abdl bloggers to post their thoughts. however, many of these disappear a few months after starting (most likely because the blogger becomes lazy and stops updating)

    I don't know much about twitter, but i understand that there are many abdl twitter feeds.

    so really big sites are big and will keep getting bigger, and really small sites (blogs and twitter) are getting more numerous. but what gets squeezed are middle sized sites (think geocties before it went down and some of the smaller communities) , also since geocites went down, free webhosting for anything other than blogs is getting harder to find.

    (I don't fully understand why this is happening, but it has a lot to do with Web 2.0 and the ubiquity of easy blogging tools)

    so i don't know if the abdl community is shrinking, but the way they express that is "shifting" to different methods.

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    I think this is just a sign that the community is going through a period of transition. It is developing. The community full of people who never wanted to grow up is, in itself, growing up. You are beginning to see a bigger divide in interests. Those looking for the porn stuff have their sites. Those looking for community, have awesome places like this around.

    There are less sites? Sure, I'll buy that, but I'm positive that if you checked the numbers, there are more people active in this community now than ever before. It's growing, not shrinking. What you are noticing is something that is bound to happen in any developing economy. There are now fewer sites because the sites have already gown through the process of competition. Those that failed, dropped. Those that stayed up, are here and developing.

    The community isn't disintegrating, it's evolving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tk7432 View Post
    I also only use this site so my opinion is useless.
    Now there's a post.

    Anyways, I wasn't on the computer way back then, but of coruse there's been change. That was a long time ago, and think of how much the internet has expanded and evolved. Things moves so fast online, sites can show up and disappear so fast and there are a million different ways to express yourself. It's not just chat rooms and personal pages - you got massive forums like this and a freakin ton of bloggers. Myspace, facebook and whatever else ya got have taken over personal sites. I don't think the community is dying off by any means, it's just different than what you had 10 years ago, but that's the same as everything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khaymen View Post
    I’m 32 years old and first got an internet connection at age 18 in 1995 with the
    screaming fast speed of a 14.4kbps modem. I was alone in the universe and my
    first search query on diapers changed my life. Back then the IRC chat #dpf was
    in full swing and devoid of spambots, lurkers, and trolls. Personal web pages like
    Bittergrey’s Den and Pampers Nursery were popping up.

    If I were to equate the rise of diaper enthusiasts on the web to society in general,
    I would call this our industrial revolution. Today I see few personal pages and too
    many pay sites and diaper porn sites. In my opinion this destroys the personal
    impact and sense of community of that I experienced when I first reached out for
    support on the information super highway.

    Now here is my question to those of you who have been around and were online
    during this general timeline. Do you think the community of diaper enthusiasts is
    less active today than it was fifteen years ago?
    The entire face of the Internet has changed in these fifteen years. Look, we've gone from a model of information-as-connection to information-as-commodity. It's a damn shame and really curbs the "free-reading" that so typified my use of 1990s Internet.

    In a related vein: do you remember the Narcis Diaper Pages?

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