Supposedly comparable to the early internet.
Urbit’s chat channels have slowly been getting more and more active. And with European-ish timezones seeing new members as well, I spend both my morning and evening commutes just catching up with chat backlog. It’s crazy. I remember it being not like this no more than a couple months ago. Imagine what it’ll be like soon, I won’t be able to keep up with it all anymore!
As sad as I am about that (fear of missing out), it’s a really good sign. The platform is attracting a bunch of likeminded, kind individuals who together shape a small community that can sustain actual discussion (and occasional shitposting) nearly all day long. And that’s exactly what’s great about it, I can use it as my one-stop-shop to connect with likeminded people and talk about the things we find important.
As activity grows though, the demand for a better chat interface rises. And as that gets realized, splitting will occur. There is no doubt in my mind that 2017 will be the year in which I will no longer be able to follow at least more than half of the discussion that’s happening on the network. From a community perspective, we’ll be transitioning from usenet to the world wide web.
I’m too young to have experienced the internet in its infancy, but this seems like it is a similar experience and I love it.