I am not sure if you guys have felt this but Facebook has been kicking the dedicated forum type community in the .... I believe the issues is that 1st no registration is "required" after you have logged in to facebook which almost everyone has, so no log in to go to the different sections inside facebook. Second, the easeness with which people can jump from one section to another, making it seamless and informational whoring.
I have seen a couple of communities go down in flames lately. Locally and it has been because of Facebook. Since anyone can open up their "own" type of forum and have their own place easily without hassles and permissions, that I believe it has taken a huge toll in the Forum Type Software.
The only places I see staying alive would be niches like Corvette Forum and GTRLife or whatever they are calling it these days.
What does IPB have planned for this? Better integration with facebook so people could jump from facebook to the community without a single hitch? No registration, no hassle.... no things to figure out. Maybe mimick facebook's menus so its all familiar...
For instance in facebook you can have a post and jump through all that section's photos with a single click and FAST. With our gallery its just not that intuitive or engaging to go by looking and commenting on photos... Everything is so separated that I think it is one of the reasons people spend so much time on facebook.
What is IPB doing to help out our communities? I am sure many are going through the same thing and we hate to see our communities go down under.