One of my long-time favorite time-wasters (some call it networking, but let’s be honest here) is Etsy Chat. When I first started selling on Etsy chat was happening place. There would be at least 2 “talk-about-whatever” chat rooms, a couple of teams hosting their password-protected chat-a-thons, and a full-scaled Featured Seller Game chat room, packed with sellers waiting in line for their chance to get into the full room.Things have changed since then. With the revamping of the community page to generate more focus towards Teams, the link to the chat rooms was hidden in the second or third paragraph, easily passed over by the casual on-looker. It’s new link location quickly affected the number of people entering the rooms. Featured Seller games died off. Occasionally an old player would open up a room and hope it would attract enough sellers to get some good games going. This was a rare occurrence, and sales were hard to achieve. Even the regular, talk-about-whatever-you-want chat rooms were rarely to full capacity, and even when they were, several of the members were inactive and would slowly gray out unto the little hamster gave ’em the boot.
Because of these reasons, Etsy administration can say that the chat rooms are “hardly being used.” Which is true. If you believe, as I do, that if they were easier to find they would be utilized more, then it’s too late to push this theory. They have made their decision.In a lot of respects the decision makes sense. With so many people using their smart phone and iPads to access the internet, phasing out all Flash-based application is a logical step. Not the mention all of the bugs and issues the servers experience with Flash. The virtual labs, which I love, were starting to become sessions filled with trying to get the sound and video to come through probably. Not the best way to conduct shop critiques. So while I am sad to see these applications go, I do understand the reasoning behind them.
I am not too hopeful that adequate replacements will take their places in the near future (new alchemy, anyone?) but I suppose that’s just my inner pessimist doing the writing. With Friday being the deadline to have chat removed, there isn’t much else we can say or do at this point but wave farewell. So long Etsy chat, it’s been fun.