Participation Inequality: Lurkers vs. Contributors in Internet Communities (Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox)
- This is, I believe, the original source article for the 90% lurkers 9% and 1% contributors quote that Jason Smith used in his Innovations Showcase Keynote presentation.
- 90% of users are lurkers (i.e., read or observe, but don’t contribute).
- 9% of users contribute from time to time, but other priorities dominate their time.
- 1% of users participate a lot and account for most contributions: it can seem as if they don’t have lives because they often post just minutes after whatever event they’re commenting on occurs.
The article from Jakob Neilsen explains the basis for his assertion then it also goes on to explore the upsides and downsides of the findings as well as some ways to overcome the downsides. The article was written in 2006 so some of the context may have changed though I wonder whether the fundamentals are not still the same.
SearchMerge is another of those really interesting new search engines designed to search in real time as well as via the traditional Google search. You can select to search from one or more of the following Google, Twitter, Friendfeed, Flickr, YouTube, Last.FM, Technorati and Vimeo.
Print Friendly Version
With the Print Friendly Bookmarklet in your browser Bookmarks toolbar you can quickly clean up any webpage, removing ads, navigation, and all the junk you don’t want to print before sending it to the printer. Even better you can remove extraneous paragraphs from the page and then if you wish save the file as a pdf.
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