I’d say that most of us blog/tweet/facebook etc to connect with people. Isn’t it strange though when those worlds overlap with Real Life?
Scene: After Tee Morris “Anti Social Media – what not to do” session. A woman approaches.
HER: Hi Kris.
HER: I’m Penny.
HER: Penny from the blog.
ME: [slowly]: Penny…from the blog…
HER: Diligent room?
ME [mentally kicking myself]: Oh Penny! Hi Penny! It’s nice to meet you.
Further grovelling from me and gracious behaviour from Penny.
Scene: I am reading through comments on some of the posts here at the Room of Infiinte Diligence. It occurs to me that Penny probably has a Twitter account (since she says she does.) I do a bit of link-to-link sleuthing and it turns out that I have Penny’s personal blog bookmarked. Cue great hilarity (because I thought I didn’t know her and then it turns out I did! Okay, maybe you had to be there.)
Penny and I are now connected by blog, Twitter and Facebook. We’re obviously keen participants on our small corners of the web. Not everyone has as much to say as much as we do. According to Jakob Nielsen’s article “Participation Inequality: encouraging more users to contribute” participation can be summed up thus…
“In most online communities, 90% of users are lurkers who never contribute, 9% of users contribute a little and 1% of users account for almost all the action”
The results for blogs is even more skewed
“With blogs the rule is more like 95-5- 0.1.”
The article goes on to say that it’s just the way things are, that you can’t change it but it’s good to be aware of the bias especially in certain circumstances.
If you are one of the lurkers then please consider participating. It can be quite daunting when you first start so all I’m asking for is a comment, a simple “Kia ora”. If you want to go further let us know what you’d like to read about.