August 19, 2009 at 10:47 am #78230
SUSPECT that this principle MIGHT have some impact on the various Groups here at govloop
If you spend any time at all talking about online communities, you’re bound to stumble across the 90-9-1 Principle. The idea is simple: In social groups, some people actively participate more than others. Researcher Jakob Nielsen calls this “Participation Inequality“.
These three groups make up an ecosystem, of sorts. Pulling on one group affects the distribution of the other. Of course, it’s typically not possible to change the distribution in significant ways, as the more people added into one group directly drives the growth of the other two groups, maintaining something close to a 90-9-1 split. Social participation tends to follow a 90-9-1 rule where:
* 90% of users are the “audience”, or lurkers. The people tend to read or observe, but don’t actively contribute.
* 9% of users are “editors”, sometimes modifying content or adding to an existing thread, but rarely create content from scratch.
* 1% of users are “creators”, driving large amounts of the social group’s activity. More often than not, these people are driving a vast percentage of the site’s new content, threads, and activity.
August 20, 2009 at 8:27 am #78236
Since you can’t edit another person’s post in microblogging, perhaps we could call the the 9% in the Twitter world the re-tweeters.
August 21, 2009 at 1:41 pm #78234
Good to read someone sourcing this back to Jakob Nielsen! (my hero :] }
August 21, 2009 at 3:58 pm #78232
Very interesting and insightful principle. For twitter, I suppose you can append/modify or opine on the RT, but character space can become an issue. I agree, the RTs would constitute the 9%.
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