I’m not an admin on 38minutes, consequently I'm flying blind with some of my comments here, so please make allowances if I come across as an arse. (And not for the first, or I suspect last time.)
But I would be interested to know the following stats:
Of all the 230 (odd!) registered members here on 38minutes, what proportion/percentage upload original content, or mainly contribute via comments/uploading existing work, or are happy to simply lurk/read only?
And why, you may ask, do I ask?.
Well, there's nothing inherently wrong with any of these activities, (and I hasten to add, this isn’t a rant or finger-pointing exercise). Rather, it's a genuine inquiry into user involvement here.
In the early days of 38minutes, there seemed to be a surge of enthusiasm to create, contribute and upload here. (Early adopter syndrome?)
However recently most of the traffic seems to have been of the ‘Member A is friends with Member B’, or Member A joins Group C,' variety.
All well and good, but it does bring me to the 1/9/90
principle. Also known as the 1% rule.
It postulates, (oh dear, dipping into the Channel4, stripey Paul Smith shirt, lexicon again
), that 1/9/90 % of social media users split into create/contribute/lurk camps.
Much of the theory comes from research
covering social spaces like YouTube and the much-respected Jakob Nielsen
Incidentally I’ve personally always taken JN’s pronouncements with a large pinch of salt, but amongst the sodium you can often find a few gems.
And more importantly, he does adopt a killer look. (One which I am sincerely considering emulating):
But, getting back to the point, I would have thought a creative community such as this would have challenged/surpassed the 1/9/90 rule. And indeed may have. So maybe the admins here, when they have a mo, could publish the stats. My guess is 38minutes will prove to have a higher lever of contribution than the norm.
But even so, maybe more creative people here need to er, create more?
Perhaps it’s ROT thing for some?
In addition to Return On Investment, we now live in the era of ROT, Return On Time.
Writing a blog post here, or cutting together a little movie, not only takes time to generate content for our little community here, it also consumes time and content from some of our other, perhaps more ‘mainstream’ social channels.
For example, I’m posting less on my business blog, and it’s suffering because I now divert time in my day to 38minutes. (Willing, and happily of course.)
It could be that I’ve got too much time on my hands, (but my diary, wife and local publican says otherwise), it maybe that most people here are too busy earning a living to contribute more.
I’d be interested in your reaction, your views, and opinions in how we can enjoy more creationism here.
And if indeed we need it.
Content to recycle and repackage existing content. Which in itself is no bad thing, if it’s work unseen by the community before.
My guess is it’s a combo of both new and old.
With a bit more of an emphasis and boost to the new.