Previously I posted about the 90:9:1 rule which states that must users of online social networks lurk rather than participate. I decide to analyze the activity on the new uwebd social network on Ning to see if this applicable.
I did the research when the site was one month old and had 249 members. There were two very active members, 37 members who had some activity (at least one post/comment) , and 210 members who had not been active since joining; resulting in a 81:18:1 ratio. If you changed the definition of “some activity” to be two or more posts or comments, the ratio changed to 91:8:1. (Note that this does not include anyone visiting the site who are not members. Based on data from Google analytics, this number is very small.)
Some other quick numbers:
- 60% of members have added a profile picture
- 18% of members have customized their profile page
As of this morning, there are 337 members, 19 groups, and 87 general forum topics. I encourage everyone involved with higher ed websites to not only join, but to participate as well. Again, the site is located at cuwebd.ning.com.
Yeah I’ve definitely noticed that trend since joining a few weeks ago. Are there any plans to remove inactive users? If someone setup an account and hasn’t even posted a picture and it’s say two months later should we not fell obligated to remove them?
On a positive note I started up the Facebook profiles discussion this time last week and it’s had 17 replies by 10 different users so that’s encouraging!