Wanna be in the top 1% of your online peers?Â Comment on someone’s blog today (you’re welcome to start here, in fact).Â
According to a recent article by Jakob Nielsen on theÂ AlertBox site, most people who go online merely lurk.Â Only 9% of people actively comment once in awhile on people’s blogs (they purportedly let other priorities rule), and only 1% will comment or write something online daily.Â
I found it interesting that Wikipedia defined subcultures of the 90% of the world who lurk rather than participate directly in the conversations online:
- Malevolent Lurkers:Â Those who complain to moderators about being offended by others’Â comments, but don’t participate in conversations directly.Â JJ: Get a spine. Stand up for yourself!
- Benign Lurkers:Â Those who enjoy reading blogs, and will more likely send you an email commenting on your post than commenting openly.Â JJ:Â Hi shy one - try a pseudonym and see how it feels to be open…
- Constructive Lurkers:Â These experienced participants have been through enough that they’ll only comment when the dialogue takes a novel turn - then they’re likely to write a novel - length comment.Â JJ: Bring it on!
- Smart-ass Lurkers:Â Those who’ll watch a discussion take place and only tweak the participants with comments when they can ‘heat’ the conversations substantially.Â JJ: Assholes are like opinions, everybody’s got one.Â Or is that the other way around?
Are you a commenter or a lurker?Â If so, what kind?Â