Maybe you have heard of this guy by the name of Jacob Nielsen, he has been doing a lot of research in the field of ‘internet sociology’. OK, this might not be the best term to describe what’s he been doing and that’s why I’ll come right to the point.
This Nielsen guy found out on the vast majority of all internet forums, about 90% of the members/users don’t post any messages. Those people are called ‘lurkers’ because they log on to the forum frequently to follow the ongoing disussions without taking an active part in them. Then, there are about 9% of the forum population who post a message from time to time. They might be looking for some specific piece of information and that’s why they post a question. Once they have received a satisfying answer, they either leave the forum or read a post from time to time. Which leaves 1% of the entire forum membership and those are the people who contribute most of the posts.
My question is this: Why do you think there is such a large percentage of forum members who ‘lurk’ behind their monitors without posting any messages? I have my own thoughts on this phenomenon and I’ll share them with you if you stop lurking :-).[YSaerTTEW443543]
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