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Hey all. I'm a part of this event (I helped put together a couple of the panels). It's gonna be pretty cool.
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Hi Lucas, I did meet Sean Ellis for that coffee and we had a good chat. I didn't find a ONE mentor, but around this time a great and experience PR and communications person started working for one of our investors. She ended up guiding me quite a lot. I'm still meeting her from time to time (though we both have moved on since).
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@anujadhiya It would be great if we can have a form or button on the website itself as sometimes it may take time to email and best option is to provide a form or button.
Please let me know your views.
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@anujadhiya I would love to have your insights on this.
Great! A chance to leave my opinion on this. As an owner/moderator of an almost 55,000 member, 10 year old (kept as free of Spam, off topic or bland/boring link shares as possible that whole time, LinkedIn Community/Group, I do have an Opinion.
The first and main point is, that most people make a massive assumption in 2017 that 'Lurker' means the same thing as it did when the term was coined for the Internet; that is in the 80's Usenet days.
I suspect most folks still believe this or without thinking too deeply imagine something like this ratio exists when they think about 'Lurkers'...
1% rule (Internet culture) - Wikipedia
Namely the 90/9/1 ratio:
1% of people create content,
9% edit or modify that content,
and 90% view the content without contributing... Lurkers.
My point is I believe this ratio is more or less still valid BUT the Internet, the way we consume information from it and the nature of online Social Communities have changed vastly since the heyday of Usenet, or even of just 6-8 years ago.
The ratio may be the same, but perhaps 80% (the ol's 80/20 rule) are not or rarely even going into your Group/Online Community. So the ratio needs to apply to the 20% who even sign into the Platform or Website your Social Community runs on.
Now if you have actual stats on your community, not need to guess but on a community like a LinkedIn group, you have gut feel and nothing else and so I estimate, for every 10,000 Group Members, the ratio to work with and so the value of 'Lurkers' - people who IMHO are looking, reading, interested might be:
Actual Members coming into Community - 10,000 x 20% = 2,000
Members Creating content, posting, driving the engagement - 2,000 x 1% = 20
Members Editing, Modifying, Interacting with, Engaging with, *Like*, Comment, Sharing - 2,000 x 9% = 180
Your Lurkers; reading, watching, interested, periodically going into the community and enjoying it - 2,000 x 90% = 1,800
So to add to this discussion, let's make sure we understand what % of our Community Members are actually Lurkers.
As to the connotation, from my experience many people I meet, the first thing they do is apologize for 'being a Lurker' in the group.
So I think though it may have a negative connotation, you can control your use of it, make it a fun and endearing term as true Lurkers, in the day and age when 90% aren't even coming in anymore, are surely 'active' members of your community!
Some say yes, some say no. Why? Context.
It all boils down for me. If someone says/writes, "the lurkers that don't contribute," I'm likely to interpret negative connotation. However, something like, "the forum has an audience of lurkers," doesn't come off this way, and seems a simplified way to tell me about their user behavior. Simple example, but I stick to my guns. Context.
I believe "lurker" is a word, it isn't good nor bad. It might be ludicrous to some but it could be potentially offensive to some people as well. If anyone is not yet a leader and is trying to be one then it would be great to get into intensive leadership coaching where positive scripting would be set as the primary goal at first. As @brandon_wilcox - a wordsmith explains the origins of the word lurker by getting into it's root word "lurk" in addition we could google-search the word with the keywords: lurk+etymology and this is what we get:
verb: lurk; 3rd person present: lurks; past tense: lurked; past participle: lurked; gerund or present participle: lurking
(of a person or animal) be or remain hidden so as to wait in ambush for someone or something.
"a ruthless killer still lurked in the darkness"
synonyms: skulk, loiter, lie in wait, lie low, hide, conceal oneself, take cover, keep out of sight
"is someone lurking in the bushes?"
(of an unpleasant quality) be present in a latent or barely discernible state, although still presenting a threat.
"fear lurks beneath the surface"
read the postings on an Internet message board or in a chat room without making any contribution oneself.
Middle English: perhaps from lour + the frequentative suffix -k (as in talk ).
With all the comments above and fact presented, I believe that people take offense if you call them names without their consent or if you are not a close friend to them.
My demons within says: "Call anyone a lurker or just any name, specially if they aren't participating, sure they'll get offended but if you're the all powerful boss they'll just have to live with it!"
One thing's for sure when you ask something, it means that there's something inside you that felt uneasy when you hear or see a word, it's that feeling when you're name get misspelled or mispronounce or if you've been called names that are pretty much offensive to you. It's in that moment that you know that there must be a better way to say it than just settle in what's already out and current, it is in exceeding expectations that you can truly say it's enough.
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