CMS Wire has picked up on Gartner’s new classification of online community participants. It’s still essentially the 80/20 rule, but the 20 are broken down into three groups:
How Many People Create Online?
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Interesting how small they still perceive the creator part being. This suggests to me that there’s still a role for the professional, in creating genuine original content which people congregate around. But it’s worth journalists remembering that a “3 in 100” creator proportion suggests that there’s a whole lot more competition for attention than the “1 to several thousand” print era…
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