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There is some very positive coverage of Telligent recently in the press. First there is the very detailed review of the community platform and its reporting features from Barb Mosher at CMS Wire: “Social Web Analytics with Telligent’s Harvest Reporting Server“. The article does a great job of detailing the features of the Harvest social media analysis product. The article’s explanation of what social media analytics are is itself useful:
“You need to measure what’s happening in your community. If you are interested in knowing what your community members are up to, what information they are sharing and looking at, what they are saying about you, your product or your service (positive and negative), then you need social analytics.
If you need to know how many users are signing up, how many are contributing to blogs, wikis, forums, how many are asking and answering questions, then you need social analytics.
With social computing becoming much more mainstream and in many cases, a requirement for both external and internal relationship building, it has become critical to measure the impact these solutions really have. You also need to know how and where to improve these solutions.
And you aren’t going to get this information from traditional web traffic analytics.”
A mention of Telligent in the New York Times is also cause for note: the recent article on help communities listed Telligent as a provider of platforms, along with Jive, Lithium, and HelpShare, that enable companies to host communities of passionate users who help one another solve problems with their products. There is a great quote from Natalie Petouhoff, Forrester Research analyst:
Natalie L. Petouhoff, an analyst at Forrester Research, said that online user groups conform to what she calls the 1-9-90 rule. About 1 percent of those in the community, she explained, are super-users who supply most of the best answers and commentary. An additional 9 percent are “responders” who mainly reply and rate Web posts, she said, and the other 90 percent are “readers” who primarily peruse and search the Web site for useful information.
“The 90 percent will come,” Ms. Petouhoff said, “if you have the 1 percent.”
I would extend this point and add: within the 1% of active users are all the different types of active contribution, both good and bad. Top answer people, discussion starters, discussion people, question people, and flame warriors all crowd into this sliver of the online demographic. It is important to have the tools to separate the different kinds of active contributions to be sure that an active community is also a properly productive one!