Authors of new book groundswell, Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff have talked about Forrester’s Social Technographics® where the consumers have been classified into six overlapping levels of participation. (Ref: Groundswell – Profile Tool)
The consumers have been assigned roles on the basis of what they do (their activities) in the web-space or more appropriately the ‘social space’.
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Edit: 06/06/08 3:30 pm >> As Moksh points out creators can be classified into Basic creators and Advanced creators depending on the form of content they add-in. Whether it is pure text or a combination of text, images, video and audio. Thanks for your two cents Moksh.
Critics: (आलोचक) – Participate by giving their feedback through comments, collaborative editing (wiki) and contribution to forums.
Collectors: (कलेक्टर) – Gather content through RSS and put tags to stuff like photos.
Joiners: (शामिल होने) – Present on various social networks
Edit: 06/06/08 3:30 pm >> I think the above category can also be referred by ‘Networkers’ or ‘Connectors’ which refers to those who like to connect via social networks.
Inactives: (असक्रिय) – Do not participate or observe.
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