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300,000 Gransnetters! Really?

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FannyCornforth Fri 09-Apr-21 11:10:38

Hello Everyone
I've just seen on the GN newsletter that there are 300,000 members of Gransnet.😲
(It's mentioned in the final paragraph about making friends during lockdown.)
This can't be right, surely, or is it? 😳
What do you think?

Galaxy Fri 09-Apr-21 11:18:08

Do you mean it seems a small number?

FannyCornforth Fri 09-Apr-21 11:19:42

No! Far from it!

Galaxy Fri 09-Apr-21 11:21:19

The last figures I heard for MN was 12 million. I think that was people who use the website rather than members. So no it doesnt seem particularly large.

henetha Fri 09-Apr-21 11:23:19

I would have thought there were more GN's than that.

FannyCornforth Fri 09-Apr-21 11:25:34

Hi Galaxy, yes, 12 million seems about right. But there must be a lot of overseas members.
I'm thinking of the number of regular posters and comparing it to that number.
I'd guestimate regular posters at about 200.
There must be a heck of a lot of people who don't post or very rarely post.

FannyCornforth Fri 09-Apr-21 11:27:04

henetha

I would have thought there were more GN's than that.

It seems that it's another case of 'just me' then! 😕

trisher Fri 09-Apr-21 11:29:08

So is that 200 posters and over 200,000 lurkers? If we started a thread just asking people to post one word to show they are there do you think it would fill up in a day?

henetha Fri 09-Apr-21 11:31:00

You might be right actually, FC Thinking about it, there are nowhere near that many posters. Unless we have a lot of silent watchers.

FannyCornforth Fri 09-Apr-21 11:31:34

That would be great trisher wouldn't it?
No offence to anyone, but I can't for the life of me understand being a member and not joining in.
That's just me, I really don't mean any offence

Galaxy Fri 09-Apr-21 11:32:22

It depends what they mean I suppose, you could become a member to ask for info on a health issue and then never post again.

Blossoming Fri 09-Apr-21 11:33:12

I think that’s true for a lot of forums FC. Facebook groups often have a lot of members but only a few active posters. It is worded strangely though, saying they’ve ‘gathered the wisdom of over 300,000 Gransnetters’ makes it sound like that’s how many people contributed !

FannyCornforth Fri 09-Apr-21 11:34:55

Yes Galaxy, I guess I should be thinking along the lines of active rather than regular.

foxie48 Fri 09-Apr-21 11:41:37

Well I don't get the newsletter despite signing up for it, twice! It's not a very user friendly forum though. I use another very regularly and it tells me when a thread was posted and by whom and it also gives people the opportunity to like a post, which I find helpful in discussions. It also immediately takes you back to the next post if you leave it and come back. these are little things but definitely make it more pleasurable to use, nothing worse than clicking on an active post to find it was started 6 months ago and it's 12 pages long or going back to something and having to search for the latest posts.

cornishpatsy Fri 09-Apr-21 11:56:24

I was on here for years before I wrote anything. I would read a thread and someone had already posted what I would have said so no point in repeating it and pointless just to write "I agree".

Millie22 Fri 09-Apr-21 12:05:12

I know the names of most of the regular posters but there must be lots of people who just read and never post anything themselves.

suziewoozie Fri 09-Apr-21 12:08:49

Can GN count the number of people who click on without being members? I would have thought so.

CafeAuLait Fri 09-Apr-21 12:10:49

Always count on a lot of lurkers :-)

Blossoming Fri 09-Apr-21 12:59:23

suziewoozie

Can GN count the number of people who click on without being members? I would have thought so.

Yes, there are a number of utilities for counting clicks, length of visit, sections visited, search engine hits, etc.

suziewoozie Fri 09-Apr-21 13:05:15

Wow

TerriBull Fri 09-Apr-21 13:09:06

It would be more interesting to know how many "posting" members there are, on a year to year basis, just to know the actual numbers even if those people had made very, very occasional posts. Of course people come and go and sadly die. 300,000 is a hell of a lot less than MN, I also read 11 to 12 million subscribers, nevertheless can't help feeling there must be a hell of a lot of lurkers even with that lesser number of people.

FannyCornforth Sat 10-Apr-21 08:10:59

Hello again
As of 8am today 280 members have posted on trisher'sthread.
(Thanks trisher!)

Maggiemaybe Sat 10-Apr-21 09:49:24

I don’t think most of the 300,000 even lurk. I’m fairly certain that lots of people will have just signed up for the competitions and for the late-lamented Book Club, that gave away 50 books a month. They’ll just dip in to enter - the competitions will be featured in the various online compers’ sites.

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with this, btw, but it will swell the membership numbers.

trisher Sat 10-Apr-21 09:58:32

Hi FC I've just looked and it's made 300 in about 24 hours. (Don't you get up early!!!)

Callistemon Sat 10-Apr-21 10:03:03

trisher

So is that 200 posters and over 200,000 lurkers? If we started a thread just asking people to post one word to show they are there do you think it would fill up in a day?

I posted three words on the other thread (sorry) but all in one post.

And, of course, there is always the chance that a disobedient Gransnetter may post twice or more, thus skewing the figures.

It could run to several threads grin