In Internet culture, the 1% rule is a rule of thumb pertaining to participation in an internet community, stating that only 1% of the users of a website actively create new content, while the other 99% of the participants only lurk.
Of course there are many lurkers. But, I like lurkers, because they're showing an interest.
Of course they might not be ready to comment, or engage just yet, it could be they're simply trying to see if they can relate to me or my stories. Maybe they've only just discovered who I am via their own connections. So, there's lots of reasons 'lurkers' don't put their digital head above the digital social media parapet straight away but they are an crucial part of your social media strategy.
One of the biggest collaborative platforms that came along long before Facebook et al, was YouTube. This has given virtually anyone with a subject passion to be able to voice and create engaging video content to create and build a tribe of other like minded people who can collaborate and join in with the subject matter or conversation.
"The 1% rule states that the number of people who create content on the Internet represents approximately 1% of the people who view that content. For example, for every person who posts on a forum, generally about 99 other people view that forum but do not post"
Being social both offline and online is first and foremost about being social, I don't know about you but I certainly wouldn't dream of going into a social occasion, even a business one and immediately start pitching to people, and if I did I would expect to be turfed out by all and sundry.
Social is about sharing similar, or opposing views, its about creating and joining in conversations, its about engaging with those around you, so if you want your 1% dial to move forwards, be more social, join in those conversations, start a few of your own, and do a lot less spammy selling.
And just like buying that lottery ticket the once and expecting it to come good being consistent in your content output might improve that luck when it counts.
For example we all read quite a lot of content that isn't on social platforms, we read it and think 'I have a view on that' but because it isn't on a social platform we can't contribute, that is unless we create our story about it and share it with others on social platforms.