On 18th January we made an announcement on our mailing list and Facebook page about an analysis conducted on the Digital Medievalist social network, which revealed a minimal overlap between our Facebook community and the followers of our official Mailing list and Discussion Forum.
This thought-provoking analysis was carried out by Gene Lyman, the DM Journal reviews editor, by comparing the names of the individuals registered to our Facebook group and those who subscribe to the mailing list. The task was not trivial, and while not an error-free procedure, it nonetheless highlighted that only a very small percentage of individuals (around 9-10%) are members of both communities.
This is an interesting observation. Thanks to Gene’s network analysis skills, we will be looking at the state of our—de facto—communities more in detail to have a better idea of our different audiences. To gain deeper insight into the nature of these communities and into your expectations or needs we are planning a community survey to which we hope many of you will contribute.
The Digital Medievalist Executive Board