Wednesday, August 24, 2016

These survey results may surprise you!

Last week, I asked Twitter users and Facebook users if they are seeing more positive items or more negative ones in their timelines and news feeds.  I compiled the survey results and my immediate observation may surprise you.

Blog to Action - Surprise
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First, thank you to those who took the time to respond to the survey and to those who commented with a few positive words or personal words of encouragement.  I appreciate your continued support.

The survey and related posts were re-tweeted and re-shared 146 times and liked a total of 176 times (notably less popular than Be Kind to Someone Today, but that is okay given that it has only been a month since I first started blogging).  Here is what I found…

Based upon the shares and likes, I expected that there would be at least 100 survey responses, however only 14 people responded!  That means that approximately 90% of the people who were willing to like or share the survey with their friends and followers did so without actually taking the survey.

I'm not mad or upset by this, but I am a little surprised.  Despite the much smaller sample size and less measured approach, it appears as though there may be some truth to the recently published study by Columbia University and French National Institute researchers.  They concluded that almost 60 percent of links shared on social media are never clicked and read but instead forwarded based only upon their accompanying headlines.  This behavior was also exemplified by a recent post by Elizabeth Bromstein warning that "Scientists say giant asteroid could hit earth next week, causing mass devastation" (well done Elizabeth :) ).  This gives me reason to consider how "news" really flows online.  I am also considering how this may impact my blogging effort moving forward.

I suddenly feel like saying thank you for reading this far if you're still with me - so thanks!

Well, for what it's worth, 67% of Twitter respondents are seeing more positive timelines and 50% of Facebook respondents are seeing equally balanced news feeds (25% positive, 25% negative).

And of course I can't forget the one write-in of "Mostly who cares".

I may not know right now where I'll go from here, but I most certainly do still care.

Stay tuned for more.  Just don't forget that time is precious - take positive action now.


  1. Wow. I think you got little responses as it's not a negative or exciting thing to respond to. Not need with right??