The more the merrier? Or will it actually make things worse over time?

@James72 (26793)
Australia
September 26, 2008 3:48am CST
I have noticed that the mylot membership number is now rapidly approaching 150,000! When I first joined it was less than 20,000 so there have been significant increases since then. I wonder what it will actually grow to when it reaches it's peak? I often wonder if it will be better or worse to have a huge number of members on mylot. Imagine if it got to one million? Is it better to have lesser numbers to keep things a little more intimate in a sense or is mylot getting better and better the higher the member numbers are getting? What do you think?
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
26 Sep 08
An interesting question James. But one really needs to get down to statistics a little bit here and understand how many of these are really active,dormant and extinct. It would be great to have more and more members but at some point of time there will be a saturation point. The question is whether it is a million or half that number. It will depend on the quality of members. For ex. If there is a substantial increase in the "bux" types then one can imagine what happens. On the other hand if one has members who participate actively with good posts of quality then it does become more interesting. If one applies the same proportion of the past few months, then i can say there will be increase in "bux", repeated discussions....Sure might get tougher to find interesting and stimulating discussions.
@James72 (26793)
• Australia
26 Sep 08
Give me quality over quantity any day of the week alok; and that's my concern! Like any community there will always be those that contribute more than others and by default people will end up drawn to each other and will form their own little niche groups too. The last few months have definitely shown an increase in inane topics related to things like bux, pizza toppings and ice cream etc that are in direct proportion to the influx of new members, but will the die hard "quality members" weather the storm and remain loyal to the site and their friends here or will they end up disillusioned with it all and disappear? I hope to God it's the former and I guess time will tell. It is definitely getting tougher to find topics of interest and we do have to search more than ever before, no question. Will the creativity levels decline also and are we in for more and more repetition? I guess time will tell on this front too. I personally am finding myself more dependant on a core group of friends here than ever before to keep me motivated and interested. Let's see how things pan out then! Thanks for the inputs.
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
26 Sep 08
As in your case James, I feel that if the core group of friends remains active with a relative increase over this period of time, then it should be interesting. You guess here is as good as mine. Time will certainly tell.
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@James72 (26793)
• Australia
26 Sep 08
I will be more than happy if this IS the case. At least it's sustainable growth that I could actually manage if it turned out like this.
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• United States
26 Sep 08
I, for one, don't care what it does. Although if it ever 'went public' I would find a way to buy stock in it!!
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@James72 (26793)
• Australia
26 Sep 08
Fair enough! Going with the flow sounds like a good plan. I wonder if they will ever go public then? I doubt it.
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@marababe (2503)
• Philippines
26 Sep 08
Hi james! I think most, if not all of us are quite concerned about this increase in our population but then again, having the numbers 145,439 (as I am currently typing) in the population doesn't necessarily mean that all of us are active. There are some accounts here that hasn't been logged in for a year now and I guess they are still being counted in the population.
@James72 (26793)
• Australia
26 Sep 08
Hi marababe! The user numbers went up by one since you typed..... It's all happening! lol. Yes, there are a large number of inactive members as well as many newcomers that expect to be making lots of money, realize they don't and then disappear just as quickly as they arrived. Given how many members are actually listed you do start to notice the more active ones pretty quickly. Thanks for responding to the discussion.
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@James72 (26793)
• Australia
26 Sep 08
Yes, at least for now it's manageable! If it did get to 1,000,000 or more members with a large number of active people with a heap of creativity it might end up really difficult to keep up! I don;t think they will ever delete old accounts either as their tags etc are all ingrained into the mylot systems. To remove them could mess up algorithms etc.
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@marababe (2503)
• Philippines
26 Sep 08
It would be a little cool to see a million population here but it would be a lot cooler if we're all active and participating and all those inactive, stagnant accounts get deleted. It's nice though that we're still in 100,000 cos at least we get to catch up with each other's discussions.
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• United States
26 Sep 08
I agree to a certain point. It does make thinks more one on one when there are only a few, however, it gives a much wider and more in range view when you put in a discussion and more people respond to it. Granted there is no possible way to reply to all of the discussions every day because of the great number of people, but if you have a concern, it will give you a much broader view on it. I think that the more the merrier, although I do not know if they will lower the earnings or not. Honestly I think that the discussions are well in tuned and very interesting to participate in. The increase has been very significant, and i'm sure will continue to grow even more everyday. I like one on one but for that i can keep a certain grouping a few friends that i stay in constant contact with, but for discussions, i prefer the broader approach. The more opinions you get the better of a decision you will make. Great discussion.
@James72 (26793)
• Australia
26 Sep 08
Thanks melvinandheather. It is natural progression for mylot to grow and survival of the fittest will also determine who ultimately stays active for the long haul as well. By default we will all end up moving towards our own little niche groups and members will always come and go as well. I doubt very much that the earnings will be affected because the greater the user numbers the bigger the financial pie; and the more active a user is, the more they will benefit, regardless of how many people end up on here! I do agree that the more people we end up with, the higher the CHANCE of there being more people to give opinions and more people to offer creative alternatives; I just hope that this IS the way the trend heads and we don't end up with constant repetition instead. Thanks for respondong to the discussion and I appreciate your points.
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@ruby222 (4847)
26 Sep 08
A conundrum James,and one which im not sure about,you kind of get used to seeing the different names and I do tend to notice when a new name crops up,not only by theri posts either.But surely it doesnt really matter too much,as long as everyone gets on with everyone else,then thats fine with me.
@James72 (26793)
• Australia
26 Sep 08
Yes ruby, in a sense it is just that! We will all end up with our own little niche groups as per usual and regardless of member size! If this continues as expected the fine for me too. Thanks for responding to the discussion.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
26 Sep 08
Hello Mr. James... I think I joined myLot when its population was around 141,000+. So there is a difference between how we look at myLot. Since you were technically one of the "starters", then you obviously would notice how the site has changed since you begun. Me? I think I'm used to what I started with. A lot more members and along with them either interesting topics or topics you don't want to waste your time on and wonder why others do. What would be ideal is more members with more quality discussions. More members but with less quality discussions, well, at the end of the day, it would just be that myLot has a lot of members. Then again, one's quality discussion could be one's time waster. I'm just here for the ride, man!
@James72 (26793)
• Australia
26 Sep 08
Ah. Ms SaintAnne! Wow. I never realized that you had only joined so recently! Yes, there have been significant changes to this site since I first joined, especially in terms of user numbers. Having members for the sake of having members is not ideal so let us all hope that the quality of all these new user's inputs combined with the resilience and proactivity of the current members manages to always even out the influx of inane efforts as well! Thanks for responding and I hope that the ride you have decided to take will be a long one!
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@James72 (26793)
• Australia
27 Sep 08
It's a compliment SaintAnne, of course it is! There are tablets for motion sickness so don't you worry there either! Hopefully though you will never have to take them.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
26 Sep 08
Wow, James. Lot of big words there but definitely right-o! Yep, I just joined myLot the last few days of August. I don't know if you assumed I've been here longer than that is a compliment or not... but thank you for the compliment. Heheh. Just as long as the ride isn't that bumpy or winding. I get motion sickness most of the time.
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• United States
27 Sep 08
While the total membership is greater, that is only because myLot seldom drops inactive members from the count. I have in the past evaluated the new thread daily count. The last time I checked, the number of new threads started per day was down quite a bit from myLot's early days. More members? Yes. More site activity? No. The numbers at the end of a post's url are sequentially automatically assigned and can be used to determine how many threads per a unit of time are being started.
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@cher913 (25782)
• Canada
26 Sep 08
yes, i can see the day coming when mylot can no longer sustain the payments that are needed on a monthly basis. in fact, i am surprised that mylot has lasted this long. i wonder how long mylot can last?
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@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
26 Sep 08
I don't think there's anything to worry about. One writing site where I joined in 2001 now has about 3 times many members as we do here. They have a counter that shows how many people are online at any one time and sometimes it's as many as 8-10,000. But people still get noticed and read.
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@James72 (26793)
• Australia
26 Sep 08
Hi kenzie, I am not sure how I missed your respoinse before! Better late than never right? I am not overly concerned about a growth in users if the quality can be maintained. My boggest worry is an increase in short term users that flood us with bux related and other inane topics and then disappear again. It is a challenge already sometimes to wade through all the crap to find something of interest so I hope this doesn't grow further. Thanks for responding to the discussion.
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• United States
26 Sep 08
I think that it kind of depends on whether some of the new (listen to me, like I am an old timer*L*) people coming in are posting quality discussions or one liners. I don't mind the one liners, once in a while. And, I don't think quality necessarily has to be serious, obviously. And, like somebody else already said, there are always those who drop out, don't post often, etc, so the #'s kind of stay the same, regardless how many more people join. bo walks away muttering, "Shut up, bo. Go wake up before you start posting."
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@James72 (26793)
• Australia
26 Sep 08
So in one way a young 'un then! Go with your mylot age in all areas of your life Bo. This will confuse people for sure and you can have some fun with it!
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@James72 (26793)
• Australia
26 Sep 08
You're NOT an old timer?? Yes I had think you better go and wake up properly Bo 'cos you're not thinking straight! I don't mind the oneliners myself once in a while too, but moreso as part of ongoing interaction within existing discussions. It can be fun to tease back and forth etc And seriousness is definitely not a prerequisite at all. Maybe quality can also be side by side with sincerity. A sincere effrot whether long or short is far more productive for everybody! Thanks for the inputs and go get some organic coffee or something into ya!
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• United States
26 Sep 08
I might be an old timer....just not here. I have only been here 3 months, sheesh!
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@mands61123 (2098)
27 Sep 08
mmm interesting question i wonder how many of them are active i wonder how many are here just to make money and end up sodding off again. I don't know larger numbers should give a nice diversity but i'm also very partial to my friends here and feel strangely connected even though most of you i've never actually met or had a conversation with that wasn't typed. I love the site but initially i found it while looking for work at home oppertunity and have stayed because it's addictive and yo lot make me laugh everyday. last month however we seemed to have a strange spate of stupid people who were ruining discussions and spreading negativity. I have no answer hun i will just sit beside you and ponder aswell. PS your avtar always makes me want candy just had to share that lol
@James72 (26793)
• Australia
27 Sep 08
My avatar makes you think of candy? Oh! It's a lizard tail mands! Sure it doesn't remind you of gravy? I am sure there is a good percentage of these member numbers that are no longer active and there will always be a good number. People arrive and expect to make big bucks and don't; or get caught up in other things in life and never come back etc. The strong always keep on keeping on though and all I hope for personally is that I am always able to maintain a decent sized group of core friends that I can always interact with to keep things interesting. If I always have this then I don't mind HOW big mylot gets! And yes, I agree the last month or so has had some strange people come and go compared to the usual patterns here. Thanks for reponding.
27 Sep 08
ps am realising i don't appear to be getting email alerts for you even though notify is on how annoying maybe if i weed out some of the crap that apprear to be starting 100 topics a day i'll get them.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
27 Sep 08
Your avatar reminds me of the jester's cap.
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@rkrish (3003)
• India
26 Sep 08
Its growth appropriate to the world population growth and I have only 250+ peoples who are my friends here and i still to expose and experience with many peoples more so the numbers/population in mylot gives me an advantage of adding more friends and working with more peoples at end. And on other way, if you take survey of population countrywise US has the initial members and slowly it got developed to other nations as well, so its just penerating in devloeping countries and will be going more and more like other sites yahoo,rediff as well
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@James72 (26793)
• Australia
26 Sep 08
Yes. The USA and India have the largest mylot user numbers so far and when you think of the online population numbers of even those two countries alone there is significant growth potential! Similar trends do exist across online communities in general for sure. I have actually just finished researching these areas in preparation for a new venture I am about to start. It will be interesting to see in time where mylot will end up! Thanks for responding to the discussion rkrish.
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• Malaysia
27 Sep 08
I don't think it will be a problem, usually when the numbers grow, people will stick to groups in their discussions. I believe there will more enlightening discussions etc etc. I only worry about the bandwidth of this website, did they load balance the traffic? i notice a few weeks back
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@James72 (26793)
• Australia
27 Sep 08
I think people will stay in their little niche groups too jacob, regardless of how big mylot gets. I hope you are right about there being more enlightening discussions too. My concern is more repetition but let's see! You are not the first to question bandwidth either! Thanks for responding.
@James72 (26793)
• Australia
27 Sep 08
Cat in the Hat? Ok, I will give you that one.... I too can see a resemblance to that when I think about it!
27 Sep 08
i figured it was but i still think candy sticks or cat in the hat lol
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• Croatia (Hrvatska)
27 Sep 08
Well...Yea i mean if mylot get's more and more members it will become too crowded and people will have like 10000 responses to their discussions... Or when it reaches one milion members how will they be able to pay their users...It's a lot of money... Oh well...You can't stop it more and more people are finding about this site,either by friends,or the other sources on the internet... What to say at the end?I personally don't mind that mylot is getting so much members,for me it only means if i start a discussion i will get more and more help with time...that's if the site remains "alive".
@GemmaR (8517)
26 Sep 08
I think that it can only make things better! I think that everyone will be happy, as they will have more people to chat to, and their discussions will be gaining more responses, therefore boosting everyone's earnings! I know that I would like a lot more people to join this site, as it is amazing!
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@James72 (26793)
• Australia
27 Sep 08
I hope your are right Gemma and that quality keeps itself always neck and neck with the growing numbers then! Thanks for responding.
• Belgium
27 Sep 08
I'm only 3 days active here, and i like it here, the more the better, but i guess if the numbers grow more the discussions will start to be unorderly nd stuff, thats just something to live with, l like mylot much, so could you blame other persons to join to? Have fun mylotting
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@James72 (26793)
• Australia
27 Sep 08
Welcome to mylot boeferman! I am glad to hear that you are enjoying your time on mylot! I have no issues with many people joining, I just hope that quality remains is all. Thanks for responding.