Note: Article originally blogged on Flickr on Dec 27, 2007.
Earlier this month, Munich, Germany-based Trupoli ended their closed beta phase and officially launched the site to the public. Trupoli lets you capture, share and evaluate statements by German politicians (federal, state, local) along criteria of credibility, agreement, and importance.
Time to take a first look at some basic participation/engagement metrics (as of 2007/12/27):
Total # of registered users: unknown (was approx. 1,000 at the time of launch according to the press release)
Total # of politicians (profiles): 3,910
Total # of statements: 2,484
# of politicians with at least one statement: 344 (8.8%)
# of statements per politician: 0.6
# of statements per politician with at least one statement: 7.2
Top 50 politicians (sorted by popularity):
# of politicians: 50 (1.3% of total)
# of statements: 1,674 (67.4% of total)
# of evaluations: 16,891
# of evaluations per statement: 10.1
Still too early for these numbers to be meaningful, though the patterns of a long tail seem to be showing (less than two percent of politicians have more than two thirds of all statements associated with them, while over 90 percent of all politicians do not have any statements associated).
It certainly is an interesting project, and it may take some time for its value to become apparent. My guess is that we’ll have a much better idea where things are headed by the end of Q1/2008.