Trupoli: First look at participation/engagement metrics

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.

Trupoli: Top politicians (sort by popularity)

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.

3 Responses to “Trupoli: First look at participation/engagement metrics”

  1. Tim Bruystens Weblog Says:

    Vernetztes Entscheiden…

    In diesen Tagen hat eine neue Plattform das Licht der Web2.0-Welt erblickt. Trupoli möchte ein Bindeglied zwischen Wähler und Politiker sein: “Was also liegt näher, als Demokratie und “Mitmach-Netz” in einer Plattform zu vereinen? …

  2. Ron Lubensky Says:

    Interesting, thx for the link Tim. I’m not sure there is enough motivation for pollies to care and for pundits to participate, although the initial numbers actually exceed my expectations. There needs to be some sort of non-aligned political advocacy group that makes ongoing noise about it.

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