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May 03, 2006

"Horowitz's Law" finding more true believers

I referred to Bradley Horowitz's work on Creators, Synthesizers, and Consumers in an earlier post about the long tail. In the months since I posted that article, I've begun referring to this phenomenon as Horowitz's Law. Here's more evidence supporting Horowitz's Law via Church of the Customer Blog:

For instance, in June 2005 Wikipedia had a total of 68,682 total contributors. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is reported to have told a library group that month:
* 50% of all Wikipedia edits are done by 0.7% of users
* 1.8% of users have written more than 72% of all articles
This is true of association volunteerism too, don't you think? Twenty percent of the people do eighty percent of the work? Hardly. Pareto was generous.

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