February Wrap Up

Posted by Elizabeth on February 22, 2010
It’s been a wild month at Goodreads this February.

First of all, we hit a major milestone in the short history of Goodreads. Our community now numbers more than 3 million. It's a continually humbling experience to learn from our well-read users. We're honored to have so many talented minds on the site, interacting, discussing books, and providing recommendations!

On a more tempered note, Goodreads was also blocked in Iran this February. We're obviously proponents of free speech, something that we hope this site encourages, so our thoughts are with the Iranian people.

Besides all of that, we've put together another eclectic newsletter. Chris Bohjalian spoke with Goodreads about his latest novel, which deals with domestic violence; Elif Shafak presented her multicultural approach to writing her Rumi-inspired book; New Yorker writer Peter Hessler recommends his five favorite books about China; and breakout author Zachary Mason tells us who is his favorite “character” encountered by Odysseus.

Other tidbits include Movers & Shakers, Literature at every Latitude from Poland, and new features in Bookswap—now for every 10 books you send to other readers, you will get a complimentary shipping label in return—on the house.

We hope you enjoy the newsletter!

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JoAnn/QuAppelle I left a comment a couple of hours ago and now it is gone. I saw it appear but now it has been removed. Wonder why?

I posted that I recently did some "research" while recovering from surgery ---- because I had some free time. I found a huge percentage of GRs literature discussions had not been used in months, and thus concluded that a large percentage of the three million so-called members must be inactive.

Do you have any statistics on how many members actually ever DO anything at GoodReads, or do they just join and then remain inactive?


message 2: by Mike (new)

Mike How about the iPhone app?! I heard about it through the grapevine. I check this blog daily and it was never mentioned (as far as I know). Seems like you would have announced it somewhere.


message 3: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Hi JoAnn,

Thanks so much for your feedback, we currently have approximately 22,000 groups on the site. I would suggest looking at the "Recently Active" groups to find out how many groups are active (if you are interested in that), but... users are like people, there are all types.

We have some people who come to the site every six months, others come every day. Some use it for the group discussion, others simply for keeping track of their books and not for social interaction. I would venture to say that researching Goodreads discussions is probably not the best way to estimate how many members are involved on Goodreads.

Best,
Elizabeth


message 4: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Michael wrote: "How about the iPhone app?! I heard about it through the grapevine. I check this blog daily and it was never mentioned (as far as I know). Seems like you would have announced it somewhere."

Hi Michael,
The Iphone App is in beta and we're waiting to make sure that it's in tip top condition before fully announcing it. But yes, it's available.

Best,
Elizabeth


message 5: by JoAnn/QuAppelle (last edited Feb 25, 2010 11:04AM) (new)

JoAnn/QuAppelle Elizabeth wrote: "Hi JoAnn,

Thanks so much for your feedback, we currently have approximately 22,000 groups on the site. I would suggest looking at the "Recently Active" groups to find out how many groups are active..."


I check these Recently Active groups all the time, but I also have found hundreds, maybe thousands, that have had NO activity in months or years.

Elizabeth, I think the number of "dead" boards gives the impression that the "numbers" are fudged. Maybe GR should purge dead boards once a year.

Just a thought.


message 6: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth JoAnn/QuAppelle wrote: "Elizabeth wrote: "Hi JoAnn,

Thanks so much for your feedback, we currently have approximately 22,000 groups on the site. I would suggest looking at the "Recently Active" groups to find out how ma..."


Hi JoAnn/QuAppelle,
It's an interesting idea. I'll the tech team!
Cheers,
E


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