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IEET’s Facebook Fans
Aug 20, 2009  

The IEET “fan page” on the popular social networking site Facebook is growing by leaps and bounds.

Over the last four months, our fan base has increased by more than 25 percent.

We’re attracting almost three times as many male fans as female, however.

That gender disparity could be a problem or—more accurately—a symptom of a problem. Does our writing convey a bias that turns off potential female fans? If so, what do we need to do differently?




COMMENTS

On the bright side, we probably got more women than the singularitarians. Not that this is very hard.

If you see that it’s growing why do’t you do more updates on it…
At the very lease link the blog section to the fan site so your fans know when there’s a new blog post up.

Yes.  Just like you said on your recent Netroots-focused episode of Changesurfer, you need to start learning better social networking.  It’s great that you’re building a following.  Now use it!  The last update on facebook was from 10 months ago!

Well, not many women are into Tech and the like as men. While I’m not saying all women, most I’ve come across, thier tech level is an ipod and a cell phone. Not cybernetics and such. But That’s just my thought.

“On the bright side, we probably got more women than the singularitarians. Not that this is very hard.”


You’re welcome to find out that at e.g. Singularity University, 35% of students are women:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-10314453-52.html

Well I found the results interesting…

I found interesting that the higher percentage is around 25 and 44 years old, which represent in a certain way people belonging to the working class…
The average for the 18 to 24 is quite low…This age is busy elsewhere, studying and having fun…The topics,  the tone language and the writing language could be quite hermetic to them…just boring or too intellectual…far from the youth’s occupations and preoccupations…

You wrote:
Does our writing convey a bias that turns off potential female fans?
Here also I guess that the topics and the language could be quite disturbing…

If so, what do we need to do differently?
In a way, yes…

Me.

..Apology, my posting is not at all about ‘gender disparity’. I just want to say that finally today, I see four/five updates from your fan site! This is GOOD!!!
—I do wonder though, whether we will still need gender dichotomy in the future :^)

woouppss… a typo, ...I meant updates on your fb fan pages!

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