Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Segmentation of the VolleyTalk Forum

From my recent post on VolleyTalk:

Where should I start? Hmmmm.....

First, VolleyTalk has plenty of "elitist" volleyball fans. They will only watch the top 5 or 6 teams play because they want to only watch the "best" level of college volleyball. That is cool, they can watch the same teams fight it out year after year. I, too, like watching those matches. This group tends to be most frequent posters.

There is a group (lets call them the Favorite Teamers) of VT posters who follow their alma mater and/or favorite team. A Favorite Teamers sub-group are the ones who follow and support their conference. This group tends to be a little quieter on the posting unless their team is one of the top 5 or 6 teams that year. Occasionally, they will attempt to rattle the cages of the elitist posters by talking up their team or conference.

There is group of VT people (lets call them Just Love the Gamers) who just love volleyball. They use VT to follow up on players they know who have moved onto the college ranks as well as read about volleyball news and rumors. A sub-group is still trying to ACTIVELY find ways to expand the sport, not just sit around a talk/complain about it. This group tends to just watch the board and post some occasional news tidbit. An occasional, high energy member of this group gets the board going when they support something "other" than the elite group of volleyball teams. Their passion for volleyball growth is worn on their sleeve and they wonder why the elitists group isn't excited about the news or activities they are presenting. The elitist group loves to bash these enthusiastic members who speak out.

Now that I have put these initial thoughts down, I see that VT is just a microcosm of the real world.

Your thoughts on the Elitists, Favorite Teamers and Just Love the Gamers?

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