Disqus research finds that “pseudonyms drive communities.”

Discussion hosting service Disqus has crunched the numbers on their enormous database of comments and found that people writing under pseudonyms (as opposed to anonymously or under their real name) contribute substantially more comments than others, and those comments are rated more highly than others. People writing under a real name are a close second, and people writing anonymously are a distant third. Fascinating! 

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Waldo Jaquith (JAKE-with) is an open government technologist who lives near Char­lottes­­ville, VA, USA. more »

5 replies on “Disqus research finds that “pseudonyms drive communities.””

  1. Not a real surprise to me.. though I notice that some profiles of people who do use names are virtually devoid of profile information and I’ve noticed that people who start out using their real names will not infrequently switch to a pseudo-name or even anonymous.

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