On the other hand, when you’re merely a moderator or participant, measuring community engagement can be difficult.
As Figure 14-42 shows, you can think of a community’s members as moving through eight levels of engagement, from their first impressions of the community all the way to the moment when they become active participants.
Figure 14-42. The community funnel
Any visitor who encounters a community gets an impression. If she doesn’t see something of use, she will leave. Such visits typically last less than five seconds, and show up as bounces on your website (Figure 14-43). Of course, if you’re not running the platform, you won’t have any idea what the bounce rate of your messages is—you simply won’t see activity, such as upvoting or comments, around the content.
Figure 14-43. Comparing a visitor ...