The making of ravelry

by kath_red on 17/07/2011

in Community + Creativity

This article on slate “Ravelry and knitting: Why Facebook can’t match the social network for knitters” was sent to me – great must read!

+ Did you know that Ravelry was created in 2007 by Casey and Jessica Forbes, a husband-and-wife team?

+ Did you know that Ravelry has 1.4 million registered users, though only about 400,000 of those are active every month?

What makes Ravelry work so well is that, in addition to being a place to catch up with friends, it is also a boon to its users’ favorite hobby—it helps people catalog their yarn, their favorite patterns, and the stuff they’ve made or plan on making. In other words, there is something to do there.

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1 Elizabeth July 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm

That is the primary and on-going attraction of Ravelry. However, it is the great design work done by Casey and Jess in collaboration with the community that keeps Ravelry growing. While some just use if for fiber-related activities it is also a full-fledged social network for our other diverse interests. I don’t know how many forum groups there are but the range and diversity is like an ever growing river fed by many new streams. For example, I joined several tech-related and book forums but am also in groups for travel, science, theology, as well as fun things like favorite tv shows (like NCIS and Firefly). When looking at other social network options (like Twitter, Facebook, Buzz, Wave and now Google+) several of us adopt early and share our experiences on Ravelry. [ASIDE: Google+ is gaining favorable attention among Ravelry users unlike Buzz or Wave.] I may join and drop other social networks but Ravelry is a mainstay in large part due to the efforts by Casey and Jess.


2 sonda juliussen July 18, 2011 at 6:03 pm

*Only* 400,000 out of 1.4 million are active every month???? That seems very high to me and worth noting. It speaks to how useful and satisfying the site is.


3 Eva Fernandez July 20, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I can only say one thing: I LOVE Ravelry!!
Although I could not be considered a very active user, as I rarely post a coment or anything, I use it nearly everyday, reading my groups, searching for patterns or yarns, etc.


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