Lada 🏡 Prkic

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In Search of the beBee Bees

In Search of the beBee Bees

Since I joined beBee in March 2016, I have been in a constant search of active users from my country Croatia. Sometimes it reminded me of Diogenes and his quest for an honest man.

So far, I have found three active and half-active users.

Thanks to beBee we can search users by countries (there are some minor glitches with locations). Therefore, I put an effort to explore those lists not only for Croatia but also for some neighbouring countries. While assembling data, I have got an idea for the new post; to look at the bigger picture and find out how many people are using beBee in this part of Central and Southeast Europe.

In this post, I have put together some available statistical data that will help to understand the current state of beBee affinity network in this corner of the world.

I found the last report brought by We Are Social- the global social media agency, and Hootsuite- the social media management platform, published on January 26, 2017. This report is about social media and digital trends around the world, covering 238 countries.

For each country listed in the table below, I gave the number of total population, internet users, and active social media users, out of many more statistical indicators presented in the report. The last column shows the numbers of registered beBee users.

Besides Croatia, I included all the neighbouring countries (except Hungary) which have similar languages.




Out of almost 8.5 million social media users in these 5 countries, there are less than 500 beBee members!!

This analysis has shown an incredibly small number of beBee users compared to the total number of users that is constantly growing. As for Croatia, the total number of users has increased by 11% compared to January 2016.

Those 8.5 million users is a great potential that should be utilized with the right strategy. The social media users are eager to try new and exciting social networks such as beBee. But, as things stand now, seems that beBee is not promoted enough in Croatia and these surrounding countries.

I know it takes the time to build a successful network and get followers. The number of users will change radically because the beBee management aims to get 108 million users by 2020. Undoubtedly, beBee will grow and make a difference in the future. I hope the targeted growth will also affect this part of Europe.

I would like that many more of my countrymen and neighbours would join beBee and feel this sense of community that I have not experienced in any other social media network.

I am also looking forward to the possibility of creating the beBee in Croatian hive with the hundreds of active users.

Perhaps 2017 could be the year of change.


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Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #27

Thanks for commenting Pamela. I made this partial map of Southeast Europe to mark 4 of 5 countries that border Croatia. Hope that more followers will migrate to beBee. :-)

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #26

Thanks for commenting Pamela. This is only a part of Southeast Europe. I marked 4 of 5 countries that border Croatia because of the similar languages (the fifth one is Hungary). Hope that more followers will migrate to beBee. :-)

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #25

Sorry for the late replay, CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit. Thank you for your interest in learning more about my country. Your ability to find out and combine all facts together always amazes me. I am glad this post is on the path of your learning journey. By the way, I am a Dalmatian (with no spots) :-) As for Malkovich, he is probably most famous Hollywood actor of Croatian origin. There are also many more: scientists, engineers, innovators.....

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #24

Yes, I will, Franci. :)

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #23

Yes, I know, Paul Walters. You even reached Split, my hometown, and we almost met! :-) I am so glad you enjoyed your time in Croatia. Thanks for reading and commenting. Good luck with 'swarming' in Indonesia!

Let me know if you create any new hives. :)

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #21

So interesting to learn about the four historical regions of Croatia and the Dalmatian was the original but now extinct language in Dalmatia. The way a map and languages change through centuries shows how organic our identities are. Also in finding out about this, I discovered that one of my favourite actors John Malkovich has Croatian ancestry

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #20

Thank you, dear Ken, for these words. The same goes to you. :-)

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #19

Dear Manjit, while searching on mobile I deleted by accident my reply to your comment. I'll try to write it over again. I have met several Croatian Americans on beBee and LI. One of them is even a distant relative of my husband’s family (the third generation of Dalmatian Croats). He found me on LI by my last name and we became pen pals. This is the charm of global networking. :-)) Beside Croatian Americans there are other much larger minority groups in the US, such as Indian Americans, numbering about 4 million. Such diversity of cultures and nationalities is what makes America the great country.

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #18

Let's go for quality rather than quantity, Lada. We want more bees like you.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #17

Manjit, I've met several Croatian Americans on beBee and LI. One of them is even a distant relative of my husband’s family. That is the ‘magic’ of global networking. :-)) There are other much larger single-race groups in the US, such as Indian Americans numbering about 4 million people. The diversity of cultures and nations is what makes America great country.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #16

#9 Deb \ud83d\udc1d Helfrich, thank you both for commenting. Deb, you’re right that writing in the native language is a perfect antidote. My online communication is in English. Since I don’t use FB much, I rarely write in Croatian, perhaps several times with some of my friends on LI. I even started to think in English. 😊 Although I created my personal blog on WordPress to sharpen my written English, writing in my native language is also very important for me. Franci, thanks in advance for the promotion in your Hive🐝Talk.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #15

Thank you Javier, for your constant encouragement. I never give up. :-)

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #14

Yes, WE are, Milos Djukic. We are neighbours and fractal friends forever. :-) Thank you for all 'relevants', shares and comments.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #13

Yes WE are, Milos Djukic. We are neighbours and fractal friends. :-)

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #12

Manjit, it always takes time to read your observations. :-) I’ve just read your comment while drinking my morning latte before going to work. beBee is also becoming my hub. I wouldn't have written this if I don't care. Juan's and Javier's great vision and amazing concept of affinity network deserves all the success. Perhaps the slogan, “think globally, act locally“, best reflects what I wanted with this post. Everything starts with us, users. This should be my new motto: "Swarming locally, but networking globally." 😊

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #11

Since the primary focus of beBee is establishing a footprint in the US, why not focus on American Croats. This Sunday is the Superbowl. The coach of the New England Patriots - Bill Belichick is of Croatian descent. His paternal grandparents emigrated from Karlovac, Croatia (from the village of Draganić) in 1897 and left for the USA. In 2014 another NFL head coach with Croatian ancestory (Pete Carroll) won the Superbowl with the Seattle Seahawks. In 2015 both Croatian Americans met in the Superbowl and New England won. Bill Belichick is on course to becoming the greatest NFL coach of all time. There are 400,000+ Croatian Americans in the USA. For sure 10% of the population of Croatia and so there unique ways to approach this. Where I live there is a substantial Croatian population that is centered around a Croatian church. In my club I was corrected when I was leading a Toastmasters meeting and mentioned that Nikolas Tesla is a Serb. Jamie stood up immediately - and deeply proud of his Croatian heritage - "sorry, your wrong - Tesla is Croatian". Ever since I have walked gingerly around that particular ancestry, so long as Milos Djukic now lays claim to him due to his Serbian parents :-)

Paul Walters

4 years ago #10

Deb \ud83d\udc1d Helfrich Gotta get those numbers up over there!!!

Paul Walters

4 years ago #9

Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic Spent some time in your wonderful country last year and it seems ripe for 'pollination' . I am on a bit of a quest here in Indonesia where a billion tweets are generated each day,as well as being one of the largest users of FB on the planet. I will sow some nectar out there and see if I can create a swarm!!! Thanks for the interesting stats!

I think it is a great idea to create hives in your native languages and I will gladly feature them in Hive🐝Talk. The best way to draw from your native country is to have a welcoming committee. Creating a hive in your native language will certainly help the cause. You know you can promote your hive on Twitter. I set up a second Twitter account, which promotes one of my hives.

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #7

Hi Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic, We are here :))) Croatia and Serbia! and many more countries. Lucky WE.

Javier 🐝 CR

4 years ago #6

Gert Scholtz the same prediction is valid for South Africa !

Javier 🐝 CR

4 years ago #5

Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic never give up ! My prediction is .... beBee will become one of the top ones after growing in the US. USA will impact buzzing worldwide ! And... why not to have beBee in all your languages !

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #4

Gert, I like the idea of creating hives where we can write and comment in mother tongue. I think that many of beBee users whose first language is not English will agree with me. Thanks for commenting. The South African Bees seem pretty active on beBee. :-)

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #3

I'll begin with a question I am asking myself "Do entrepreneurs become rich because they are right or right because they became rich?" People assume that because Steve Jobs argued his vision so vociferously he was rich because he was right. Yet he became a success after a second chance, because on the first time around with Apple he was left shell-shocked to see that a founder could lose his own company. The irony of Steve Jobs is at the end of his life, he refused some treatments because his belief he was right about alternative therapies was proven misguided. So I am presupposing a big dose of personal humility in perceiving what I perceive. A vision is not drawing what we can see, it is drawing what cannot be seen and this is what proved to be open minded about Steve Jobs. It is how that vision unfolds which is what is fed and if there are no nutrients going into that vision, then either we experience mediocrity or some lesser version of that vision. What I perceive is that beBee is (at least for me as an insightful n=1) is a global network that has grown due to blue ocean areas like Latin America and Spain and its value proposition for me is that it actually helps me with FLOW MANAGEMENT. It helps me manage my life flow. The reason it does this is because I looked around at all web properties because this is what I am interested in - and thus beBee became my hub. I perceive that all the noise that is happening in politics today requires open minds to go beyond the noise and realize the opportunity in chaos. A globally connected world is a great vision because our world is today a prison of tightening boundaries. In 1998 Heath Row at Fast Company had a vision for THE COMPANY OF FRIENDS - a global connection. He nearly succeeded but Fast Company pulled the plug for business reasons - ultimately Fast Company did a pivot and headed for the design community.

Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic I do a little management to enter, cost for Christmas, met beBeede before by other people, but have entered later. Continue to hum and instruct those who ask ;-)

Gert Scholtz

4 years ago #1

Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic who "can speak the tale". But I like your idea of a Croatian hive - which I may borrow and create a South Africa hive!

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