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The Internet and American Life

The biblioblogosphere was abuzz last week about the latest report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project on Adults and Social Network Websites. Just about every commenter noted the finding that "The share of adult internet users who have a profile on an online social network site has more than quadrupled in the past four years -- from 8% in 2005 to 35% now." The repeated use of the word quadrupled won it the honor of Word of the Day on HotStuff 2.0 which tracks 464 active blogs to discover new and/or interesting topics.

I found some interesting little tidbits in the full report. For example, only 19% of persons in my age group have a profile on a social networking site. (Guess you can figure out my age now.) Most people use social networks for personal rather than professional reasons. But I suspect that this distinction might be difficult to make. Like many people, I have a Facebook profile which has a kind of mixed use. Most of my Facebook friends are librarians with whom I have some kind of professional relationship, co-workers or fellow Midwest Chapter members. But some family members are my friends and I have posted some personal photos to the site. I thoroughly enjoyed the video that my befriended niece posted on Facebook last week.

In exploring the Pew Project website, I found that you can take their daily tracking survey. I signed up to receive notices of their reports in my e-mail. I also took their Internet Typology Test. Turns out that I am a one of the "connectors" who make up about 7% of the population. Which type are you?


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Omnivore, who would have guessed that? ;)

Mary Markland:

Hey, I'm a connector too. I think it is my lack of texting that holds me back.

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