As I posted recently, I'm going to be speaking at the Texas Library Association Conference in April and as a part of my preparation, I'd collecting a bit of info about libraries and librarians. if you are a librarian or work with libraries, could you please take this 4 question, anonymous survey? Thanks!
Pew Internet & American Life Project: Rating systems Twenty-six percent of adult internet users in the U.S. have rated a product, service, or person using an online rating system. That amounts to more than 33 million people. These systems, also referred to as "reputation systems" are interactive word-of-mouth networks that assist people in making decisions about which users to trust, or to compare their opinions with the opinions expressed by others. Many Web sites utilize some form of this... Continue Reading
Pew Internet & American Life Project: Content Creation Online It took me a while to figure out what "content" means in the context of a web site. Now I think of it like a glass jar of nuts and bolts- what you put into it makes up its contents. Like a glass jar, what you put into a web site makes up its content. Without content, web sites are useless. Traditionally, there were a relatively small group of people (programmers, web masters, geeks) who could open the jar and add contents on... Continue Reading
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Pew Internet & American Life Project: spam This report on spam was just released and paints a sobering picture of how Spam is affecting the public's perception of email. In large numbers, Internet users report that they trust email less and some even use email less because of spam. Why? Users worry that the growing volume of spam is getting in the way of their ability to reliably send and receive email. They complain that it uncontrollably clutters their inboxes and imposes uninvited,... Continue Reading
Study: Internet tops TV in battle for teens' time I have a couple of nephews that have grown up wired. They've been using instant messaging for years and now one of them is planning to start a photo blog. If you think online communication/social software is growing now- wait until these kids start making business decisions. I thought this quote from a teen was key: She doesn't have cable TV, but if she did, ''pretty soon I'd just get bored of it,'' she says. On the Internet, ''you can actually... Continue Reading
The Pew Internet and American Life Project releases studies every so often that provide great insights into the ways that the Internet is affecting American life. The most recent one focuses on the ways people are accessing health information on the Internet. This study shows that Americans are using Internet to find health information and support at generally increasing levels. Particularly interesting to me, the study shows that online communities and email support groups based on health... Continue Reading