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February 24, 2009

Brown Bag Reminder

Filed under: Friesen,Social Networking,training,twitter — Lynne @ 12:52 pm

Looking for a way to justify being on Facebook at work all the time? Ever wonder whether Twitter serves a purpose? Mark Friesen & I will offer an introduction to using these tools and other social media to connect with your readers. This is particularly geared for staffers with existing blogs.

Wednesday, 12:30 p.m., the Well. No signup required.


January 15, 2009

Adults flock to Social Networks

Use of social networking sites among those 18 and older quadrupled over the past four years, according to
a study released by Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Still, its the younger online adults who are much more likely to use social networks. 75% of adults 18-24 using these networks, compared to just 7% of adults 65 and older.

MySpace continues to be the most popular networking site. The study finds MySpace users are more likely to be women, to be Hispanic or black, and to have a high school education or some experience with college; median age is 27. Facebook has 22% of the adult social networking audience. Facebook users are more likely to be men, with a college degree. The median age on Facebook is 26. Six percent of adult social networking users have a profile on LinkedIn. LinkedIn users have a higher median age, 40, and are more likely to be male and white and to have a college degree.

Most adult social network users are privacy conscious:

  • 60% of adult social network users restrict access to their profiles so that only their friends can see it.
  • 36% of social network users allow anyone to see their online profile
  • 58% of adult social network users restrict access to certain content within their profile

Pew Internet conducted a survey in May 2008 and December 2008 and compared it against similar surveys it conducted in 2005.

December 16, 2008

Cool Tool!

Username Check is a free, and fast, web tool that searches by username on over 60 membership websites.

November 10, 2008

Tweet, Tweet


I have been twittering a bit . Twitter, a social media tool, is a fast-growing technology that months ago defied an easy description. That is no longer the case. Twitter found its stride during the election

All election day long,  I, and many others,  were glued to Twitter’s Election2008 stream. Mark Friesen even configured a special Portland election page  that featured feeds from Doug Perry and Scott Nelson, as well as Twitterers across the Portland area who were expressing their election thoughts in real-time.  Mark’s page is still active. The page is no longer election specific but it is still a great place to check out what certain Portlanders are saying. (Think of Twitter as an AP feed for the community.)

Interested in starting your own Twitter account? Check out this great primer by Sarah Evans on building a Twitter community over at Mashable.  She provides tips on how to search, the quirky lingo, as well as, a general how-to.

October 27, 2008

Twitter shows a 343% growth rate

Filed under: Social Networking,twitter — Lynne @ 3:53 pm

Twitter.com is the fastest-growing US online social networking site, according to a recent Nielsen report. (PDF)

MySpace still tops the list of most heavily trafficked social networking sites, according to the same survey but it’s grow appears to have stalled. Facebook, on the other hand, increased by about 116 percent, from 18 million unique hits to 39 million. LinkedIn also showed significant growth.

July 31, 2008

Delicious 2.0

Filed under: Social Networking,tools,web 2.0 — Lynne @ 3:07 pm

Delicious has a new domain name, a new look, AND more features.

First off, the entire site has been moved to a new domain. The confusing del.icio.us web domain has been replaced with delicious.com. The change requires a new login cookie, which is why you’ll be asked to log in again. The old del.icio.us url will stay active.

Along with the domain change, the Delicious site has been redesigned. Personally, I have mixed feelings about the redesign. I really like the new homepage. I am not a huge fan of the bookmarks page yet.

The new search engine is impressive. Searches no longer take eons to return results. Also, you can now search within one of your tags, another user’s bookmarks, or your social network (yes! finally).

For more info on the changes check out Delicious blog and be sure to read about all the new features on the What’s New guide.

July 30, 2008

Social Networking – One week from today.

Filed under: Social Networking,training — Lynne @ 9:36 am

If you are a social networking novice and you want to learn more please sign up (in TRAIN) for the August 6th social networking class. Joe Rose and I will cover the basics and show you how to navigate through some of the more popular sites.

July 21, 2008

Web 2.0 is all about you, but is that TMI?

Future doctors sharing too much?
A University of Florida study published this month in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that many medical students act more like students then future doctors.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Would it bother you to know that your physician smokes cigars and likes to do “keg stands”? That your gynecologist was a member of a group called “I Hate Medical School”? That your urologist is a fan of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”?

That is exactly the sort of information many people share on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. According to a new University of Florida study, many medical students are sharing far too much.

“College has traditionally been a time in life when non-normative behaviors are considered OK,” said Dr. Lindsay Acheson Thompson, an assistant professor of general pediatrics at UF’s College of Medicine. “I’m not sure I would want to have a permanent, public record of everything I did 10 years ago, but many of our students are creating just such a record, and they need to understand the problems this may cause.”
Read more on the University of Florida News site.

Gawker thinks newspapers should ban comments.

Let’s begin with some truisms: a newspaper is not a blog—not even its online version. Conversely, a blog is not a newspaper. However, newspapers have been in the toilet lately, partly due to the proliferation of blogs. One easy pseudo-solution some newspapers have settled on is to act more and more like blogs. After all, this 2.0 world is all about “You,” the user, which in practice means it’s all about a false sense of democracy through publication of comments and user-generated content—just like a common blog. After the jump: why newspapers should stop slumming as blogs and disallow comments. Full post.

Mark Friesen points out that the stock photo they use is of a copy of the Newport News-Times. Looks like it is a 2004 edition.

June 27, 2008

Another day, another Internet visualization tool

Filed under: mapping,Social Networking,web 2.0 — Lynne @ 1:35 pm

Many Eyes is a powerful social visualization tool developed by IBM. You can use Many Eyes to easily convert data into word trees, maps, or charts like this one created by Nathan Skidmore. Another benefit of this tool is the social component; interaction and data sharing is welcomed.  I encourage you to take some time to explore and linger, then share your thoughts and/or creations.

Hat tip: Technology Free-for-All session at SLA 2008.

April 21, 2008

Monday ORB Roundup

Filed under: journalism,Social Networking,web 2.0 — Lynne @ 6:46 pm
  • Tension Over Sports Blogging.
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Hints of iGoogle Turning into its Own Social Network
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