Teen usage of Social Media – 2007 vs 2005

11 Nov 2008 (Tue)

Teen holding notebook PC - Photo (CC) by Joshua DavisSOME 93% OF TEENS USE THE INTERNET in 2007 (compared to 87% in 2005), and more than ever are treating it as a venue for social interaction – sharing creations, telling stories, and interacting with others.

According to a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 64% of online teens ages 12-17 (or 59% of all teens) have participated in one or more online content-creating activities, up from 57% of teens in a similar survey at end 2005.

  • 39% of teens share online their artistic creations (e.g. artwork, photos, stories, or videos), up from 33% in 2005.
  • 33% create or work on webpages or blogs for others, including those for groups they belong to, friends, or school assignments, basically unchanged from 2005 (32%).
  • 28% have created own online journal or blog, up from 19% in 2005, with girls leading the charge.
  • 27% maintain own personal webpage, up from 22% in 2005.
  • 26% remix content found online into own creations, up from 19% in 2005.
  • 47% (more girls) have uploaded photos where others can see them and 14% (more boys) have posted videos online; with many restrict access to the photos/videos in some way at least some of the time. Most receive some feedback on the content they post online.
  • 55% have created a profile on a social networking site such as Facebook or MySpace.
  • In the midst of the digital media mix, the landline is still a lifeline for teen social life.
  • Multi-channel teens layer each new communications opportunity on top of pre-existing channels.
  • Email continues to lose its luster among teens as texting, instant messaging, and social networking sites facilitate more frequent contact with friends.

(Photo: CC Joshua Davis.)

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Top 10 Emerging Markets to surpass Developed Markets

7 Nov 2008 (Fri)

IN 2008, the growth rates in Internet users among the top 10 emerging markets in the world (China, India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, Indonesia, Iran, Poland, and Saudi Arabia) will surpass those of the top 10 developed markets (U.S., Japan, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Canada, South Korea, and Australia), said Mary Meeker, a technology research analyst from Morgan Stanley at the recent Web 2.0 Summit 08.

Top 10 Emerging Markets to surpass Top 10 Developed Markets

In particular, the growth in China is the most impressive, growing by 53% (an addition of 73,000 users) since 2007 and yet its penetration rate is only 16 percent. For the others:

  • Brazil grew by 17% (7,400) with a penetration rate of 26%. 
  • Pakistan grew by 46% (5,500) with a penetration rate of only 11%. 
  • Columbia grew by 80% (5,395) with a penetration rate of 25%. 
  • India grew by 7% (5,000) with a penetration rate of only 7%. 
  • Iran grew by 28% (5,000) with a penetration rate of 32%. 
  • Russia grew by 17% (4,311) with a penetration rate of 21%. 
  • Germany grew by 10% (3,900) with a penetration rate of 52%.
  • France grew by 12% (3,553) with a penetration rate of 55%.
  • Vietnam grew by 22% (3,188) with a penetration rate of 21%.
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If you are 12-17 years old…

19 May 2008 (Mon)

Teen holding notebook PC - Photo (CC) by Joshua DavisYOU’RE PROBABLY LEADING Singapore’s transition to a fully wired and mobile nation… if you are a teenager. According to a survey by PEW Internet & American Life Project in 2005 (the numbers must be significantly higher today):

  • 87% (21 million) of U.S. teens aged 12-17 use the internet (online teens), up from 73% (17 m ) in 2000. By contrast, 66% of adults use the internet, up from 56% in 2000.
  • 45% of U.S. teens have cell phones and 33% are texting.

Of the 21 million online teens:

  • 89% send or read email.
  • 84% get information on movies, TV shows, music groups, or sports stars
  • 81% play games online (52% growth since 2000), compared to 32% adults.
  • 76% seek information on current events (38% growth since 2000), similar to adults.
  • 75% send or receive instant messages (IM), compared to 42% adults. Of these, half use IM daily and have included a link to an interesting article or site in an IM; 45% have sent photos or documents; and 31% have sent music or video files.
  • 57% seek information on schools they might attend, compared to 45% adults.
  • 55% seek information on politics and the presidential campaign.
  • 51% go online every day, up from 42% in 2000.
  • Half lives in a home with a broadband connection.
  • 43% have purchased online (71% growth since 2000), compared to 67% adults.
  • 31% seek health information (47% growth since 2000).
  • 30% seek job information, compared to 44% adults.
  • 26% seek religious or spiritual information.
  • Older girls are power communicators and information seekers.
  • Asked about communication modes, teens consistently choose instant messaging (IM) over email and viewed email as medium for talking to “old people,” institutions, or sending complex instructions to large groups. However, 51% usually choose the landline telephone when they want to talk with friends.
  • Face-to-face time still beats phone and screen time.

(Photo: CC Joshua Davis.)

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Techniques & Plugins to encourage comments

16 Apr 2008 (Wed)

“In most online communities, 90% of users are lurkers who never contribute, 9% of users contribute a little, and 1% of users account for almost all the action. – Jakob Nielsen

FOR SOME TIME I’VE BEEN WONDERING: What’re the best ways to encourage comments on one’s blog? And not just any comments, but those that promote meaningful exchange of insights and experiences. I’ve found 10 techniques and 10 plugins through a Google search. Could you add a tip or two here please?

According to usability guru Jakob Nielsen, one needs to:

  • Make it easier to contribute. The lower the overhead, the more people will jump through the hoop.
  • Make participation a side effect. For example, Amazon’s “people who bought this book, bought these other books” recommendations are a side effect of people buying books.
  • Edit, don’t create. Let users build their contributions by modifying existing templates rather than creating complete entities from scratch.
  • Reward — but don’t over-reward — participants. Although money is always good, you can also give contributors preferential treatment (such as discounts or advance notice of new stuff), or even just put gold stars on their profiles.
  • Promote quality contributors. …give extra prominence to good contributions and to contributions from people who’ve proven their value, as indicated by their reputation ranking.

According to problogger Darren Rowse, one could use these techniques: Read the rest of this entry »

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