Pew reports: Tagging, networking, podcasting

A recent survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that 28 percent of internet users have tagged or categorized content online such as photos, news stories, or blog posts. Tagging is gaining popularity because it advances and personalizes online searching. Here’s the report

More than half (55 percent) of all online America youths ages 12-17 use online social networking sites. Older teens, particularly girls, are more likely to use these sites. Girls use social networking sites primarily to reinforce pre-existing friendships. Boys tend to use networks to flirt and to make new friends. Read the report

Some 12 percent of internet users say they have downloaded a podcast so they can listen to it or view it at a later time. This compares with the 7 percent who reported podcast downloading a year ago. Read the report

Internet-savvy students rely on the Internet to help them do their school work and they describe dozens of different education-related uses of the Internet. But they report a substantial disconnect between how they use the Internet for research and how they use it under teacher direction. Students say that more often than not, instructional uses of the Internet assigned by their teachers are poor and uninspiring. Read the report



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