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Two indicators of change

Blogging is expanding according to Technorati:
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\For more see Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere report. It reports on their survey of 1,000 bloggers.
And text messaging is growing too
CNET reports that Americans now text more than they talk. The article cites a report from Nielsen that, in the second quarter of 2008, U.S. mobile subscribers sent and received on average 357 text messages per month, compared with making and receiving 204 phone calls a month.
Of course “The surge in text messaging is being driven by teens 13 to 17 years old, who on average send and receive about 1,742 text messages a month. Teens also talk on the phone, but at a much lower rate, only making and receiving about 231 calls per month. The report even suggests that tweens or kids under the age of 12 are also heavy text users, averaging about 428 messages per month.” I can tell by my daughter’s bills!
Hmmmm.
Stephen

Posted on: September 23, 2008, 11:54 pm Category: Uncategorized

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  1. Interesting: I saw the Technorati figures as showing something quite different–that the claim of hundreds of millions of blogs reflects mostly ghosts. Even using the remarkably generous definition of “activity” as one post in four months, they come up with seven million blogs, not 100 or 200 million. Using one month, I think they come up with about three million…
    The CNET thing is a little misleading, as it equates one text message with one phone call. Oddly, when I make a phone call, I usually say or receive more than one sentence… and if the average phone call is, say, at least three exchanges, then mobile subscribers are still doing more via phone calls than via text. Not that there’s any “either/or” involved.
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    Probably true Walt. Then again we also don’t know how many books that are bought or borrowed are actually read right through and we really don’t know how ‘active’ most webpages are and even a dead blog still adds information – regardless of quality – to the soup that is the web. It’s all grist for the mill!
    SA