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  • jim
    From cyberatlas Blogging By The Numbers By Robyn Greenspan http://cyberatlas.internet.com/big_picture/applications/article/0,,130 1_2238831,00.html The blog
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 23, 2003
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      From cyberatlas
      Blogging By The Numbers
      By Robyn Greenspan
      http://cyberatlas.internet.com/big_picture/applications/article/0,,130
      1_2238831,00.html
      "The blog [define] revolution is well underway, giving every Internet
      user the opportunity to become an online journalist. While it is
      difficult to calculate exactly how many individuals are using Web
      sites as journals, Blogcount estimates that there are roughly 2.4
      million to 2.9 million active Weblogs as of June 2003.
      Of this figure, Blogcount attributes more than 1.6 million active
      users to the top three centrally hosted services. Smaller hosts,
      intranet blogs, and standalone tools account for the remainder.
      Of the 655,631 Weblogs currently indexed by the The National
      Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITL) BlogCensus, the
      overwhelming majority are published in the English language.
      Roughly 2 percent of the online community has created a blog,
      according to Jupiter Research (a unit of this site's corporate
      parent). Interestingly, the majority (60 percent) of bloggers are
      dialing up to access their online journals, and more than half (57
      percent) have a household income below $60,000 per year. Jupiter also
      found that blogging is split evenly among the genders, with most (70
      percent) bloggers having an online tenure of more than 5 years.
      While there may be several million blogs eating up bandwidth, Jupiter
      estimates that only 4 percent of the online community read them. The
      demographics of blog readers differ from those that create and
      publish to the sites — particularly in the gender and income
      categories.
      Blogs seem to be read mostly by men (60 percent vs. 40 percent
      women), in homes where the total income is more than $60,000 per year
      (61 percent). Dial-up remains the connection of choice (54 percent
      compared to 46 percent broadband), and the majority (73 percent) of
      blog readers have been online for more than 5 years."
    • Panayiotis Zaphiris
      Dear all, City University s School of Informatics is offering 11 full-time 3-year PhD studentships to support ongoing research on specific topics to start in
      Message 2 of 2 , May 21 1:37 PM
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        Dear all,

        City University's School of Informatics is offering 11 full-time 3-year PhD
        studentships to support ongoing research on specific topics to start in October
        2004 and October 2005.

        One of the topics is:

        Virtual Ethnography of Computer Mediated Communication

        The study of Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) synthesises skills from a
        multitude of disciplines (e.g. ethnography, sociology, computing). Virtual
        ethnography (the study of online communication through the use of ethnographic
        techniques) has received a lot of attention and when combined with analytic
        techniques (e.g. social network analysis) can be a valuable synthesis of
        methodologies for evaluating and analysing online communities. PhD studentships
        are available to continue this research, especially in investigating the use of
        Social Network Analysis for analysing online communities. Supervisors include
        Dr Panayiotis Zaphiris.


        Candidates are expected to have at least a 2.1 Honours Degree or equivalent in a
        relevant subject. Conditional awards can be made if students have yet to
        receive their final degree classification. Each successful applicant will
        receive a bursary of £14,000 per annum for each year of the studentship.
        Studentships will start on the 1st October 2004 and, depending on availability,
        1st October 2005.

        You can find more about this at:
        http://www.soi.city.ac.uk/news/researchstudentship.html

        --
        Dr. Panayiotis Zaphiris
        Center for Human-Computer Interaction Design
        City University
        London, EC1V 0HB
        Tel: +44-(0)-20-7040-8168
        Fax: +44-(0)-20-7040-8859
        zaphiri@...
        http://www.soi.city.ac.uk/~zaphiri

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