- From cyberatlas
Blogging By The Numbers
By Robyn Greenspan
"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
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."
- 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:
Dr. Panayiotis Zaphiris
Center for Human-Computer Interaction Design
London, EC1V 0HB
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