And happy New Year!
The Year in Social Media
Appropriately timed, our director Lee Rainie and New York Times staff writer Jennifer Preston discussed how social media has transformed over the year (on Minnesota Public Radio). Listen to the full discussion here. Have you had a personal transformation because of social media over the last year? Do you use it as your main source of news gathering or perhaps to assess news? Or do you feel like...
Debate over "Lie of the Year" No. 3 subject on...
From the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism Dec. 19-23 New Media Index: When a Pulitzer Prize winning fact-checking site announced its “Lie of the Year” for 2011, it set off a partisan firestorm in the blogosphere triggered by liberal critics of that choice. Read more
Twitter's 2011 - the news in tweets →
Who is active in religious groups?
Our newest report indicates that some 40% of Americans are active in a church, religious, or spiritual organization. Compared with those who are not involved with such organizations, religiously active Americans are more trusting of others, are more optimistic about their impact on their community, think more highly of their community, are more involved in more organizations of all kinds, and...
From The Washington Post: 'Did you watch or listen...
In the midst of presidential election season, here’s an interesting look at survey methodology (and a good explanation of why we avoid “time spent” questions in our surveys).
Where people get information about restaurants and...
In case you missed it, we released a new report on Wednesday about who is getting info about local businesses and where they are getting that information. For more coverage of our research, see: Consumers Not Turning to Social Media Sites for Local Business Info [STUDY] (Mashable) Where do people get local business info? Pew report, plus 10 ideas for publishers (Knight Digital Media Center) ...
Why don't we do online surveys to get... →
The Tweets, Tics And Turns Of Twitter Politics →
npr: Is public political discourse any different in the new age of social media? Survey says: Yes. Also, How Twitter’s Trending Algorithm Picks Its Topics
On The Media: Teens Care About Privacy Online →
poptentlabs: An interesting segment with Pew Senior Researcher Mary Madden on teenage behavior in regards to privacy, but one thing really caught my attention. Madden at around 1:46, But they also have a variety of ways to customize and cloak their messaging on social media. Teens use private messaging channels, they use slang, they use jokes that may only be understood by peers. So just...