As a research organization that studies how people use technology, we do our best to stay on top of the many (and ever-changing) popular online services that can help share our research with various online communities (*ahem, Tumblr*). 

We’re sure this list will evolve over time, but at the moment here’s your handy guide to the best ways to get in touch or keep up with our work on the web.

After yesterday’s announcement that Facebook is partnering with Skype, the Chicago Tribune explores Facebook’s evolution as a communication system, as well as the broader field of video chat. We’ve got a few data points here for additional context:
Facebook is by far the most popular social networking site today. Among social networking site users, 92% use Facebook. MySpace, the next runner-up, is used by only 29% of online social networkers—a significant change from the fall of 2009, when Facebook and MySpace were used by 73% and 48% of social networking site users, respectively.
As noted in the article, about 19% of all American adults have tried video calling, chatting or teleconferencing online or on their mobile phones as of fall 2010. That translates to 23% of internet users and 7% of cell phone owners.
We also found that as of this spring, about the same proportion of adults have placed phone calls online (19% of all adults, up from 6% in early 2007).

After yesterday’s announcement that Facebook is partnering with Skype, the Chicago Tribune explores Facebook’s evolution as a communication system, as well as the broader field of video chat. We’ve got a few data points here for additional context:

  • Facebook is by far the most popular social networking site today. Among social networking site users, 92% use Facebook. MySpace, the next runner-up, is used by only 29% of online social networkers—a significant change from the fall of 2009, when Facebook and MySpace were used by 73% and 48% of social networking site users, respectively.
  • As noted in the article, about 19% of all American adults have tried video calling, chatting or teleconferencing online or on their mobile phones as of fall 2010. That translates to 23% of internet users and 7% of cell phone owners.
  • We also found that as of this spring, about the same proportion of adults have placed phone calls online (19% of all adults, up from 6% in early 2007).
    "Young adults continue to be the heaviest users of social media, but their growth pales in comparison with recent gains made by older users. Email is still the primary way that older users maintain contact with friends, families and colleagues, but many older users now rely on social network platforms to help manage their daily communications."

    Senior Research Specialist Mary Madden
    Read the full report: Older Adults and Social Media (2010)

    Texting is the form of communication that has grown the most for  teens during the last four years. The data show that between 2006 and  2009 the percent of teens who use texting to contact friends outside of  school on a daily basis has gone from 27% to 54%. Face-to-face contact,  instant messaging, mobile voice and social network messaging have  remained flat during the same period, while use of email and the  landline phone have decreased slightly. Read more…
Source: Teens and Mobile Phones, by Amanda Lenhart, Rich Ling, Scott Campbell, and Kristen Purcell (2010), based on Pew Internet September 2009 survey data

    Texting is the form of communication that has grown the most for teens during the last four years. The data show that between 2006 and 2009 the percent of teens who use texting to contact friends outside of school on a daily basis has gone from 27% to 54%. Face-to-face contact, instant messaging, mobile voice and social network messaging have remained flat during the same period, while use of email and the landline phone have decreased slightly. Read more…

    Source: Teens and Mobile Phones, by Amanda Lenhart, Rich Ling, Scott Campbell, and Kristen Purcell (2010), based on Pew Internet September 2009 survey data