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 because someone is posting something broadly to a network it may not actually be intended for everyone in the network.

In case you missed it, be sure to check out Mary Madden’s discussion of teens, privacy, and social network sites with Brooke Gladstone in last week’s On the Media here.

PS: The findings Mary discussed are from a larger report about teens’ positive and negative experiences on social media; the full report is available (for free!) on our website.

Be sure to watch our director, Lee Rainie, on “This Week in Libraries,” where he and John Seely Brown spoke about the process of knowledge acquisition, networked objects, librarians as data analysts, and more!

Related: Be sure to watch Lee’s keynote at the Internet Librarian conference as well!

(Source: thisweekinlibraries.com)

"An insider view of social media research": Our director, Lee Rainie, talks with Mark Schaefer about the past, present, and future of Pew Internet, including three new research projects we’ll be working on in the next year.

(Source: businessesgrow.com)

Fred Trotter on how the “Programmable Self” can be applied to healthier living

Q: So how would you explain the “Programmable Self” to my mother?

Fred Trotter: The basic idea is that I’m going to make a contract with myself to change, and software will manage that contract. There’s things that software can do, but it’s a very limited palette. You can have software embarrass you by posting something to Facebook. You can have software encourage you or praise you by posting something to Twitter. You can have software take your money, or software can give you money. By focusing on software’s motivational components, you can try to program yourself.   

Our director, Lee Rainie, recently spoke with ScribeMedia.org at the ARF audience measurement conference. In this video, Lee talks about the three revolutions that are disrupting the way people communicate and view content (the Internet Revolution, the Mobile Revolution, and the Social Network Revolution), as well as trends in methods of news consumption in America.

In this great interview with Project Information Literacy, Pew Internet Director Lee Rainie talks about the impact of social network sites on learning, libraries, and society. (Includes a behind-the-scenes look at our research and a sneak peek at his upcoming book with Barry Wellman!)

Libraries and the New Community Information Ecology

In this 25-minute discussion (via Skype), Pew Internet Director Lee Raine talks with Journalism That Matters' Bill Densmore about how libraries can adjust and thrive in the new media ecosystem.

This video was presented at Beyond Books: News, Literacy, Democracy & American Libraries on April 7, 2011.

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