More Adults Than Ever on Social Networks

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The share of adult internet users who are involved in social networking online has more than quadrupled in the past four years in the U.S. In 2005, only 8% of adults had a social network profile. As of December 2008, that number was 35%. What motivates those in older generations to go online? Is it the opportunity to professionally network with their colleagues? The answer may surprise you.More Adults Than EverA majority of teens, percentage wise, join social networks, but it’s the adults that still make up the bulk of these web sites. That’s because adults make up a larger proportion of the U.S. population than teens, reports Pew Internet & American Life Project. So the 65% of online teens actually represents fewer users than the 35% of adults who participate online. Of course, out of that 35%, the adults that tend to join social networks still skews younger: 75% of those 18-24 use these networks, but only 7% of the adults 65+ do. It’s Not About Professional Networking After AllYou may think that many adults have joined the online trend mainly to network professionally with others in their field. However, that turns out not to be true. Instead adults, like teens, are there to socialize with their friends and people they already know. Nearly nine in ten social network users (89%) say they use the networks to stay in touch with friends, and 57% say they use it to make plans with friends. Under half (49%) use the sites to make new friends. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Surprisingly, those on social networks for professional purposes are not as common as you may have thought. Only 6% of adults use LinkedIn, the online social network dedicated to professional networking, but 72% use other social networks (50% use MySpace, 22% use Facebook) for both professional and personal networking purposes. The most interesting finding is that less than a third of social network users are using them for professional purposes, regardless of which site they use. More Tidbits: DemographicsSome other findings confirm what we’ve heard before about social networks: MySpace users are more likely to be women, Hispanic, black, and have a high school education or some college experience. The median age is 27. Facebook users are more likely to be male and have a college degree. The median age there is 26. LinkedIn, however, tends to be comprised of more older, white men with a college degree and median age of 40. The prevalence of men on these networks could be explained by the fact that men are more likely than women to have two or more online profiles (54% vs. 47%).What It All MeansIt appears that the trend of using social networking sites for professional purposes is not quite as common as we may have thought. Although there are portions of the population both young and old that do so, it isn’t the main reason people join social networks. It’s more common for people to go online to use the networks as they were originally intended – to socialize. That’s not a bad thing, we suppose, but it will be interesting to see what this means for sites like LinkedIn, whose main purpose is to cater to the professional crowd.We’ve already seen LinkedIn attempt to expand their network in new ways not too long ago. Just this past year, we’ve watched as LinkedIn added LinkedIn applications, an effort to make their network more interesting and dynamic. They also added helpful features for business-minded folks like the events section, which debuted last November. But it was only a month ago that the company brought in a new CEO, or rather, an old one – the company founder Reid Hoffman. Perhaps that means LinkedIn is planning to shake up their site and make it more relevant and popular among online users than it is today. Tags:#Facebook#NYT#social networks#Trends#web sarah perez A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

QTF Appoints Shuker as Chairman

first_imgQueensland Touch Football (QTF) has appointed Mr Gavin Shuker as Chairman of the QTF Board following the recent resignation of Ian Haig from the role.Mr Shuker was identified as the logical candidate to continue the work undertaken by the Board over the past year under Haig’s leadership.Shuker has a significant history with the sport as an elite player and coach; captaining both the Queensland and Australian Men’s Open teams in the past as well as most recently leading the Australian Men’s 30’s team to victory at the FIT World Cup.“QTF is undergoing some change at the moment, as we have done for the last couple of years and the opportunity to be a part of the ongoing transformation is exciting. I am looking forward to the challenges that lie in front of us,” Shuker stated following his appointment.QTF CEO Jamie O’Connor said he was equally excited by the appointment and the prospect of working with the new Chairman and noted the different approach that Mr Shuker would bring to the role.“Gavin will bring a different skill set to the position to what the organisation has had previously. His background in the sport is practically incomparable but it is his unique view, his business sense and ability to develop relationships that are his greatest strengths I believe,” O’Connor said.Shuker will take the chair ahead of this weekend’s QTF Board meeting.For more information contact QTF CEO Jamie O’Connor on 0419 574 052.Related Filesqtf_appoints_shuker_as_chairman-pdfRelated LinksQTF Chairman Announcedlast_img read more

10 months agoWatford boss Gracia explains holding back goalscorer Doucoure for Newcastle draw

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Gracia explains holding back goalscorer Doucoure for Newcastle drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford managed to secure a point after a late equaliser for their 1-1 draw with Newcastle United.Salomon Rondon put Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle ahead just before the half-hour mark, but they could not hold out for all three points as Abdoulaye Doucoure popped up to make it 1-1 eight minutes from time. Asked initially about the decision to rest Doucoure, Gracia said: “I have to choose in all the games different players and in this moment playing every three, four days I have to give the chances for all of my players.“I’ve many times said all my players deserve the chance to play because they are working very well. We are a good squad, not only a good team and if I don’t do it in this moment when can I do it.“It was the moment to change the players because some of them need rest and today if you see Doucuore this season he is the third player with the most minutes (played).”Pressed further on if six changes was too many, the Hornets boss responded: “If you see the result you can say that but I don’t agree.” last_img read more

10 months agoGuangzhou Evergrande table bumper bid for Barcelona attacker Malcom

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Guangzhou Evergrande table bumper bid for Barcelona attacker Malcomby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGuangzhou Evergrande have offered Barcelona the chance to make a quick profit on Brazilian winger Malcom.Signed in the summer for €41m from Bordeaux, Malcom is the subject of a &eur;50m offer from Guangzhou, reports AS.Barca are willing to sell, with it emerging that their South American chief Andre Cury offering Malcom to Guangzhou before Christmas.The two clubs enjoy a good relationship having both bought and sold Paulinho over the past 12 months. The midfielder is now back with Guangzhou.For his part, Malcom will take some convincing about quitting Europe with ambitions of breaking into Tite’s Brazil squad front of mind for 2019. last_img read more

Ricky Ponting surprised at Xfactor Pants exclusion

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting is surprised that Rishabh Pant missed the bus to the World Cup in England and Wales, but adds it will be the perfect opportunity for the youngster to showcase his talent for DC in the Indian Premier League. “I had a quick chat with him on Monday night. He seems to have taken it well. Would obviously be disappointed but he has to remember he is very young and has potential to play three or four World Cups. “Should be a positive thing for DC as he can be the best player for Delhi. He won us one game single-handedly in Mumbai and am sure he will win more games. “I don’t know what went into selection criteria, not my business. I don’t think he is impatient. I think he sums up situations very well. I know he is a very talented and determined player. You might see a different player in the back half. I was surprised when he was left out. I thought he would be in the XI. He could have been the X-factor for India against some of the other teams,” he pointed. “Am sure they have good reasons to pick the squad they have. I will be surprised if he doesn’t play three more World Cups.” Having won three games on the trot outside home, Delhi returns to Kotla. And Ponting is confident of a good show against Mumbai Indians. “It shouldn’t be any more difficult than for Mumbai. We expect it to be slow and low. We are prepared. Thought it will play a bit better than last game. Hopefully we can play better. “We have to win the four games here. No team has qualified yet and we are the same. We need to do well. We have played 3 games, won one and lost two. Some of the other teams also have issues with their home grounds. You have to play well on a given day. We know what the conditions are going to be like. We are going to be hard to beat from here on,” he said.last_img read more

Blue Jackets fire coach Ken Hitchcock

The Columbus Blue Jackets fired head coach Ken Hitchcock Wednesday in the midst of a disappointing season that has seen Columbus fall from a playoff contender to an also-ran.Hitchcock, who assumed head coaching duties mid-season in 2006, compiled a 125-123-36 record in his time with the Jackets.Addressing the media, new interim coach Claude Noel, who looked poised and eager, sat next to Jackets general manager Scott Howson, who looked very much like a man who had just fired someone.“We’re all responsible for the performance of this team,” Howson said. “It has become clear, that despite the efforts of ‘Hitch,’ the coaches and the players to find a solution, it wasn’t working. The team was not responding to the message.”When asked about the timing of the firing and whether or not it could have come earlier before the season was lost, Howson rejected the notion that he had given up on the playoffs.“We don’t consider the season lost. We’re going to play hard and see what happens,” Howson said. “We all felt that ‘Hitch’ deserved the opportunity to try and work out of this. We wanted to be patient and we kept hoping he’d find the solution.”It was clear that Hitchcock’s job security was tenuous at best for some time now. The change started to manifest itself right after Christmas, according to Howson.“That’s when I started really thinking seriously that this isn’t going to happen for us, but you keep hoping,”  Howson said. “If you look at the [Los Angeles] game and you look at Wednesday night (a 5-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche), there just wasn’t much pushback.”‘Not much pushback,’ corporate-speak for a lack of heart, nearly always falls on the coach’s shoulders.Much was made about the young players on the club and Hitchcock’s tendency to not allow them to play through mistakes. His gruff style was often at odds with a younger team supposedly finding its way.“The young players have to take some accountability,” Howson said. “Claude is going to try to get them to do that. Try to get them excited because some of them have lost confidence and the hope that they had coming into the season.”Noel has a tough job ahead of him. He has been an assistant coach with Columbus since 2007, after spending four seasons as head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League.He sounded up for the task.“At the end of the day, you want to be proud of the way of you play,” Noel said. “The players are going to want to give me their best, because I’ll be making assessments. I can’t wait for training camp, I have to look at each day who didn’t play well and who’s coming out.” read more

Ramos receives a commemorative shirt for 150 matches

first_imgSpain captain Sergio Ramos received a commemorative shirt for his 150 matches at international level, moments before their 6-1 win over ArgentinaMarcelino Maté, president of the Management Board of the Spanish Football Federation, was on hand to present Ramos with the award in recognition of his achievement. The Real Madrid captain was greeted to a standing ovation by the Spanish supporters at the home of arch-rivals Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.1⃣5⃣0⃣ ??? Sergio Ramos was given a special shirt before kick-off to mark his 150th cap for ??Spain, which he made ? Germany last week ¡Felicitaciones, Sergio!— FIFA World Cup ? (@FIFAWorldCup) 27 March 2018Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Notably Ramos’ ex-Real teammate Gonzalo Higuain failed to join in on the applause for the Spaniard.Since making his debut at international level for Spain, back in 2005, Ramos has since gone on to win both the European and World championships in his 13 year spell.  In his now 151 appearances for Spain, the defender has also scored 13 goals.last_img read more

CSJPS Substance Misuse Treatment Programme aims to address crime in Jamaica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 7, 2017 – Kingston – Crime prevention is a key factor driving the implementation of the Citizen Security and Justice Programme’s (CSJP) III Specialised Substance Misuse Treatment Programme, which involves collaboration with the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA).Under the partnership, persons flagged for drug use through the CSJP’s Community Case Management programme are referred to the NCDA for a special treatment course before they transition into the vocational- or job-training features of the CSJP.Communications/Social Media Coordinator, Patrice Nephew, addressing a recent JIS Think Tank said the initiative leads to improvements not just on an individual level but also contributes to cohesiveness in the family structure as well as the wider community.She said self-efficacy, self-actualisation and a greater sense of well-being achieved by individuals due to reduced or no drug use after completing the treatment programme, leads to more peaceful communities.“Once there is that productivity and they are ready for the workforce, we will see more legal commercial activity taking place, and we will see persons who are rising above their circumstances and being able to provide for their families and to help inspire other members of the community. It’s a multiplier effect,” she noted.Mrs. Nephew said the programme, the first tranche of which has been successfully implemented, also teaches appropriate social skills, enabling persons to more amicably resolve conflicts, thereby reducing the likelihood of violence.“We see where social capital is built and all of those positive social gains are actualized.   These are skills that our youth would be equipped with once they have gone through the programme,” she said.Social Worker with CSJP Western, Desmond Stewart, further noted that with improved employment or educational prospects from eliminating drug use, individuals will be gainfully occupied, and, as such, have less opportunity to be involved in criminal activity.“When they overcome the substance addiction and become gainfully employed or get involved in skills training, this reduces the amount of idle time they have. When occupied with positive things, that, in itself, will lead to a reduction in crime,” he pointed out.The CSJP’s strategic objectives are embedded in the wider Ministry of National Security five-pillar strategy, specifically that which speaks to achieving crime reduction through social development.Mrs. Nephew, meanwhile, said the results of the partnership, which started in July 2016, have been very encouraging, and gave commendations to the NCDA for its expertise and use of creative means to reach the youth.The CSJP referred more than 150 individuals to the NCDA, which conducted 541 individual sessions and 80 group sessions and workshops.Workshops were also done in communities and schools to sensitize adults and children about marijuana use and to train community volunteers to identify symptoms and persons in need of referral.Release: JISlast_img read more

Walker Says Budget Focuses On Public Safety Seaton Says Sustainability

first_imgSeaton agrees with experts who say the State needs to leave $1B in the CBR for emergencies, and the current balance of the CBR is $2.1B.  He says he also wants to ensure that a draw from the Earnings Reserve is sustainable. All in all 20 more positions will be added in the next phase of the Public Safety Action Plan, allocating $4.8 million for more troopers and prosecutors, $500 thousand for public defenders. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Friday, the Walker Administration released it’s budget, which calls for more resources to address the rise in crime and the opioid epidemic. It also requests $18 million to expand substance abuse treatment programs, and $10.5 million to address the growing prison population. The Governor proposes a $34 million increase in public safety spending to invest in the Public Safety Action Plan. The money will pay for a statewide drug prosecutor, prosecutors in Bethel, Kotzebue and Anchorage, and Trooper investigators in Bethel and Kotzebue. Homer Representative Paul Seaton, who co-chairs the House Finance Committee, wrote constituents today that his goals for the FY2019 budget are to finish on time and make only efficiency cuts while maintaining the level of services offered in FY2018. Story as aired:Audio PlayerWalker-says-budget-focuses-on-public-safety.mp3VmWalker-says-budget-focuses-on-public-safety.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Should I link my Instagram account to my dating apps

first_img Love Syncs Post a comment Tags Culture Share your voice 0 Think before you link. Getty Images Welcome to CNET’s Love Syncs, where we answer your questions about online dating. I’m Erin Carson, staff reporter, resident young-enough-person, refrigerdating correspondent, curator of oddities and most likely to leave you on “read.”Today we tackle the question of whether you need to get your Instagram account involved in your online dating pursuits. So, double tap that mess and let’s get going.Q: Should I link my Instagram to my dating apps?Instagram. It’s one of the best ways to curate an online self that’s only kinda sorta reflective of who you are. And thanks to technology, you can link it to a variety of dating platforms you might use. The idea is that it could help you better show off what your life is like to potential whomevers. But should you?Allow me to caution the hell out of you. First, be sure you know exactly how the dating profile you use integrates with Instagram. Some apps do a good job of hiding your handle as well as captions that might contain hashtags or friends’ handles or location tags. You can’t tap through to the person’s actual Instagram profile. That’s a good thing for reasons I’ll get into shortly. This might not be the case with every other platform you try.The reason any of that matters is because SOME PEOPLE ARE CREEPY.Trust me. I’m a woman on the internet. I know. Before you connect your Instagram, consider all the additional information you could be disclosing about your life to total strangers, like the places you regularly hang out, where you live, where you buy your hot sauce, the gym you go to, who your friends are. It’s the kind of info you could glean just from looking at a collection of photos and connecting a few dots. Someone you just met online — or maybe haven’t even started talking to, doesn’t need to know your last name and where you walk your dog. So, before you go linking accounts, take a skeptical eye to your own Instagram account and make sure you’re not unintentionally making yourself vulnerable to anyone out there with bad intentions. And don’t forget whatever crazy thing you post to IG, will end up on your dating profile as well. That means that pic you took of your midnight pastrami sandwich. Or, you could just stick with the four or five photos you’ve already picked out for your dating profile so I’m not up all night worrying about you. Your choice. CNET’s Love Syncs is an advice column focusing on online dating. If you’ve got a question about finding love via app, send it to for consideration. last_img read more