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

New 5 Billion Page Web Index with Page Rank Now Available for Free from Common Crawl Foundation

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#Data Services#web Related Posts A freely accessible index of 5 billion web pages, their page rank, their link graphs and other metadata, hosted on Amazon EC2, was announced today by the Common Crawl Foundation. “It is crucial [in] our information-based society that Web crawl data be open and accessible to anyone who desires to utilize it,” writes Foundation director Lisa Green on the organization’s blog.The Foundation is an organization dedicated to leveraging the falling costs of crawling and storage for the benefit of “individuals, academic groups, small start-ups, big companies, governments and nonprofits.” It’s lead by Gilad Elbaz, the forefather of Google AdSense and the CEO of data platform startup Factual. Joining Elbaz on the Foundation board is internet public domain champion Carl Malamud and semantic web serial entrepreneur Nova Spivack. Director Lisa Green came to the Foundation by way of Creative Commons.The Foundation explains the scope of the project thusly.“Common Crawl is a Web Scale crawl, and as such, each version of our crawl contains billions of documents from the various sites that we are successfully able to crawl. This dataset can be tens of terabytes in size, making transfer of the crawl to interested third parties costly and impractical. In addition to this, performing data processing operations on a dataset this large requires parallel processing techniques, and a potentially large computer cluster.“Luckily for us, Amazon’s EC2/S3 cloud computing infrastructure provides us with both a theoretically unlimited storage capacity coupled with localized access to an elastic compute cloud.”The organization was formed three years ago, just now started talking about itself publicly and believes that free access to all this information could lead to “a new wave of innovation, education and research.”Open Web Advocate James Walker agrees: “An openly accessible archive of the web – that’s not owned and controlled by Google – levels the playing field pretty significantly for research and innovation.”last_img read more

Nova Scotias Liberal government to table budget shelved by election Sept 26

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Liberal government will next month re-introduce a budget shelved because of its May 30 election call.The budget will be tabled Sept. 26, five days after the legislature opens on Sept. 21 for its fall session.The $10.5-billion budget introduced April 27 included a tax cut for about 500,000 low and middle income earners by increasing the basic personal exemption by up to $3,000 for taxable income up to $75,000.It also featured a second consecutive operating surplus.Premier Stephen McNeil has said the new fiscal document will contain all the measures in the original budget, along with a few additions that are likely health-related.Health care was an issue that was largely seen to have contributed to the Liberals’ loss of seven seats in the spring vote, which nonetheless returned them to power with the province’s first back-to-back majority in nearly 30 years.last_img read more

Detroit And Minnesota Are Saving Thanksgiving Football This Year

This year’s Thanksgiving slate of NFL games is … not great. Only the game between the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings has some juice to it. As you’ll see in the video above, that’s surprising! The Lions are usually the team holding Thanksgiving football back, not making it exciting.Check out our latest NFL predictions.

Dragovic happy to be given another chance by Puel

first_imgAleksandar Dragovic was featuring a lot in the starting eleven of Leicester earlier this season but then, Wes Morgan came back after an injury and the Austrian had to sit on the bench.The former Bayer Leverkusen player admitted that it was very difficult for him not to be playing for a long period of time but he is happy that he was given another chance to prove himself in the Premier League games.The Austria international spoke about this season as he said, according to Leicester Mercury:“I am happy to be back in the first team after a long time.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I always give my best in training and I want to improve every day in training because Wes Morgan is always the perfect captain and a perfect player.”“I was happy the coach gave me the chance to play and we will see next week what happens.”“I got a kick and I was a little bit tired also.”“I got one-minute recovery, which was important, and I told Wes I was okay and he didn’t have to warm up. I was okay.”last_img read more

Jeremie Aliadiere I told Matteo Guendouzi to join Arsenal

first_imgFormer Arsenal forward Jeremie Aliadiere says that he told Matteo Guendouzi to join the club as he was certain that it was the “right place for him”Aliadiere, who was part of the famous 2003/04 Invincibles squad that went the entire Premier League season unbeaten, played alongside Guendouzi at Ligue 2 side Lorient.But the French teenage midfielder swapped the French side for Arsenal in July for a £7m fee.Since then, Guendouzi has established himself as a regular under manager Unai Emery.“I knew when I first saw him that he had something special and that a lot of clubs would be after him,” said Aliadiere, according to ESPN.“I said to him that for his development Arsenal would definitely be the right place for him. You can go to big clubs and never get a chance but Arsenal always give you a chance to their young players. I thought it’d be good for him.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.The 19-year-old was named as the Arsenal player of the month for August and has kept Uruguay international and fellow newcomer Lucas Torreira on the bench.This is something that not even Aliadiere anticipated.“To be honest yes, I have been surprised. When I saw him joining the club I didn’t expect him to start straight away, I thought it would take him a bit of time to adapt but he’s such a confident lad,” Aliaidiere said.“When I was playing with him at Lorient you could see that, on top of having the talent, he’s just so confident in himself.“It doesn’t matter who you are, what career you’ve had, he’s happy to be whatever and friends with everybody.“He’s just a nice and happy guy to be around. I’m not surprised he’s getting on with everyone in the dressing room.”last_img read more

Gene Testing In the Doctors Office

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Gene Testing In the Doctors Office (2009, December 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-12-gene-doctors-office.html Verigene is the first nanotechnology device that uses a combination of nanotechnology and microfluidics housed in a plastic cartridge to extract DNA from a blood sample and screen it for the relevant sequences.People respond to drugs differently, due to the genetic variations in enzymes that metabolize some of the most common prescribed drugs. By using the Verigene device, doctors and hospitals can isolate a patient’s DNA and analyze it within an hour or two. The results collected can then be used to prescribe a drug that would be most beneficial to the patient.The technology for detecting variations in patients has been around for years but the process can take days or weeks and is very expensive. Doctors would have to send a sample of the patient’s blood or saliva to a lab where the DNA is extracted and analyzed. In the meantime the doctor would prescribe medication to a patient not knowing its effectiveness until the test results return from the lab. A patient’s blood is injected into a disposable cartridge that houses a system of microfluidics chambers holding the reagents for chemical reactions. A glass slide dotted with DNA is also contained in the disposable cartridge. Once the disposable cartridge is placed into the Verigene instrument, reagents in the chambers are mixed, triggering a series of reactions. DNA is then extracted from the white blood cells and everything else is washed away. A DNA solution passes over the glass slide and targeted DNA binds to spots on the slide that have been stamped with DNA sequences that are complementary to the target sequence. Gold nanoparticles are then sandwiched to the other end of the DNA fragments and coated with silver, allowing it to be easily detected when light hits it. The Verigene system can also detect respiratory viruses, such as the H1N1 flu. Nanosphere has been installing their systems in medical centers, community hospitals and research centers, for the past month. The device is one of many microfluidics technologies in development for genetic testing in a doctor’s office or hospital while the patient waits for the results.More information, visit: Nanosphere Inc.Via: Technology Review© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — A portable instrument manufactured by Nanosphere Inc. and recently approved by the FDA, can detect genetic variations in blood that alter the effectiveness of some drugs. This disposable cartridge can detect genetic variations from blood samples. DNA is isolated from white blood cells and captured on a glass slide within the cartridge. Credit: Nanosphere, Inc. Rapid DNA Detection Quickly Diagnoses Infectionslast_img read more