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June 17, 2009

Twitter Is Back And US State Department Delayed Twitter Maintenance

Twitter is back after the delayed planned maintenance, and they are now back online as most of you have probably noticed already. No problems have been reported, so we can assume that all went well. Meanwhile, the rescheduling of the planned maintenance of the service might in part have been influenced by the US State Department, according to a Reuters report. Biz Stone comments this in a blog post:

However, it’s important to note that the State Department does not have access to our decision making process. Nevertheless, we can both agree that the open exchange of information is a positive force in the word.

For more on Iran, see the #iranelection hashtag. Unconfirmed reports are coming in (via Twitter of course) that Iran is filtering out said hashtag, so you might want to try some other ones as well.

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May 29, 2009

White House Goes Transparent, Plans Blog Launch Next Week

When now President Obama campaigned, he got a lot of cred for being open about using new technologies, and you can definitely say that he spun the social sphere well enough. This continues to come to fruit with the launch of a Transparency Blog next week according to InformationWeek, who also quotes deputy CTO of the open government initiative at the Office of Science and Technology Beth Noveck.

“If we have the platforms, if we have the technology, marry it to a process that allows people to contribute their ideas or expertise, and marry that to laws that say it is OK, the hope is we can actually lead to and create a more open government,” she said.

That sounds good, and this does too, speaking about the Data.gov initiative:

“We don’t have to put everything on our Web sites, but we have to make sure that data is available on our Web sites so people can turn it into something that’s meaningful and useful to them,” Noveck said. For example, she pointed to the endless possibilities of new types of data visualizations.

It is good to see that the transparency urges of the new media sphere is affecting the governments as well.

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April 16, 2009

Just under half of Americans have Facebook or MySpace account

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All the news and personalities that we see using Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace makes us think that everyone is into it. The Harris Poll, however, revealed that half of Americans (51%) do not use Twitter or have a MySpace or facebook account. Just under half (48%) of adults have either a MySpace or Facebook page with 16% of adults updating their page at least once a day. Only 5% of Americans are currently using Twitter.

The nationwide survey of 2,220 U.S. adults surveyed online between March 31 and April 1, 2009 by Harris Interactive also revealed that:

  • Three-quarters of those aged 18-34 years old (74%) have a Facebook or MySpace account but this quickly drops off the older one gets. Just one-quarter (24%) of those 55 and older have an account;
  • Tweeting is also slightly more prevalent among the young, but not by much; 8% of 18-34 year olds use Twitter, 7% of those 35-44 use it, 4% of those aged 45-54 and just 1% of those 55 and older;
  • While men and women use Twitter at the same levels (5% each), women are more likely to have a Facebook or MySpace account (52% versus 45%); and,
  • There is also an educational difference in usage of social networking sites. Two in five people with a high school degree or less (40%) have a Facebook or MySpace account compared to 55% of those with some college and 52% of those with at least a college degree.

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