Pew Internet & American Life Project. May 21, 2013.
Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information. Despite taking these privacy-protective actions, teen social media users do not express a high level of concern about third-parties, such as businesses or advertisers, accessing their data; just 9% say they are “very” concerned. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://pewinternet.org/~/media//Files/Reports/2013/PIP_TeensSocialMediaandPrivacy_FINAL.pdf [PDF format, 107 pages, 2.52 MB].
Pew Internet & American Life Project. April 26, 2013.
Social networking sites have grown more important in recent years as a venue for political involvement, learning, and debate. Overall, 39% of all American adults took part in some sort of political activity on a social networking site during the 2012 campaign. This means that more Americans are now politically active on social networking sites (SNS) than used them at all as recently as the 2008 election campaign. At that point, 26% of the population used a social networking site of any kind. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://pewinternet.org/~/media//Files/Reports/2013/PIP_CivicEngagementintheDigitalAge.pdf [PDF format, 59 pages].
Knowledge @ Wharton. March 13, 2013.
When Pope Benedict XVI left the Vatican on February 28, his more than two million Twitter followers stayed behind. While hardly known for being cutting edge, the Vatican was prescient enough to set up a social media account that expressly belonged to the papacy and not to an individual pope. But recent legal skirmishes at companies using social media suggest that these boundaries are not always so clear. Who owns a Twitter or Facebook account when personal and business uses are blurred? When an employee quits, can he take his account, and his followers, with him? Wharton experts weigh in. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
The Pew Research Center’s Project on Excellence in Journalism. March 18, 2013.
In 2012, a continued erosion of news reporting resources converged with growing opportunities for those in politics, government agencies, companies and others to take their messages directly to the public. Signs of the shrinking reporting power are documented throughout this year’s report. Estimates for newspaper newsroom cutbacks in 2012 put the industry down 30% since its peak in 2000 and below 40,000 full-time professional employees for the first time since 1978. In local TV, our special content report reveals, sports, weather and traffic now account on average for 40% of the content produced on the newscasts studied while story lengths shrink.
Pew Research Project on Excellence in Journalism. March 4, 2013.
The reaction on Twitter to major political events and policy decisions often differs a great deal from public opinion as measured by surveys. This is the conclusion of a year-long Pew Research Center study that compared the results of national polls to the tone of tweets in response to eight major news events, including the outcome of the presidential election, the first presidential debate and major speeches by Barack Obama. [Note: contains copyrighted material].