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Research – Less effortful thinking leads to more social networking? April 20, 2011

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Less effortful thinking leads to more social networking? The associations between the use of social network sites and personality traits 

SourceComputers in Human Behavior , Volume 27 Issue 3, May, 2011

Authors:
Bu Zhong College of Communications, Pennsylvania State University, 223 Carnegie Building, University Park, PA 16802, USA
Marie Hardin College of Communications, Pennsylvania State University, 201 Carnegie Building, University Park, PA 16802, USA
Tao Sun Community Development and Applied Economics Dept., University of Vermont, 204B Morrill Hall, Burlington, VT 05405, USA

    

Abstract:

"Social network sites (SNS) have become an important social milieu that enables interpersonal communication by allowing users to share and create information. This study explored the associations between SNS use and personality traits, i.e., need for cognition (NFC) and information and communication technology (ICT) innovativeness. The findings showed that the SNS use had a negative association with NFC and a positive association with ICT innovativeness. Specifically, people who were more likely to engage in effortful thinking used SNS less often, and those who were high in ICT innovativeness used SNS more often. Meanwhile, those who spent more time on SNS were more likely to be multitaskers. Additionally, those who spent more time on SNS also spent more Internet time in general, more online time for study/work and more time in surfing the Web with no specific purpose. This study, which could be a first look at the link between social networking and our thinking, provides evidence for the associations between social media use and personality traits." 

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Bing Overtakes Yahoo Globally for First Time March 1, 2011

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According to StatCounter, the Bing search engine overtook Yahoo Search for the first time worldwide in January and increased its lead in February 2011. Its research arm StatCounter Global Stats found that globally Bing reached 4.37% in February ahead of Yahoo! at 3.93%. Both trail far behind Google’s 89.94% of the global search engine market.

In the United States Yahoo! at 9.74% still retains its lead over Bing at 9.03%. Google’s share in the US is 79.63%. In July 2009 Microsoft announced an agreement whereby Bing would power the Yahoo! search technology. This has been implemented in the US, Canada, Australia, Brazil and Mexico.

Question: How representative are StatCounter’s findings (considering, for example, StatCounter is a free online visitor stats tool and thus a self-selection derived sample)?

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Google Adds 12 New File Formats to their Docs Viewer February 20, 2011

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Google had added the following 12 new file formats to their Docs Viewer:

  • Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 / 2010 (.PPTX)
  • Apple Pages (.PAGES)
  • Adobe Illustrator (.AI)
  • Adobe Photoshop (.PSD)
  • Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)
  • PostScript (.EPS, .PS)
  • TrueType (.TTF)
  • XML Paper Specification (.XPS
  • Within Gmail, these newly added file formats will now show a “View” link (as shown in the above Photoshop attachment); clicking on the "View" link will allow you to view any supported attachment within the Google Docs Viewer.

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    Rural US, only 60 percent of households use broadband Internet service February 18, 2011

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    In rural America, only 60 percent of households use broadband Internet service, according to a report released Thursday by the Department of Commerce (10 percent less than urban households). Over all, 28 percent of Americans do not use the Internet at all.

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    How Internet Connected is Your Comunity? See the US Nat’l Broadband Map February 18, 2011

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    The National Broadband Map is a tool to search, analyze and map broadband availability across the United States. The Broadmap Map was created (and maintained by the NTIA), in collaboration with the FCC, and in partnership with 50 states, five territories and the District of Columbia

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    Australian Govt. Report Released – volunteers have a growing preference for online volunteering February 16, 2011

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    The report which polled more than 800 volunteering groups, found that traditional forms of volunteering remained popular but new forms of participation were emerging and needed to be accommodated.

    The report will inform the National Volunteering Strategy, which the Australian Government plans to release later in 2011.

    http://thirdsectormagazine.com.au/news/national_volunteering_strategy_consultation_released/054658/

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    Who are Facebook and Twitter Users? See a Strikng Infographic February 16, 2011

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    The Facebook vs Twitter Infographic (a breakdown of 2010 social demographics) by Digital Surgeons is very attractive (see below). Although Digital Surgeons provided a list of sources at the bottom of the said graphic, one key question begs asking: Were the illustrated findings derived from sound social science research methodologies?

     

    Gmail Security – Google Rolls Out 2 Step Gmail Verification February 11, 2011

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    Two-step verification: what you need

    1. A phone that is usually available to you when you sign in. This could be:
      • A standard phone (landline or mobile)
      • Any Android device, BlackBerry device, iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad that can run the Google Authenticator application
    2. A backup phone that you can use if you lose access to your primary phone. This could be:
      • A work or home phone (landline or mobile)
      • The phone of someone you trust, like a friend or family member

      For further information:

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    Using a Marketing Tool to Increase the Ability to Recruit Volunteers: Positioning and Perceptual Mapping ((tags: Debbie-Haski-Leventhal, Lucas-C-P-M-Meijs, Volunteer-Recruitment, Marketing, Perceptual-Mapping, Nonprofit, NPTech, Randy-Tyler, Online-V February 10, 2011

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    The volunteer matrix: positioning of volunteer organizations by Debbie Haski-Leventhal and Lucas C. P. M. Meijs,
    International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, December 2010

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    Survey: Nearly 60 per cent of staff would volunteer with support from employers January 14, 2011

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    v, The National Young Volunteers’ Service, commissioned YouGov to conduct a research project to better understand attitudes of employees and employers towards employee volunteering schemes1. This report presents the findings from two surveys, carried out in the first half of November 2010, which compared and contrasted the perspectives of over 500 managers and over 1,000 other employees. Participants were drawn from a representative cross-section of (UK-based) private, public and charity sectors and size of organisation.

    Some of the December 2010 report findings:
    • 58 per cent of employees stated that they would be very or fairly likely to volunteer if their employer offered them help to do so
    • 57 per cent of employees would be interested if their company allowed them to volunteer during work hours
    • 19 percent of employees said that nothing can encourage them to volunteer
    Download the 38 page PDF December 2010 report findings entitled "Volunteering is the Business: Employers’ and employees’ attitudes to workplace based volunteering" from the following URL:

    http://vinspired.com/uploads/admin_assets/datas/1541/original/Volunteering_is_the_Business_FINAL.pdf

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    When a Video Goes Viral, the Impact Can be Huge. See Story January 5, 2011

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    http://d.yimg.com/nl/ynews/blog/player.swf

    One can rarely be certain if, when or what type of video will go viral, but when it does, huge impact may follow as illustrated in this homeless man’s story.

    WomenONCall Aims to Provide Skilled Online Volunteers for Non-Profits January 5, 2011

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    Non-profits interested in learning more about WomenOnCall.org can call (800) 531-3543 to schedule a conference call with WomenOnCall.org staff and to brainstorm specific areas in which their organization can use volunteers with professional skills.

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    Firefox Overtakes Internet Explorer in Europe in December 2010 January 4, 2011

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    Firefox overtook Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) to become the number one browser in Europe in December 2010 according to StatCounter (note: not a random sample), the free website analytics company.

    Firefox took 38.11% of European market share, compared to IE's 37.52%. Google's Chrome browser in third place is gaining market share in Europe and has grown to 14.58% compared to 5.06% in December last year.

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    Social Networks Meant for Social Good, but at a Price December 21, 2010

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    Free Calling in Gmail Extended Through 2011 December 21, 2010

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