More than a quarter of the general public respondents currently participate on some type of social media or social networking site", revealed a recent OCLC report called "Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World".
The report conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of OCLC includes users from six countries—Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and library directors from the U.S. The research provides insights into the values and social-networking habits of library users.
Here are briefly some of the findings:
*89 % of respondents have been online for four years or more and nearly a quarter have been using the Internet for more than 10 years.
*The Internet users have migrated from using the Internet to building the content on the new Internet
*On networking sites " 39 % have shared information about a book they have read, 57 % "have shared photos or videos and 14 % have shared self-published information"
* 50 % of the respondents feel the Internet is more save today than two years ago.
* 70 percent of social networking sites users, "often or sometimes trust who they communicate with on social networking sites."
More details are available from the post or if you have time, you can download the 280-pages report. One interesting and encouraging fact for all librarians and webmasters in libraries is that that 13 % of the public feels it is the role of the library to create a social networking site for their communities.
Via: OCLC News