42% of students have created a profile on a social networking site such as Facebook or MySpace, but just 15% of the employed and 2% of retired peopleand that
e-mail and internet messaging are still by far the most dominant means of online communication.But still,
There has been an enormous increase in the use of search engines such as Google to find information - with 57% mainly using search engines, compared with just 19% in 2005.
Only 16% of internet users have tried to set up a website for personal use - and the proportion is unchanged since the last survey in 2005.and
only one in 10 internet users have taken part in political activities online, such as signing an online petitionWhich suggested to the BBC sub-editors a heading:
No Web 2.0 - yetMaybe a better conclusion would be that what we currently have is Web 1.8 Beta ;-) Something that has the potential to be the start of a significant change, but which has still not been really tested, matured and made into a stable "product". That's why encouraging people to trial the Beta is so important, if we do not use it then we will be stuck with another product currently undergoing testing WebMax Web that serves the big corporations and media moguls where, at last, we are all reduced to consumers of what our "betters" think is trite enough to attract our feeble attentions long enough to pay...
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