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Gartner Says 80% of Active Internet Users Will Have A Second Life 

By the end of 2011, 80% of active Internet users (and Fortune 500 enterprises) will have a “second life”, but not necessarily in Second Life, according to Gartner, Inc.

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User-Generated Content No.1 Threat to Media and Entertainment Industry: Accenture Survey

Media and entertainment executives see the growing ability and eagerness of individuals to create their own content as one of the biggest threats to their business, according to a recent Accenture survey. 

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US Online Dating Market by the Numbers: 20M Visitors in December

The US online dating market will reach $932 million in 2011, according to a latest report from JupiterResearch. The number of paying customers  to U.S. dating sites has stayed steady at around 5% of Internet users in the five years of the annual survey by JupiterResearch. 

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Organizing Digital Media: 28% of Internet Users Tagged Content Online

A survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project has found that 28% of internet users in have tagged or categorized content online such as photos, news stories or blog posts, . On a typical day online, 7% of internet users say they tag or categorize online content.

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Top 10 Online Newspapers Blog Traffic Grew 210% YoY in December to 3.7M Visitors

Web traffic to the blog pages of the top 10 online newspapers grew 210% year over year in December 2006, compared to the 9% overall unique audience growth to these online newspapers, according to Nielsen//NetRatings (NTRT). Unique visitors to blog pages accounted for 13% of their December 2006 Web traffic, up 9 percentage points from 4% in December 2005.

U.S. Top 10 Online Newspapers and their Blog Pages - Unique Audience

Roll-Up

UA (000) Dec-05

UA (000) Dec-06

Year-Over-Year Growth

Top 10 Online Newspapers

27,371

29,940

9%

Blog Pages within Online Newspapers

1,217

3,776

210%

Source: Nielsen//NetRatings, January 2007

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55% Online Teens Use Social Networks; 85% MySApace Vs. 7% Facebook: Pew Internet

Some 55% of all online American teens ages 12-17 use online social networking sites, according to a new survey of teenagers conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The survey also finds that older teens, particularly girls, are more likely to use these sites. 

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Freakonomics is Fun, but Check Wikinomics to Spur Innovation by Millions and Prosper

What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? How much do parents really matter? Freakonomics has become a wildly popular book as it created a new field of study concerning these and many other, mostly freakish,  issues. 

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18 Blogs Responsible For The 100 Most Popular Blog Posts Of 2006: BuzzMetrics

Crooks and Liars blog and David Sifry's State of the Blogosphere posts together accounted for 7 of the top 10 blog posts, while a small group of 18 power bloggers - focused on politics, blogging and humor - were responsible for the top 100 blog posts for 2006, according to word-of-mouth measurement firm Nielsen BuzzMetrics. 

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BuzzMetrics: Web 2.0 Most Popular Wikipedia Entry; Top 10 Entries & Top 10 Blogs

The term "Wikipedia" was cited in blogs nearly 29,000 times in November 2006, up 54% from 2005. In addition, the use of highly indicative phrases - "according to wikipedia" OR "wikipedia says" OR "says wikipedia" - rose 200% versus last year, according to Nielsen BuzzMetrics

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MIT Technology Review on Q&A Sites: Yahoo Answers Tops

Google Answers was recently folded, but there are still quite a few Q&A sites on the web. Wade Roush at MIT Technology Review conducted a test recently to evaluate and rank prominent sites including Yahoo Answers, Microsoft's Live QnA, AnswerBag, Yedda, Wondir, and Amazon's new Askville  (via SearchEngineLand).

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