Blogging down – social networking up

The latest Pew report on Social Media and Young Adults looks at teens and young adults (18-29). Pew report that blogging is now undertaken by about 14% of teens – about half the figure of just a few years ago. Social networking is up nearly three quarters. A small rise is also reported in blogging amongst the 30+.

Overall, not many surprises really, but should give pause for thought regarding the half-life of internet technologies. Today Facebook is king, but for how long? Three years ago would you have predicted that blogging would be in decline? I don’t think I would have – and I don’t think many Web 2.0 mavens did. Social networking in *some form* is almost certainly here to stay. I personally hope the walled gardens are replaced with more truly open approaches.

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