Internet and American Life - Content Creation Online 44% of...

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Content Creation Online Pew Internet & American Life Project 1 Content Creation Online 44% of U.S. Internet users have contributed their thoughts and their files to the online world. Embargoed for release at 5pm, Sunday, February 29, 2004 Amanda Lenhart, Research Specialist John Horrigan, Senior Research Specialist Deborah Fallows, Senior Research Fellow
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Content Creation Online Pew Internet & American Life Project 2 In a national phone survey between March 12 and May 20, 2003, the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that more than 53 million American adults have used the Internet to publish their thoughts, respond to others, post pictures, share files and otherwise contribute to the explosion of content available online. Some 44% of the nation’s adult Internet users (those 18 and over) have done at least one of the following: ± 21% of Internet users say they have posted photographs to Web sites. ± 17% have posted written material on Web sites. ± 13% maintain their own Web sites. ± 10% have posted comments to an online newsgroup. A small fraction of them have posted files to a newsgroup such as video, audio, or photo files. ± 8% have contributed material to Web sites run by their businesses. ± 7% have contributed material to Web sites run by organizations to which they belong such as church or professional groups. ± 7% have Web cams running on their computers that allow other Internet users to see live pictures of them and their surroundings. ± 6% have posted artwork on Web sites. ± 5% have contributed audio files to Web sites. ± 4% have contributed material to Web sites created for their families. ± 3% have contributed video files to Web sites. 44% of Internet users have created content for the online world through building or posting to Web sites, creating blogs, and sharing files Summary of findings The data reported here come from a national survey of 2,515 American adults, conducted in two parts from March 12-19 and then from April 29-May 20, 2003. The number of Internet users in the sample was 1,555. The margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points. Pew Internet & American Life Project, 1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 710, Washington, DC 20036 202-296-0019 http://www.pewinternet.org
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Content Creation Online Pew Internet & American Life Project 3 ± 2% maintain Web diaries or Web blogs, according to respondents to this phone survey. In other phone surveys prior to this one, and one more recently fielded in early 2004, we have heard that between 2% and 7% of adult Internet users have created diaries or blogs. In this survey we found that 11% of Internet users have read the blogs or diaries of other Internet users. About a third of these blog visitors have posted material to the blog. Most of those who do contribute material are not constantly updating or freshening content. Rather, they occasionally add to the material they have posted, created, or shared. For instance, more than two thirds of those who have their own Web sites add new content only every few weeks or less often than that. There is a similar story related to the small proportion of Americans who have blogs.
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