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Excerpt: Seven Tools for Organizing Web Research

Lumifi is a collaborative research tool. With Lumifi students and teachers can collaboratively share, evaluate, and organize information found online and off-line. What makes Lumifi different from other online collaboration tools is the ability to upload documents then extract only the relevant information to share with others. Often while researching a topic students only need part of a document or web page, Lumifi gives users the option to weed through peripherals and get right to the information they need.

Wet Mount is a website designed to organize findings from the Internet. The organization process is based on a simple number-line concept. When users find information (text, image, or video) that information is placed in a chart. As more information is found the chart can be reorganized to accommodate more information and place it based on relevance to the original search terms. Watch a screencast here.

Zoho offers a suite of collaborative tools that in many ways are similar to the Google Docs suite. Zoho Notebook is an excellent tool to introduce to your students at the beginning of the school year. Students can use Zoho Notebook to keep track of the web resources that they find while researching a topic. One of the selling points of Zoho Notebook over similar services is that your students can log-in using a Zoho ID, Google ID, or Yahoo ID.

Reframe It is a handy browser extension for Firefox and Internet Explorer. Reframe It is best described as social bookmarking (like Delicious) meets team white boarding (think Twiddla). The social bookmarking aspect of Reframe It is bookmarking and sharing links. The white boarding aspect of Reframe It is the ability to frame or crop a section of page and comment on it. The comments appear in a side margin so that you can continue to look at the web page.

Nice list of 7 Web research tools for journalists/students/teachers, etc

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New Stats on Social Networking, Mobile, & Net Traffic from Resourceshelf.com

Nice, detailed collection of updated stats via resourceshelf.com

A Collection of New Statistics about Social Networking, Mobile, and Internet Traffic

  1. Social networking now accounts for 11 percent of all time spent online in the US.
  2. December 2009 data from comScore puts Facebook%u2019s unique US visitor count at nearly 112 million.
  3. Facebook (February, 2010), 100 Million Mobile Users (Up from 65 Million Less than Six Months Ago)
  4. A total of 234 million people age 13 and older in the U.S. used mobile devices in December 2009.
  5. Twitter is as of December processing more than one billion tweets per month. January passed 1.2 billion, averaging almost 40 million tweets per day. This is significantly more than Twitter was processing just a few months ago.
  6. Facebook users were more engaged than MySpace users, visiting Facebook an average of 27 times in December versus 14 for MySpace.
  7. One in four (25%) US Internet page views occurred at one of the top social networking sites in December 2009, up 83% from 13.8% in December 2008.
  8. Nearly one in 10 visits went to one of these sites in December 2009, versus 5.8% in December 2008.
  9. MySpace and Facebook virtually flipped positions over the course of a year %u2014 in December 2009, visits to Facebook accounted for 68% of visits to a custom category of 10 social networks, compared to MySpace%u2019s 28%. In December 2008, Facebook had 29% of visits and MySpace had 64%.
  10. Facebook drove category growth, with its overall market share growing 286% from December 2008 to December 2009.


  1. Tagged, MyYearbook, and Orkut users were the most active, visiting those sites about every other day or more.
  2. MyYearbook and Tagged users spent 2 minutes longer on average on those sites than the average Facebook user.
  3. Twitter%u2019s audience growth occurred during the first few months of 2009 %u2013 at one point jumping from 4 million visitors to 17 million visitors between February and April.
  4. MySpace saw its user composition shift toward younger audience segments in 2009, with people age 24 and younger now comprising 44.4 percent of the site%u2019s audience, up more than 7 percentage points from the previous year.
  5. American teens send more than 3,000 text messages a month %u2013 or more than 10 times every hour that they are not sleeping or in school, according to a new study. Meanwhile, children 12 years old and younger send about 1,146 text messages a month %u2013 or about four text messages per waking hour that they are not in school.
  6. In the past year, smartphone ownership increased from 11 percent to 17 percent of mobile users, while 3G phone ownership increased from 32 percent to 43 percent and unlimited data plan subscriptions rose from 16 percent to 21 percent.
  7. While RIM, the operating system for BlackBerry devices, remained the leading mobile smartphone operating system in the U.S at 41.6 percent, it saw its market share drop slightly along with Microsoft and Palm.
  8. Apple, which owns a quarter of the mobile market and is ranked second, saw a gain in popularity for its media friendly iPhone platform.
  9. Separate research released by Cisco estimates that global mobile data traffic has increased by 160 percent over the past year to 90 petabytes per month, or the equivalent of 23 million DVDs. The company projects that this figure will increase 39-fold by 2014, to about 3.6 exabytes per month. One exabyte is equal to about 1 billion gigabytes.
  10. The iPhone hit 25% of market share in the smartphone industry in the US, according to the latest report from comScore.

Some of the statistics come from the following report:
From The 2009 U.S. Digital Year in Review (comScore)
The complete report is free but you must register.

Sources We Used
TechNews Daily
Fierce Mobile Content
PC World
iPhone Alley
Digital Beat
Social Networking by the Numbers/Research-Write
Royal Pingdom (Twitter)


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The Apple App Store Economy – GigaOM

Informative graphic about the scale and scope of Apple’s App store

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So it’s called the iPad: Five thoughts on how it will (and won’t) change the game for news organizations » Nieman Journalism Lab

Excerpt: … But the iPad, as we know it today, doesn’t change any of the fundamental economics of news commerce. On the iPhone, you can sell news apps through the App Store; you can upsell specific pieces of content to people within your apps; and you can sell advertising within those applications. (Apple takes chunks of the revenue from those first two options.)

Interesting analysis of how the iPad might or might not impact the news biz

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