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Pew Internet Releases Report on Blogs

Magazine article Information Today

Pew Internet Releases Report on Blogs

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"Blogger," despite a resemblance to the French word "blagueur" or "joker," is becoming a label more and more Internet users wear proudly, according to "Bloggers: A Portrait of the Internet's New Storytellers." The July 19 report was released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Based on phone interviews with 233 American Internet users, the report is a follow-up to another recent survey on Internet usage. For the blog survey, Pew Internet called only those respondents who had identified themselves as bloggers in the last survey, which amounted to about 8 percent of interviewees. Because of the small number of interviews, the questionnaire is detailed and informative, but it carries a relatively large margin for error (+/- 7 percent).

The report indicates that an estimated 8 percent (12 million) of Americans are blogging, out of a total of 157 million Internet users. Thirty-nine percent (57 million) read them.

Here are some highlights from the report:

* Ninety-five percent of bloggers get their news from the Internet compared to 73 percent of all Internet users. …

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