By Meredith Farkas | October 10, 2007
For comparison to the 2005 results (though some questions are new) visit Survey of the Biblioblogosphere: Attitudes and Behaviors
It’s interesting to see this, because these results are so different from the rest of the population. If I’m not mistaken, the vast majority of the general population consume RSS feeds through a personalized start page like MyYahoo! and this population is REALLY into the web-based aggregator. To me, the last negative of web-based aggregators went out the window with Google Gears, which allows you to download your feeds to your computer to read them offline and then synchronizes them when you go online again. This makes Google Reader heads and shoulders above the competition in my book.
|24. How many blogs are you subscribed to (or if you don’t subscribe, how many do you follow)?|
|Less than 15||22.3%||175|
|16 to 40||25.3%||198|
|41 to 75||14.5%||114|
|76 to 100||9.7%||76|
|101 to 150||11.9%||93|
|151 to 200||5.6%||44|
|more than 200||10.7%||84|
|skipped question|| 55
It’s amazing to me that 10% of bloggers actually subscribe to more than 200 blogs! My absolute drop-dead cutoff is 200 and I have never gone over 195 because I think my head would explode if I did. But then again, there’s a difference between subscribing and reading, for sure. The majority of folks seems to be casual readers and are subscribed to fewer than 40, and the number of people who subscribe to fewer than 15 blogs has almost doubled, which I think reflects the fact that the blogosphere is getting more diverse. Or maybe people are just finding a healthier balance in their life.
|25. What other social networking tools do you use to network with people in the profession (choose all that apply)?|
Go wikis! It’s amazing to see that so many people also use wikis to share information professionally!!! I’ve seen a huge growth in wikis used internally in libraries, but this number is higher than even I thought it would be (on par with IM? Wow!). Facebook has also become incredibly popular with librarians. I can remember going on Facebook and creating a profile when I was working on my book in late Fall of 2005 and no one was on there that I knew other than my little brother. Now, hardly a day goes by that I don’t get added as a friend by another librarian. It’s wild!
|Definitely||Pretty much||Somewhat||Barely||Not at all||N/A|
|Open to change||63.5% (498)||31.9% (250)||(250) 4.5% (35)||0.0% (0)||0.0% (0)||0.1% (1)|
|Tech-savvy||37.3% (292)||41.0% (321)||20.2% (158)||1.4% (11)||0.1% (1)||0.0% (0)|
|A leader in innovation at work||36.1% (283)||35.0% (274)||21.2% (166)||4.2% (33)||0.9% (7)||2.6% (20)|
|Happy at your job||36.0% (281)||36.4% (284)||18.3% (143)||4.7% (37)||2.1% (16)||2.4% (19)|
These results are much more interesting when you look at them filtered by different demographic types (which you will see in my next post). It’s interesting how few bloggers definitely consider themselves tech-savvy. It’s gone down a bit from 2005, which leads me to believe that the population blogging has gotten more diverse (not that people as individuals have become LESS tech-savvy. Otherwise, the results are not tremendously different from those in 2005.