Monday, August 30, 2010

Dramatic Increase in Social Networking Among Older Adults

According to a study from Pew Internet, 42% of internet users ages 50 and older now use social networking sites. Between April 2009 and May 2010, this percentage almost doubled. The study also found that 26% of internet users ages 65 and older use social networking sites. Here are two interesting statistics.

“One in five (20%) online adults ages 50-64 say they use social networking sites on a typical day, up from 10% one year ago.

Among adults ages 65 and older, 13% log on to social networking sites on a typical day, compared with just 4% who did so in 2009.”

Hopefully, many older adults are discovering the terrific gluten-free resources on Twitter and Facebook. Make sure your gluten-free tweets and Facebook pages are appealing to adults of all ages!

Friday, August 6, 2010

The History of Blogging

The first blog, known as an online diary, was established in 1994 by a college student, Justin Hall.  The archives on his site go back to 1996, so here is one of his oldest available posts.

In 1997, the term "weblog" was developed by Jorn Barger.  The first blogging platform, Open Diary, was created in 1998.

Wordpress was created in 2003. Blogger was launched in 1999 and purchased by Google in 2003. To learn more, read this fascinating blog post from Mashable: A Brief History of 9 Popular Blogging Platforms.
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