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December 17 Research and Best Practices e-Newsletter


Web 2.0 finds its payday (12/10/2010) – McKinsey survey of 3,249 executives finds companies using the Web intensively gain greater market share and higher margins. Majority of respondents using the Web say their companies enjoy measurable business benefits such as increased speed of access to knowledge, reduced communications costs, and increased customer satisfaction. http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Organization/Strategic_Organization/The_rise_of_the_networked_enterprise_Web_20_finds_its_payday_2716?pagenum=2

Generations 2010 (12/16/2010) – Major trends are found in how different generations of Americans use the Internet. Biggest trend is that certain key internet uses are becoming uniformly popular across all age groups. Growth in the use of social networks is highest in the 74 and older age group. http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Generations-2010.aspx

Twitter penetration hits 8% in US (12/2010) – PEW survey finds 8% of American adults who use the internet are Twitter users. Groups with relatively high levels of Twitter use include young adults, Latinos and urbanites.

Open Gov Data Benchmarking Study (12/15/2010) Socrata study focuses on the current state of Open Data Initiatives in federal, state and local governments including implementation progress, general attitudes, motivators and obstacles. S Strong support for Open Data among citizens and public employees was found.

Social Networking Across the Globe (12/15/2010) – PEW survey finds 46% of those surveyed in the U.S. use social networking. Poland, Britain and South Korea close behind. Survey also found that when people in middle and low income countries have the opportunity to use the internet they tend to participate in social networking. http://pewglobal.org/2010/12/15/global-publics-embrace-social-networking/

Making Collaboration Work (11/2010) – Forrester report finds 64% of those who use social networking tools in business use them more than last year. Video chat, team document-sharing sites and web conferencing also experienced significant increases in usage.


Best Practices in Mobile Web Apps (12/16/2010) The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) released a new standard for developers of mobile Web. The document offers practical advice on everything from relevant engineering practices to tips on creating a better user experiences. http://www.w3.org/

ExpertNet (12/2010) – GSA and the White House are soliciting comments on a concept for next generation citizen consultation. This government-wide software tool could provide a process to elicit expert public participation and a mechanism to provide useful, relevant, and manageable feedback on a topic. http://expertnet.wikispaces.com/Getting+Started

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