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The Internet in 2010 by the numbers

In News & Notes on January 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Libraries keep track of information, that’s something we do well.  Be it books, movies, databases, digital content or programs – if it is affiliated with the library, usage will be tallied.  This blog post by Royal Pingdom provides interesting data on how the Internet grow and was used in 2010.

Interested in how many emails were sent? How about Internet usage by continent?

What about the number of Internet users out there or even the amount of video or photos added online last year?

This blog was started in June 2010, so we’re one of the numbers that makes up this fact: “152 million – The number of blogs on the Internet (as tracked by BlogPulse).”

Enjoy the numbers; as a librarian it’s an interesting list of usage statistics and as a Internet user, it’s a cool tally of how important online interaction has become in our world.

Wonder how 2011 will compare to 2010?


“Have you seen my phone?”

In Check This Out on January 19, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Lost phones in the library are nothing new, this happens on a regular basis.  Usually, the phone can be called and tracked down by its owner but occasionally, the phone really is missing/lost/stolen – what to do then?

There are several things users can do to track their phones; those with iPhones can buy apps or use MobileMe to locate the missing device.  The Technically Personal site lists six ways to track a lost phone or users can review the GPS function of their phone (see this article for details).

A missing phone can be a nuisance but apps and tracking software can lead to quick recovery.  The most important step is registering or enabling the software and/or apps so they can do their intended job.

Happy New Year, 2011 is here!

In Read This on January 3, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Schmid Law Library wishes you a happy new year, we look forward to another great year and what is to come.  After the 2010 lists have been filed away, it’s time to look ahead – what will 2011 look like, what trends can we forecast?  Without the use of a crystal ball, telling the future is a challenge but never-the-less, something humans try.  Social media will continue to change how people interact both person-to-person and in the digital wold.

The staff at Read Write Web has a great discussion (and list) on how social media will impact our lives this year.  Will this be the year of the mobile device, will Apple continue to define how we use Apps or will something completely new change social media dynamics?  Who knows but it will be fun to see happens!