Personal perspectives on information science, the evolving Internet, delivery of public services online, Web 2.0, the Web of Data, the Semantic Web, communities, folksonomies and more. With an emphasis upon convergence between some or all of the above, and a UK slant.
“The main means of access [to the Internet] was via a desktop computer (93 per cent) followed by a laptop (31 per cent) andmobile phone(15 per cent).” [my emphasis]
15% of UK adults use a mobile phone to get online? A year ago, theCIEhadfiguresfromMORIto suggest that 8% used mobile devices such as phones, and that 3% considered such a device to be their preferred means of access. At the time I said that would rise, but I don't think even I would have foreseen a doubling in the numbers in just twelve months.
Again, then, what does this mean for our clunky Virtual Learning Environments and library interfaces? If you haven't done so, find someone with a suitably equipped mobile phone and take a look.
“Of those adults who had ever used the Internet, 91 per cent had used a search engine to find information, 81 per cent sent an email with an attachment, 23 per cent posted a message in a chat room or newsgroup, 17 per cent had used peer to peer file sharing, such as exchanging music and films and 13 per cent had created a web page.”
Likefiguresfrom thePewmore than a year ago, this clearly shows the rise ofparticipativerather thanpassiveuse of the Internet.