92% of online adults use email and search engines

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The most popular online activities are search and email remain and are nearly universal among adult internet users, as 92% of online adults use search engines to find information on the Web, and a similar number (92%) use email. Since the Pew Internet Project began measuring adults’ online activities in the last decade, these two behaviors have consistently ranked as the most popular, even as new platforms, broadband and mobile devices continue to reshape the way Americans use the internet and web. Even as early as 2002, more than eight in ten online adults were using search engines, and more than nine in ten online adults were emailing.

 

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25 percent of Americans use smartphones, not computers, for web browsing

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As more and more people are using smartphones, we’re relying on them for more of our Web surfing.  Twenty-five percent of Americans say they’re now doing most of their Internet browsing on their phones instead of a computer, according to a new report from the Pew Internet Project.

 

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Addressing the Problem of Addresses

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Futurist Thomas Frey:  When Hurricane Katrina hit the city of New Orleans the US Post Office was faced with a major dilemma. For countless centuries, the modus operandi for the post office was to deliver mail to a location, and the individuals who lived at that location would stop by and pick up their mail. But following the hurricane, the floods had destroyed all of the “locations”.

 

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World’s Largest Source of Spam Email Shut Down By Microsoft and U.S. Marshals

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The scale of the shut down is unprecedented.

The world’s most prolific source of spam emails has been shut down in a series of coordinated raids by Microsoft and US federal authorities.  The Rustock botnet, an international network of virus-infected computers, had for years generated billions of emails per day, promoting unlicensed online pharmacies and cut-price impotence pills.

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Under 25’s Abandoning E-mail for Social Networking Sites

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Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan got together via email in the 1998 film ‘You’ve Got Mail.’ Now they would likely use Twitter.

Many scoffed when Mark Zuckerberg declared the death of email last month. Now new figures reveal that the Facebook founder may be right.  Just like cassettes, videos and faxes, the use of email appears to be in an irreversible decline.

 

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Spam in Decline After Disappearance of Russian Ringleader

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Law enforcement agencies periodically dismantle spam organizations, and successful campaigns inevitably lead to fleeting, yet wondrous, periods of diminished e-mail junk. Well, we’ve apparently entered one of those temporary stays from trash, so enjoy those Viagra-free inboxes while you can…

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