August 19, 2011

Pew Internet around the web

As a research organization that studies how people use the internet, we do our best to stay on top of the many (and ever-changing) popular online services that can help share our research with various online communities. While there is often some overlap in content, each method lends itself to certain types of posts or interactions.

We’re sure this list will evolve over time, but at the moment here’s your handy guide to the best ways to get in touch with us or keep up with our work on the web:

  • Twitter : If, like 13% of your fellow internet users, you use the status-updating service Twitter, you can follow us at @PewInternet. Twitter is where we post a steady diet of interesting data points, notifications of all of our new materials, and links to relevant articles from around the web. Due to its real-time nature, our Twitter stream is the place to go for updates about (hopefully rare) site outages and other news. You can also follow our researchers’ individual accounts, and keep up with other Pew Research projects. And, as always, you can tweet us directly with a question or comment.
  • Facebook : If Facebook is your favorite web destination, you can follow us there, too! We tend to post more links to news articles in this space, especially pieces that discuss our research or technology topics that we think our readers might be interested in.  It’s also a great place to go if you have a quick question about a report or want to discuss the findings with others.
  • Tumblr : Our Pew Internet tumble-log is still in the experimental stage, but we’re having a lot of fun. It’s a good place to go for our favorite charts, videos of our talks, and round-ups of interesting links we’ve run across—but if you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see here, let us know!
  • Slideshare : This is the best place to go to browse slides from our recent talks and presentations. However, if there’s a particular talk you’re interested in, be sure to take a look at its page on our website for links to reports and other related research mentioned in the presentation itself.

Beyond social media, we have a few “classics” as well:

  • Email : While our social media accounts can keep you updated with Pew Internet news and findings throughout the day, our email alerts are the best way to make sure you don’t miss a single report. Our bimonthly newsletters are best if you want a general digest of everything that’s been happening in the past two weeks (such as new reports, upcoming presentations, and recent commentaries), while our report alerts notify you as soon as any new report is released. You can choose to receive alerts about all new reports, or select specific topics to suit your particular interests. Our email alerts are also an excellent way to be notified whenever we post a new data set to our site (just check the box for “Data Set Alerts”).
  • RSS : If you’re a “just the links” sort who prefers to get their news through an RSS reader, here we have a number of options—from the firehose of “all updates” to feeds specifically for reports, presentations, commentaries, or press releases.

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