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Gender issues on Twitter?

harvardFollowing my previous post about Twitter, I read a report on a Harvard study about how and why people use Twitter.

The findings were surprising, as the survey’s authors put it…

It seems that there are some kind of gender issue in the way that men who twit have generally more followers than women. Here are the main conclusions of this survey :

  • Although men and women follow a similar number of Twitter users, men have 15% more followers than women
  • They found that an average man is almost twice more likely to follow another man than a woman
  • On a typical online social network, most of the activity is focused around women – men follow content produced by women they do and do not know, and women follow content produced by women they know
  • Among Twitter users, the median number of lifetime tweets per user is one. This translates into over half of Twitter users tweeting less than once every 74 days
  • the top 10% of prolific Twitter users accounted for over 90% of tweets

One thing is sure for me… I do not understand more why people twit after that… I just realize that a lot of people probably tried it and … left it.

As the authors write it in the introduction of their post :

Twitter has attracted tremendous attention from the media and celebrities, but there is much uncertainty about Twitter’s purpose. Is Twitter a communications service for friends and groups, a means of expressing yourself freely, or simply a marketing tool?

More to read about the Twitter phenomenon :

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When teaching might be an option

nytIn times of depression, some jobs may look more attractive than others. In fact, I don’t know many people right now boasting about their new job in finance or in banking… they rather try to hide right now…
By the way, I remember a time… not so old… when it was almost a shame to say I was teacher… even worse, claiming to be part of the public administration (even though I don’t hear many teachers claiming to be part of a governmental structure :-).

On April 11th, STEVE LOHR wrote an article about that in the New York Times acknowledging the fact that new graduate students are now considering public careers with a little less disdain… an even interest !
tforaAs I wrote before, I’m convinced these crisis days are days of opportunities to recruit valuable teacher for our school system… So let’s work on it and let’s make those kind of careers attractive, like « Teach for America » did, for example.

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Hurry Cain ! Crisis communication

Coming back from summer holidays, I’m reading, just like many of us, articles and news about hurricane Gustav and how it is has a (stormy) impact on the Republican National Convention.
This is a dramatic illustration, in my opinion, of how politicians have to be able to cope with crisis communication. In the opposite of Bush’s absence of reaction when Katarina hit New Orleans, McCain has to move fast from celebrating Republican Ambitions to showing support to people from Louisiana.

But as Peter Baker puts it in the New York Times :

With television tracking the storm’s approach and showing images of an emptying New Orleans, it was hard for voters to escape reminders of how Mr. Bush had emerged from Hurricane Katrina severely wounded by judgments of incompetence and lack of empathy.

This is (another) turning point in the presidential campaign as McCain has the pressure to match the Democrat Convention media cover and Obama’s historical speech.

“There are two sides to the coin,” said Joe Gaylord, who was a top adviser to Newt Gingrich, a former House speaker. “On the one hand, you’d like the time to be able to present your message to the public. On the other hand, when the country’s going through something like this — and remember just how searing Hurricane Katrina really was for the country — to have that happen almost on the anniversary in almost the exact location, to not pay attention would be a huge mistake.”

It will be interesting to see what’s going to be remembered from this hectic period in a (already) historical presidential campaign in America and how spin doctors from both sides are able to make the best of a crisis…

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