ast month, Yahoo and ComScore released the results of a joint research project which showed that our of an average of 85 websites that people visit each month, people are really only "deeply engaged" with about 1.5 of them.
I'm a little more active online than the 'average' person - I can think of five sites with which I consider myself "deeply engaged":
- Google - without doubt, this is one of the sites I use the most. If Google didn't function properly one day... well, I'd use another search engine... but aside from that I'd be quite put out.
- Twitter - whether I'm on the site itself (which I do with increasing frequency as I continue to have problems with Twitter's API limits) or accessing the service through a desktop or mobile application, I probably use Twitter more frequently than any web service other than Google.
- Google Reader - usually the first website I check each day - I do still scan mainstream newspaper sites, but I pull most of my reading material into Google Reader. I spend more time actively using this site than any other.
- Facebook - I'm getting back into Facebook as time goes on and I increasingly look to use social media tools to keep in touch with my non-techy friends. Most of them use Facebook so I can still be a geek while staying in touch with them.
- Delicious - as with Twitter, I often interact with delicious in irregular ways (usually via the Firefox extension). However, I use it multiple times every day, whether I'm adding to my 1,000+ bookmarks or pulling resources out of them. I use it to track media coverage, to compile my reading lists, to save resources... the list goes on.
Does this resonate with you? Which sites are you really, deeply, engaged with?
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