Having read the categorisations from the “Pew Internet Project’s Typology of Information and Communication Technology Users” report I had myself down as a “Lackluster Veteran”. So much so that I thought I’d better start some blog posts here and get a Facebook account, just to see where it takes me.
However when I did the test it rated my as an “Omnivore”!. Really not sure about that.
Incidentally, in a recent corridor conversation I was told “Unless they have something completely interesting to say then all bloggers should be shot”. So this is now a matter of life and death!
Summary of categories below (the percentage is of Americans in each group according to the poll)
They have the most information gadgets and services, which they use voraciously to participate in cyberspace and express themselves online and do a range of Web 2.0 activities such as blogging or managing their own Web pages.
Between featured-packed cell phones and frequent online use, they connect to people and manage digital content using ICTs â€“ all with high levels of satisfaction about how ICTs let them work with community groups and pursue hobbies.
Lackluster Veterans 8%
They are frequent users of the internet and less avid about cell phones. They are not thrilled with ICT-enabled connectivity.
Productivity Enhancers 8%
They have strongly positive views about how technology lets them keep up with others, do their jobs, and learn new things.
Mobile Centrics 10%
They fully embrace the functionality of their cell phones. They use the internet, but not often, and like how ICTs connect them to others.
Connected But Hassled 10%
They have invested in a lot of technology, but they find the connectivity intrusive and information something of a burden.
Inexperienced Experimenters 8%
They occasionally take advantage of interactivity, but if they had more experience, they might do more with ICTs.
Light But Satisfied 15%
They have some technology, but it does not play a central role in their daily lives. They are satisfied with what ICTs do for them.
Despite having either cell phones or online access, these users use ICTs only intermittently and find connectivity annoying.
Off the Network 15%
Those with neither cell phones nor internet connectivity