March 6, 2005


Poll: Most Americans unfamiliar with blogs (CNN, 3/03/05)

Though use of the Internet has become pervasive among Americans, a poll released Thursday finds that few computer users are tuned in to the blog phenomenon.

More than three-quarters of Americans -- 76 percent -- said they use the Internet, but only 26 percent said they were "very familiar" or "somewhat familiar" with blogs.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 6, 2005 8:59 PM

What was the title of that Chaim Potok novel again?

Posted by: ghostcat at March 7, 2005 12:12 AM

Judging from CNN's ratings, most people are unfamiliar with CNN, too. The most busted name in news.

Posted by: Randall Voth at March 7, 2005 4:43 AM

Here's a link to a piece I did for Tech Central Station deconstructing the numbers behind the story.

I wrote it exactly one year ago this month.

Posted by: Ed Driscoll at March 7, 2005 4:52 AM

I don't know about the blog phenomenon; but do folks still bother to look at that newspaper phenomenon?

Posted by: Barry Meislin at March 7, 2005 5:22 AM

The couch potatoes may still watch CNN (for a moment or two), but people who really want to know what is going on in Lebanon or Ukraine or even Vermont are going to turn to blogs. Wolf Blitzer and (especially) Judy Woodruff just can't keep up, and their bias/condescension weighs them down more each day.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 7, 2005 8:36 AM

Jim, I must admit that I tune in to CNN each presidential election just to see Judy Woodruff cry on camera when the Republican is declared the winner.

Posted by: Randall Voth at March 7, 2005 8:55 AM

If blogs have had as much impact as this with such low numbers, imagine what they will do with each extra percentage point of familiarity.

Why don't a few conservative bloggers get together and start advertising. RealClearPolitic aggregates all the pundits & news stories. Why not form a cosortium of bloggers to aggregate blogs.

[I note that bloggers sort of do this by linking to each other so often.]

Posted by: bb at March 7, 2005 10:05 AM

What impact?

Posted by: oj at March 7, 2005 2:17 PM