Internet users in the world from 1993 to 2014 (As on 1 st July 2014) 

Internet users in the world from 1993 to 2014 (As on 1 st July 2014) 

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The main purpose of the present study is to shed light on the importance of social media, particularly Social Networking Sites (SNSs) in Library and Information centers (LICs). Libraries are slowly adopting SNSs to provide effective services to its user’s community without wasting much of their time. Further, the paper highlights on the Internet an...

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... present society has witnessed a tremendous change in all matters, be it educational institutes, R&D organizations, business enterprises and library & information centers which are not exception to these developments. The use of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ YouTube etc. have become a popular and integral part of everyday communication. The technology savvy users have considered these communication tools as the sixth basic need of human being. However, in addition to communication, social networking sites facilitate the creation and sharing of various forms of content including blogs, photos, videos, audios, files, status and many more. These Social Networking Sites (here after SNSs) are helping people evolve with a current trends in technology and changing face of the world of communication (Madhusudhan, 2012). The SNSs are profile based websites that allow the users to maintain social relationships by viewing, visiting and sharing the lists of social connections with the members (Boyd & Ellison, 2008). Boyd & Ellison (2008) define SNSs as “Web-based services that allow individuals to (a) construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system, (b) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and (c) view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system”. Since its inception in the early 1960s, the internet was used by computer experts, engineers, scientists and librarians. Over a period of time, there was a gradual increase in the number of internet users. At present, around 40% of the people have internet connection worldwide. The figure 1 shows the internet users of the world from 1993 to 2014. There is an exponential increase in the number of internet users from 1993 to 2014. During 2005, there were one billion internet users worldwide. Within a span of five years it has reached the two billion mark. The table 1 shows the statistics of top ten countries’ internet users. It indicates that China leads the table with 64,16,01,070 internet users. On an average, there is a growth of 2.5 crore internet users every year (with 4% growth every year). Among the total internet users of the world, there is more than 20% share from China alone. The US and India ranked second and third respectively as per the internet users are concerned. It is interesting to note that Nigeria has 16% growth of internet users in one year whereas that of India and Russia are 14% and 10% respectively. The penetration of internet users compared to the population is highest among US, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, France etc (more than ...

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... Once the LICs set up the social networking, it becomes very easy to provide services to the users' community. Thus, social media can be a complementary technology tool to the traditional library system for library professionals (Kenchakkanavar and Hadagali, 2016). ...
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