Over the past few days I’ve been making lots of graphs and charts to display the results of my “Social media use in archives and special collections” survey. Would you like to have a sneak peak at some of the results?
Out of 185 total responses, 116 repositories use social media and 69 do not.
Interesting, right? I wasn’t as much surprised at the number of repositories who did and didn’t use social media as I was by when repositories joined social media. Some comments from those who have only recently joined up or have not yet (but want to) indicate that they’ve had to wait a long time for approval from their supervisors or parent institutions.
In terms of platforms, I was definitely expecting Facebook to come out on top, with blogs, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube as close contenders. The most popular responses for “Others” were Historypin and Foursquare. I should have included Historypin in my initial list (one of the departments in the repository I work for uses it), but I must have forgotten when compiling the options.
I’m working on putting these statistics and many others into an infographic to share here on my blog, so check back again to see it! I’ll make sure to send the final results out to several listservs, and will publicize it here and on my other social media accounts. Please contact me with any questions, comments, etc.