A. How many K12 schools ban IM?
B. How many University / Higher Ed Institution firewalls block it?
C. How many on-campus labs, cafes are fitted with ICQ, MSN & Yahoo on the desktop?
I’m just guessing here but I’d wager this is the story for the vast vast majority of organisations is:
A. Lots and lots… 90%+
B. Every single one
C. None (unless they have been user installed)
Do you reckon I’m about right?
If so we have a serious problem, as Robert Farmer (no relation :o) pointed out in 2003 (and which only just surfaced via someone… have forgotten again!) in Instant Messaging – Collaborative Tool or Educator’s nightmare! :
“74% of online teens use instant messaging. In comparison, 44% of online adults have used IM.
69% of online teens use IM at least several times a week.
19% of online teens say they use IM most often to contact their friends when they are not with them; and 8% use email.”
And this is especially interesting when compared to the forums we rely so much on:
I’ve spent all day reading predictions so am loathe to try it myself but what the heck :o) Forget RSS, blogs, wikis, open source etc. etc. etc. 2004 has been the year of SMS (txt & pxt) and 2005 will be when that explodes where IM and SMS meet, and then perhaps we’ll stop banning/prohibiting and making the most of the inevitable embrace with the most powerful communication tool since email…. or perhaps not…