theEweekly Wrap - Social age, MSN revamp and Sesame Street goes Google

Demographic principals New research has revealed the average age of social networking users. The 2009 Pew Internet report has discovered the median age of account holders on Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and Facebook.

The study, conducted by Princeton Survey Research between August and September 2009, showed the average age of Facebook users has risen over the past 12 months from 26 to 33-years-old. The median age of Twitter users is 31.

Interestingly, the report also shed some light into the participation of adolescents on Twitter. While a number of investigations have suggested minimal youth participation on the micro-blogging service, the Pew study discovered that those between 18-25 accounted for 37 per cent of users on site.

The median age for a MySpace user is 26, while LinkedIn has an average age of 39.

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A lick of MSN Paint Microsoft has been getting a head start in the spring-cleaning stakes after taking a digital paintbrush to its consumer web portal The site, which is currently only available to a set number of US users, now boasts fewer links, a dedicated social media feed and a new layout. It will be rolled out globally in 2010.

Lisa Gurry, senior director at MSN said that the site would allow users faster access to information.

"More than half of people online start their sessions on sites like MSN and they told us they want simplicity - yet still want the latest information and their favourite services delivered together."

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'S' is for search engine Google, known for the occasional logo doodle on its homepage, has celebrated the anniversary of two iconic children's television programmes this week.

Not content with featuring UK institution Wallace and Gromit on its homepage for the Aardman classic's 20th anniversary, the search engine has been celebrating the 40th year of Sesame Street. Google marked the birthday of the US children's show with a host of logos and a very special video on the Google blog.

Data protection action Google celebrated the launch of Google Dashboard this week. The new service gives users the opportunity to view their personal data for a range of services, including Googlemail, Docs, YouTube and Web History.

The Google Dashboard allows users to view and edit their protected data for each service, while also displaying the most recent activity on the account.

"In an effort to provide you with greater transparency and control over their own data, we've built the Google Dashboard," said Alma Whitten, software engineer at the search engine company.

"Designed to be simple and useful, the Dashboard summarizes data for each product that you use (when signed in to your account) and provides you direct links to control your personal settings. Today, the Dashboard covers more than 20 products and services."

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