In our last E2 poll we asked, "What is your preferred format for consuming online information that helps you do your job?" What your responses and your comments told us is that you chow down on a variety of content sources because you like a balanced diet of information.
News analysis, blogs, and feature articles are like your major food groups -- together, claiming 71 percent of the vote, they sate the bulk of the E2er's hunger for info. And, just like vegetables and grains supply you with different nutrition, you told us that these major content sources each supply you with something different -- news analysis for the facts, feature articles for the deeper dive into the details, and blogs for insights and opinions.
As for infographics, you use them like a good multivitamin -- a great way to quickly consume essential data points, but better used as a supplement than as as a primary source of information.
Social media is like your mixed buffet of snack food. There's the healthful crudité of headlines from reliable news sources. There's the occasional, surprising amuse-bouche that introduces you to a new source of unique info. And there's the irresistible spread of delectable gossip that you guiltily gobble up like a platter of pigs-in-a-blanket.
So when it comes to consuming information, it seems that you'd like to order a bit of everything on the menu. As E2 user Nemos said, "I would like to 'tick' all the possible answers, we are living in the information era so every information source is valuable for me." But since we forced you to choose just one, here's the full breakdown of your responses:
What is your preferred format for consuming online information that helps you do your job?
- 26.32 percent -- Blogs
- 30.70 percent -- News analysis articles
- 14.04 percent -- Feature articles
- 1.75 percent -- Press releases (newsfeed)
- 4.39 percent -- Message boards
- 8.77 percent -- Vendor information
- 7.89 percent -- Informational graphics
- 6.14 percent -- Social media feeds
Regardless of which content source you've chosen to make up the bulk of your information diet, thank you for making E2 one of the places you come to grub down.