It’s a kind of digital-age product segmentation or mitosis (remember learning about how cells divide and multiply in biology class?), all the different communication options that have come with the rise of digital media – texting, liking, social gaming, social networking, tweeting, snapchatting, skyping, etc. Each one seems to be associated with a certain level […]
Category Archives: mobile communications
Ninety-five percent of US 12-to-17-year-olds use the Internet, 93% have access to a computer at home and 71% of teens with that computer at home share it with other family members, according to a study released today – the biggest explanation, most probably, for why teens’ Net use has gotten so mobile. It allows them […]
Snapchat, the little app that came out of nowhere – well, Stanford University, but launched with no media fanfare by a couple of students whose service now supports 50 million snaps a day – has been joined by a similar “ephemeral messaging” app by Facebook: Poke. But now that perishable photo-sharing (the photos disappear in […]
This article was originally published April 23, 2012, then my service’s server crashed, losing months of data. So reposting 11/18/12. “We want to customize our lives…,” “It is as though we have all put ourselves on cable news…,” “We seem willing to dispense with [other] people altogether….” All these dire, dour, disrespectful pronouncements about this […]
You know that texting doesn’t just happen on phones, right? Kids can (and do) download a free texting app to any wi-fi-enabled device – iPod Touches, iPads, Android tablets, etc. – and text with their friends for hours without racking up any Verizon, AT&T or other mobile carriers’ charges. For the same reason that they’re […]
Shades of social media researcher danah boyd’s finding on teens’ “social steganography” (hiding in plain sight): The Daily reports (about halfway into a 2-min. video) that, because so many parents are now monitoring their kids on Facebook and checking their texts, “an enormous amount of teenagers” are using Instagram to take random photos just so […]
With a free new app, users can make calls between FB pages and leave voice messages on each other’s walls.
There’s no substitute for thoughtful use of location-based services on cellphones – you know, the ones that share one’s physical whereabouts – but it helps to drill down a bit with tips like these.
An important New York Times piece on cyberbullying illustrates parents’ challenges in dealing with it, among other things. Let’s zoom in on the questions parents face.
Four percent of US online adults now use location-sharing services on their cellphones, according to the latest Pew Internet data.