Don't get me wrong. By blending the most popular elements of mobile technology in a new way, Snapchat is in a separate category – in fact, a category leader like Instagram or Pinterest. But it's also a little in the Instagram category – photos + text, only with a time element to it (more about Instagram here). And it's kind of a perishable Pinterest, where photos are scrapbooked or placed into … [Read more...] about Snapchat: Gamified Instagram, ephemeral Pinterest?
The sweetness in social media use
I just had to write about this, thankful as I am to feel so close to my family and friends new and old while working 12 time zones away. I'm in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the 2012 Internet Governance Forum, for which I'm co-leading a session on digital citizenship involving teens and young adults from here, Georgia, Iran, Egypt, Europe, and Hong Kong, and where my ConnectSafely.org co-director Larry … [Read more...] about The sweetness in social media use
Smart students’ countermeasures for social media safety
This is how safety, citizenship, and social change work best in social media. Count on students to lead the way. "After a bullying Twitter account at Linn-Mar High School [in Marion, Iowa] spurred copycats in Iowa City," students at West High School in the latter city adopted countermeasures, the Iowa City Press Citizen reports. Their strategy was simple and effective: Identify a student being … [Read more...] about Smart students’ countermeasures for social media safety
Teens flocking to Twitter for privacy?
Now that so many parents are on Facebook, teens are defying predictions and adding Twitter to their social toolboxes, according to an article at MSNBC. The number of teens using Twitter has doubled in the past two years, to 16% of 12-to-17-year-olds last July (the latest data available), the article cites the Pew Internet & American Life Project as finding. "Teens tout the ease of use and the … [Read more...] about Teens flocking to Twitter for privacy?
How/what media we share (by 1 measure)
If Web users' use of "AddThis" is a measure of how people share media – and Ad Age thinks it is – then Facebook accounts for more than half (52%) of our media-sharing, but "Twitter was up 577% this year" overall (13.5% of sharing) and accounted for 52% of media-sharing in Japan, interestingly. Tumblr came in third overall, at 1,299.5% growth (fastest-growing). Google's +1 button has plateaued, Ad … [Read more...] about How/what media we share (by 1 measure)