Tenth Grade Tech Trends — Product Design
A few months ago, my fifteen-year-old sister told me that Snapchat was going to be the next Instagram. Many months before that she told me that Instagram was being used by her peers as much as Facebook. Both times I snickered. Learning from past mistakes, I took some time over the holiday break to ask my sister many, many questions about how she and her friends are using technology. Instagram Looking at her Instagram feed, I noticed that the vast majority of photos were of people – not beautiful views, objects, or experiences. My takeaway: Facebook was smart to buy Instagram. Facebook She mentioned that she tries to visit Facebook as infrequently as possible. My takeaway: Facebook may have an irreversibly bad brand. Instant Message While much of my childhood was spent instant messaging, on AIM and then Facebook Chat, my sister says she and her friends rarely IM with each other. Most of my sister’s friends’ post-school communication takes place on iOS apps, such as iMessage and Snapchat.