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A Teenager’s View on Social Media

A Teenager’s View on Social Media
Written by an actual teen I read technology articles quite often and see plenty of authors attempt to dissect or describe the teenage audience, especially in regards to social media. However, I have yet to see a teenager contribute their voice to this discussion. This is where I would like to provide my own humble opinion. For transparency, I am a 19-year-old male attending The University of Texas at Austin. I am extremely interested in social media’s role in our society as well as how it is currently evolving. This article will not use any studies, data, sources, etc. I think the best way to approach this would be to break it down by social media network and the observations/viewpoints I've gathered over the years. Facebook In short, many have nailed this on the head. Facebook is often used by us mainly for its group functionality. Facebook is often the jumping-off point for many people to try to find you online, simply because everyone around us has it. Instagram Twitter Snapchat Tumblr

Your Digital Strategy Shouldn’t Be About Attention Are they talking about your brand? Around the clock? From Facefriend to Tweeter to Instapal? Pssst. What Teens Really Think About YouTube, Google+, Reddit and Other Social Media Based on the unexpected response to my original post, I’ve decided to discuss some of the social networks that I left out of last week’s post. I’ll include the same disclaimer that I had before: For transparency, I am a 19-year-old male attending The University of Texas at Austin…This article will not use any studies, data, sources, etc. This is because you can easily get that from any other technology news website and analyze from there. I’m here to provide a different view based on my life in this ‘highly coveted’ age bracket. That being said, I'm not an expert at this by a long shot and I'm sure there will be data that disproves some of the points I make, but this is just what I’ve noticed.

Using Twitter and Pinterest analytics to build engaging content strategies The news this week that Twitter has opened up its analytics platform to all is a welcome one for all marketers that value data validation within their decision making process. The announcement comes hot on the heels of the news from Pinterest that it has, for the first time, also opened up its vast treasure trove of data to businesses via its new interface. Data-driven content strategy is something I have spent the past 15 years pursuing and so the addition of such insight moves that process on further than ever and today I want to look at actionable ways in which these new platforms can be used. Social sharing The amount your content is interacted with when shared across social is the best validation of its quality, or resonance with your chosen audience. Until relatively recently though, the process of obtaining solid data on that had been convoluted at best and at worst expensive.

is the internet the new street? Today we're more distracted than ever. On our phones all the time, swept away in the infinite streams of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Twitter and everything else. Fashion shows feel as much about snapping the models of the moment, and filming the finales, as looking at the clothes. If you're lucky enough to sit front row at the British Fashion Council's big tent, you'll have a brightly coloured bottle of Vitamin Water and a cluster of phone chargers sprouting under your seat; that's all you really need. This is about so much more than fashion week though, it's about the way we experience the world.

WTF is the filter bubble? Concerns about how Facebook’s news feed algorithm values actual news stories and Twitter’s plan to organize tweets algorithmically have ignited talks about the “filter bubble” and its effects on publishers and readers. But what, you ask, is the filter bubble, and why should publishers (and others) be wary of it? All will be explained. What is a filter bubble? The filter bubble is created when a large group of people get most of their information from personalized new delivery platforms such as Google News, Facebook’s news feed and, to a lesser extent, Twitter.

An Inside Look at Anonymous, the Radical Hacking Collective In the mid-nineteen-seventies, when Christopher Doyon was a child in rural Maine, he spent hours chatting with strangers on CB radio. His handle was Big Red, for his hair. Transmitters lined the walls of his bedroom, and he persuaded his father to attach two directional antennas to the roof of their house. CB radio was associated primarily with truck drivers, but Doyon and others used it to form the sort of virtual community that later appeared on the Internet, with self-selected nicknames, inside jokes, and an earnest desire to effect change.

The Psychology Behind Why We Share on Social Media 1. To convey our identity Perhaps one of the strongest forces driving our motivation to share is based on our sense of identity — more specifically, the desired version of ourselves that we want to project onto the world. In a social-media sharing study conducted by The New York Times, 68% of respondents said they share to give people a better sense of who they are and what they care about. The psychologist Carl Rogers provided a possible explanation for this, arguing that our personalities are composed of a “Real Self” (who we really are), and an “Ideal Self” (who we want to be). According to Rogers, we are constantly motivated to pursue behaviors that bring us closer to our Ideal Self.

‘No Original Response’: J.G. Ballard predicts Social Media, CCTV, Reality TV Above: J.G. Ballard. Photo by Simon Durrant, from i-D magazine, 1987. Above: Excerpt from Ballard’s 1977 Vogue essay (via Gideon Defoe).