Tenth Grade Tech Trends

Josh Miller, one of the makers of Branch:

“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 her and her friends are using technology.”

Here are the tenth grade tech trends. Some interesting stuff in here…lots more questions than answers but I think a few bigger things are becoming clear:

  • Small differences in social linking and ease-of-use have big effects at scale. (e.g. asynchronous follow on Twitter/Facebook…wow I can’t believe I wrote this 3 years ago.)
  • People have no problem using multiple services at once. (e.g. using five or six social networks at once)
  • People use each service in different, yet subtle, ways. (e.g. Snapchat isn’t just for sexting)
  • Different age groups use services differently. (e.g. teens don’t need email yet)

With all these quick-post social tools…it feels odd to be blogging. :)

via @cwodtke

Published: December 31st, 2012

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