Why Teens Aren’t Using Twitter: It Doesn’t Feel Safe

Twitter seems to be the hottest thing in tech recently — if you look at TechCrunch, it averages at least 3 posts a week about Twitter. But the bigger question is, who is really using Twitter? Many of you might think that, as with most of the latest gadgets and technologies, teenagers are using Twitter, but you’re wrong, and here’s why. Matthew Robson, a 15 year old intern, over at Morgan Stanley, wrote a report on how teenagers are consuming media, and why Twitter isn’t the hot topic in high school halls.

If you look at technologies trending with teens right now, it’s Apple devices (iPhone, iPod), smart phones (Blackberry, Palm), and then social networks (Facebook and MySpace). At least that’s what I see from hanging out with 1,500 other teenagers in high school every day (I am 16 years old). But why not Twitter? Well, because Twitter is a different type of social network than Facebook. Facebook is about connecting people, and sharing information with each other. The way my friends and I see it, Facebook is a closed network. It’s a network of people and friends that you trust to be connected to, and to share information like your email address, AIM screen name, and phone number. You know who’s getting your status messages, because you either approved or added each person to your network.

I wrote a post today on TechCrunch about Twitter, and why teenagers aren’t adopting it. Got quite the response as well — 130 comments, and a Techmeme headline so far. What do you think? Leave your comments below!

12,000 Twitter Updates

Today at around 3:40 PM, I posted my 12,000th update on Twitter. I started Twittering in March of 2007, and I have come along way. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has followed and supported me throughout my journey in the Twitterverse. If you don’t follow me already, I suggest you do. A special thanks to Adam Jackson from DailyTechTalk and Macworld Bound for taking a screen shot of my Twitter count:

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School Starting

Summer is coming to an end, and on Monday, August 18, school gets back in session for me, and many other students across the world. As another school year starts, it’s best to welcome new technological advancement in schools like classdojo toolkit. For more details about this app, search for https://www.classdojo.com/studentstories/. In my case, this means I can’t work for Qik as much as I am working now. This also means I can’t work as much on my new venture, Teens in Tech.

I am entering my Junior year in the Educators private school, arguably the most important school year before college. Because it will be my most important, I will be focusing more on my studies, then on work/hobbies.

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Drop.io releases Twitter Support

Drop.io, Inc., the simple private sharing solution, today Drop.io started testing a new set of features to enhance Drop.io’s file sharing experience, making it faster and easier for users to privately share and store pictures, videos, audio, documents, and other digital content with family, friends, colleagues and work groups. In early June 2008, Drop.io introduced support with Scribd, the leading platform for online document publishing, announced today a partnership to offer rich document conversion and viewing within private drop.io ‘drops’.

Headlining the package of new Drop.io features is the integration of Twitter’s social
networking and micro-blogging platform to enable ‘real-time’ sharing of files uploaded to a drop through a user’s personalized Twitter stream.

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TwitterFone

Many of you have heard the buzz of the awesome mobile service called TwitterFone on TechCrunch, CNET News, VoIP Now, Silicon Valley Watcher, and many more.

TwitterFone is free service that lets you update your Twitter feed using your voice from any mobile or cell phone. You call it, speak your tweet, and hang up. A short while later, your tweet will be posted on Twitter. TwitterFone was founded by Pat Phelan, Florian Seroussi, and David Marcus.

Our friends at TwitterFone were very kind to give us 10 TwitterFone invite codes. The first ten (10) people that email the special TwitterFone email address, will receive an invite. If you don’t get an invite, I will try to get more. Stay tuned!

UPDATE: I am all out of invites. If you would like invites, please talk to Pat Phelan or Florian Seroussi over Twitter. Thanks!

iPhone 3G App Crash

I have been having some problems with my iPhone 3G. Nothing big, but it still affected me. Every time I would try to open a application, and the phone would go back to the home screen. This happened on every application I downloaded from the App Store. I sent out a Twitter message, and got a reply from Aaron (@sonictonic on Twitter). He forwarded me to this MacRumors iPhone Story.

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