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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Social Networking

This is a guest post by Spencer C. You can find more about Spencer on
his own blog, or you can
follow him on Twitter.

An Online Social Network, in my opinion, is a hosted service that connects individuals or groups of people. There are many pros and cons to the many social networks out there. Below are my opinions and reviews of various types of social networking platforms.

Microblogging

Microblogging-based social networks provide profiles that are designed to be updated very frequently, but without huge detail. One of the ones I use most is Twitter, which is probably the largest microblogging social network. The service lets you update through several different interfaces, including their web site, SMS, one of several instant messaging networks (although AIM is
regrettably not supported), or desktop applications like Twhirl and Snitter. You can keep up with family and friends with a click of a button. There are other “copycat” networks like this, with two examples being Pownce and Jaiku, but they
simply aren’t as popular as Twitter. (Editor’s note: the Editor (and the writer) is a huge Twitterholic – don’t end up with the addiction that he picked up thanks to Twitter!)

Profile-based Networks

This category is, by far and wide, the most popular, including sites such as MySpace and Facebook. Generally, one would put together a profile using the service’s tools, adding various levels of interactivity, and friends look at what other friends post to their friends profiles as well as their own. Typically, the main goals of these services are to help you create new friends, find old friends, and to express yourself online. Let’s take MySpace as an example. They have a search feature for finding old friends and options to find people with interests that are similar to yours. Extras from MySpace include a blogging feature and an instant messaging network.

There is much controversy over MySpace (although there’s much less in respect to other networks), mostly over people giving out too much information, like address, phone numbers, and other personal data. This data may be picked up by sex offenders, who pose a significant risk to users of social networks. If you think that there’s no danger involved with MySpace, and that all of the Dateline NBC stories are fakes and rarely happen. This is NOT so. In July 2007, the company found and deleted 29000 profiles belonging to registered sex offenders! Around 30 thousand profiles were sex offenders! Facebook is much safer in this regard, but there will always be a problem with safety in profile based systems.

Media Based

With networks like Last.fm, the connections lay around the media. People sign up for these services,
provide the service with data, like favorite movies or songs, and the network in turn finds people and groups
with matching interests. These sites help you find both new media (i.e.. new
songs and videos), and meet the people who produce them.

Group Based

These social networks are basically profile based systems that are made for a specific group of people. An example of this is MySpace Music.
They are based on profiles, but also include functionality like a music player
where you can buy an artist’s songs.

(Editor’s note: Sites like Ning allow
you to build your own social networks that focus on a specific niche and provide
services and resources relevant to that niche.)

There are, of course, many networks that I didn’t even mention, since the ones listed above are definitely the most notable. You can check out Wikipedia’s extensive community published list of social networking sites to find one that suits you.

Do you have your own opinions about social networking? Leave a comment and let your voice be heard!

One Year of Blogging, One Year of Learning

On March 25th, 2007, Daniel’s Blog was created on WordPress.com. Much like the birth of my podcast, Apple Universe, this was meant to be at first an experiment. Robert Scoble inspired me to start blogging, and has since inspired me to publish new media, and go out and do the unexpected. Robert Scoble is not only an inspirational person in my life; he’s someone I really look up to. His work is extraordinary. Personally I don’t care that people hate his constant Twitter updates, but I like them.

Let’s fast-forward back to the present, about one year later. Danielbru.com thrives upon its own domain and hosting (free from the somewhat tight shackles of WordPress.com). Like in the case of Apple Universe, I’d to thank Robert Scoble so much for inspiring me to start blogging. If it wasn’t for Robert, you wouldn’t have known about me. Thank you to everyone who has ever read articles on or helped produce this blog.

Thank you everyone,
Daniel Brusilovsky