September 24th, 2009

The changing relationships between teens and Myspace and Facebook

At least here in Portland, OR, teens have fled Myspace in favor of Facebook. [Full disclosure: I have a feeling that the $580,000,000 that Rupert Murdoch paid is no longer looking like such a bargain.] About 18 months ago, Facebook overtook MySpace in terms of monthly unique visitors.

Ad Age reports some mixed data on teens and Facebook. “The network's own data and third-party ComScore data show users under 18 and 18-to-24 age groups continued to grow through the period. But Facebook data for advertisers show the number identifying themselves as being in high school dropped 17%; those identifying themselves as college enrollees plummeted 22%.”

“What gives? Focus-group accounts and anecdotal evidence, reported by a handful of marketing bloggers and agency executives, suggest one possible explanation for the disappearance of school affiliations: users are hiding aspects of their identity as parents, grandparents, teachers, would-be employers and other authority figures proliferate on the site.... students hate to interact with 'weird people.' ... Teachers and coaches are okay, but only because privacy settings are available."”

The article also said teens are sharing more personal stories on places like, which I will say Teen spends a lot of time on.

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Another challenge and an upcoming amazing announcement

Yesterday I wrote 1294 words net. I could look at this and say that it was well below my goal of 2,000 words. Or I could be happy, because the scene I wrote is the one in which one person tells her two best friends she has cancer. So it was a hard scene to write, a pivotal scene, and now at least I have a solid draft.

Still, I would love to write 2K words today. So far I have: zero. How are you doing? Want to check back later and tell me?

In other news, I will soon have an amazing announcement. My only hint is that you will never, ever, ever guess what it is.

But feel free to try.

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Bet you can't do this with your tongue - cloverleaf or trefoil tongue

I have long envied Teen her ability to form a cloverleaf tongue, also known as a trefoil tongue. I was taught long ago that this was a genetic trait, same with tongue rolling. (Not sure why Teen is sideways.)

Except maybe it's not. Researchers have looked at identical twins and have found that sometimes one twin could roll the tongue and the other could not. In 1949, one heredity journal suggested that the ability to form a cloverleaf tongue was extremely rare, siting just four known cases in the United States.

Yesterday, I was staring at my tongue in the mirror. I rolled it, and then tried lifting the tip. And eventually - success! I can make a trefoil tongue! (and it's getting better by the hour, although my tongue is tired!)

So can you do anything weird with your tongue, like:
flipflop tongue

inverse roll

upfold tongue

So, do you think I could learn to tie knots in cherry stems? Or is that all some myth?

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