Teens Are Turning Away from Facebook Because Tumblr Is Real, and Parent-Free – J.K. Trotter – The Atlantic Wire

The Atlantic Wire bills itself as “what matters now,” but where have they been? This is old news to participants. However, I like to see this empirically established by Pew.

Teenagers really are over Facebook. In February the social network warned investors that “our younger users … are aware of and actively engaging with other products and services similar to, or as a substitute for, Facebook.” And in April the investment bank Piper Jaffray reported that products and services like Tumblr and Twitter were further eroding Facebooks dominance among the Justin Bieber set. But why? In a deep report published on Tuesday, Pew Research explains that teenagers departing the social networks blue confines are looking for something more… real. More authentic. Which, ironically, was the initial draw of Facebook, one of the first social networks to require real names.

via Teens Are Turning Away from Facebook Because Tumblr Is Real, and Parent-Free – J.K. Trotter – The Atlantic Wire.

But yeah, scratch a Tumblog, and you’ll find an angst-ridden, geeky, anime fangirl/boy taking refuge in pseudonymity.

Facebook Knew I Was Gay Before My Family Did

This has implications for the privacy of messages shared on Facebook, and should give each of us pause.

When Matt (last name withheld for privacy) logged onto Facebook earlier this week, he was startled by the placement of a seemingly impossible ad on his News Feed: a rainbow-underwear-adorned banner for Rick Clemons (the California-based, self-appointed “Coming Out Coach”) that read, “COMING OUT? NEED HELP?”

Matt (who lives on the East Coast) did need help coming out. But as far as he knew, there was only one other person in the world who knew that but him.

Matt told BuzzFeed FWD in an email:

As many LGBT individuals know, for a time, the most closely held secret we have is our sexuality. Several nights ago, I texted a close and dear friend for advice on revealing such sensitive personal information. The next morning, I woke up to a “sponsored story” on my Facebook page that asked “Coming Out? Need help?” How did Facebook know such a specific ad would apply to my profile?

via Facebook Knew I Was Gay Before My Family Did.

Social Media Death

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This would make an interesting topic in thanatology circles.

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