Twitter’s getting younger – well Twitter use, anyway. Twitter use by US young adults (18-24) “increased dramatically over the last year, with nearly one in three (31%) now using Twitter,” Pew Internet reports, up from 18% a year ago and 16% in late 2010. “The proportion of young Internet users who use Twitter on a typical day also doubled over the last year,” Pew found – to 20%. The research group sees a tight correlation between Twitter use and smartphone adoption: “One in five smartphone owners (20%) are Twitter users, with 13% using the service on a typical day.” It adds that non-smartphone users (people who use what are called basic or “feature” phones) “are roughly half as likely to use Twitter overall (9%). I blogged about how teen Twitter use doubled in 2010 and ’11 a couple of months ago here.
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NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- Zooming in on social norms (sidebar)
- Beginning of the end of #purge, revenge porn or social cruelty?
- For our kids & ourselves: Presence in a digital age
- Manage Net risk but focus more on opportunities: Researchers
- Proposed ‘rightful’ framework for Internet safety
- Social media in Saudi schools … sort of
- Textbook case of what NOT to do in teen sexting cases
- Breadth of videogames’ benefits to kids may surprise
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Safety, security and privacy risks of fitness tracking and ‘quantified self’
- Don’t let stalkers or abusers and creeps track your phone’s location
- Let’s stop persecuting ‘Auschwitz selfie girl’ for smiling at a camera
- EFF launches free Privacy Badger for Firefox and Chrome to block hidden trackers
- Privacy and security tips for newly-minted college students
- Google to stop labeling apps with in-app purchases as ‘free’
- Home automation and ‘Internet of things’ is great — but think about privacy and security
- Time for public to weigh in on ‘net neutrality’