Teens Migrating to Twitter...for Privacy?
We all know teenagers in general since all of us have been in that age period. In every generation, they are an easy target when it comes to introducing items and concepts that would eventually become the latest, long-running trends.
Anything the media promotes as the latest, hottest trends to arrive this year, teenagers get easily hooked in to these trends for various reasons, mainly just to keep with the times and to survive peer pressure. One of the major Social networking communities such as Facebook, MySpace, and lately Google+ have been taking internet communication by storm, but microblogging services such as Twitter and Tumblr are not falling behind.Even if that was the case, the term “microblogging” is still not quite part of the teens’ technological vocabulary just yet due to various reasons: privacy issues, too many older users, and most of all, it’s way too public.
But who is to say that social networking as a whole would not catch on towards older users, in particular, parents of teenagers from age 40 and up? Though larger social networking services, Facebook in particular, have the advantage of keeping every profile page as private as they can with only access to trusted friends.
The only disadvantage to Facebook is that once they set up a username for their URL, it can no longer be changed, no matter how many times that users change their display names in their profiles to avoid getting discovered through search results. As a result, not-so-wanted individuals, such as parents, siblings, or any family member, can easily track them down and “add” them in their Friends list.
In addition to that, not very many individuals are familiar with Facebook’s sometimes not-so-user-friendly features in terms of customizing security and privacy, which can be really frustrating for the non-tech-savvy user. Lastly, a user can’t have more than one account; in order to have multiple accounts, that user must also have multiple email addresses in order to create these other accounts.Continued on the next page