Comments on: Gen Y Mocks Twitter Users: The walled-gardens of social media http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/meghanstuyvenberg/2009/04/02/gen-y-mocks-twitter-users/ Inspiring best in practice youth marketing through sharing of ideas, strategy, trends and conversations about cool stuff Thu, 04 Feb 2010 19:23:14 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.2 hourly 1 By: Christie Hill http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/meghanstuyvenberg/2009/04/02/gen-y-mocks-twitter-users/comment-page-1/#comment-133 Christie Hill Thu, 11 Jun 2009 21:58:32 +0000 http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/meghanstuyvenberg/?p=94#comment-133 The concept of social networking perpetuated by sites like Facebook and Twitter is rapidly revolutionizing the way we communicate. “Supernews!” portrays an amusing spin on the Twittersphere that has recently encapsulated the lives of Gen X. A Generation that has feigned close enough to Facebook to understand the concepts, yet far enough away to avoid the adolescent hype, has become the conductors of the Twitter train. While Gen Y facilitated the take-off of the recent social media phenomenon, many are resisting the addiction, known as Twitter. A generation that relies on networking as a means to succeed in life, why are we so oppose to yet another tool to help leverage our own network and success? As humans, regardless of the generation, we do shout out in to the darkness, with hopes that someone hears us. Profoundly, with social media- someone always does. The concept of social networking perpetuated by sites like Facebook and Twitter is rapidly revolutionizing the way we communicate.

“Supernews!” portrays an amusing spin on the Twittersphere that has recently encapsulated the lives of Gen X. A Generation that has feigned close enough to Facebook to understand the concepts, yet far enough away to avoid the adolescent hype, has become the conductors of the Twitter train.

While Gen Y facilitated the take-off of the recent social media phenomenon, many are resisting the addiction, known as Twitter. A generation that relies on networking as a means to succeed in life, why are we so oppose to yet another tool to help leverage our own network and success?

As humans, regardless of the generation, we do shout out in to the darkness, with hopes that someone hears us. Profoundly, with social media- someone always does.

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By: Kathleen Rose http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/meghanstuyvenberg/2009/04/02/gen-y-mocks-twitter-users/comment-page-1/#comment-131 Kathleen Rose Thu, 11 Jun 2009 11:53:20 +0000 http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/meghanstuyvenberg/?p=94#comment-131 Meghan, Before reading your post, I knew three things about Twitter: 1) It was said to be critical in Obama’s campaign, allegedly helping him capture the youth vote. 2) I’m supposed to be really into it, since it’s social media and I’m a Gen Y. 3) Despite numbers 1 and 2, my Gen Y friends and classmates overwhelmingly find Twitter to be a waste of time. Reading your post, I’m starting to question the extent to which numbers 1 and 2 are true. In my own experience, Twitter’s greatest benefit is that it gives me access to successful Gen Xs and Boomers. Sure I post, but I’m really more interested in what other people have to say. I use Twitter for career reasons; my friends aren’t using it yet. In my PR class, Gen X and Boomer speakers come in to talk to us about how important Twitter is. We’re asked to integrate it into our communications tactics. We’re told it is the way of the future. Those things are probably all true. But from now on, I’m going to think a little harder about which audience I’m really trying to reach before I list twitter (or any other social media platform) as a communication tactic. And I think I’ll show my instructors that video. Meghan,

Before reading your post, I knew three things about Twitter:

1) It was said to be critical in Obama’s campaign, allegedly helping him capture the youth vote.

2) I’m supposed to be really into it, since it’s social media and I’m a Gen Y.

3) Despite numbers 1 and 2, my Gen Y friends and classmates overwhelmingly find Twitter to be a waste of time.

Reading your post, I’m starting to question the extent to which numbers 1 and 2 are true.

In my own experience, Twitter’s greatest benefit is that it gives me access to successful Gen Xs and Boomers. Sure I post, but I’m really more interested in what other people have to say. I use Twitter for career reasons; my friends aren’t using it yet.

In my PR class, Gen X and Boomer speakers come in to talk to us about how important Twitter is. We’re asked to integrate it into our communications tactics. We’re told it is the way of the future.

Those things are probably all true. But from now on, I’m going to think a little harder about which audience I’m really trying to reach before I list twitter (or any other social media platform) as a communication tactic.

And I think I’ll show my instructors that video.

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By: Jessica Litwin http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/meghanstuyvenberg/2009/04/02/gen-y-mocks-twitter-users/comment-page-1/#comment-129 Jessica Litwin Wed, 10 Jun 2009 02:41:12 +0000 http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/meghanstuyvenberg/?p=94#comment-129 I find it so interesting that this “Supernews” video is mocking Twitter and the fact that many young adults are not readily using the site. I am a public relations postgraduate student at Humber College and I never heard of Twitter until my Generation Xer teachers encouraged me (and my fellow peers) to use it. Even though these Generation Xers were encouraging me (and my primarily Generation Yer class) to use Twitter, they are not the only ones on the Twitter train. For instance, Ashton Kutcher’s competition with CNN to be the first user to reach one million followers on Twitter brought a lot of attention not only to Twitter and their competition, but helped bring Twitter to the attention of more Generation Yers and other generational groups due to the sheer amount of media coverage that this competition received. Twitter has also been incorporated into many popular television programs, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and even Entertainment Tonight. These programs have further brought Twitter to the attention of more Generation Yers as well other generational groups. While all social media sites will originally have a greater propensity of users in certain generational groups, once the site becomes widely popular, chances are that it will attract users of other generational groups. I find it so interesting that this “Supernews” video is mocking Twitter and the fact that many young adults are not readily using the site. I am a public relations postgraduate student at Humber College and I never heard of Twitter until my Generation Xer teachers encouraged me (and my fellow peers) to use it. Even though these Generation Xers were encouraging me (and my primarily Generation Yer class) to use Twitter, they are not the only ones on the Twitter train.

For instance, Ashton Kutcher’s competition with CNN to be the first user to reach one million followers on Twitter brought a lot of attention not only to Twitter and their competition, but helped bring Twitter to the attention of more Generation Yers and other generational groups due to the sheer amount of media coverage that this competition received. Twitter has also been incorporated into many popular television programs, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and even Entertainment Tonight. These programs have further brought Twitter to the attention of more Generation Yers as well other generational groups.

While all social media sites will originally have a greater propensity of users in certain generational groups, once the site becomes widely popular, chances are that it will attract users of other generational groups.

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