For teenagers, the social world is the untapped frontier of opportunities.
That’s certainly the case with my son. He set up an Instagram account in the early summer focused on the Football World Cup. His idea was to mash up videos and photos and put them on a background he designed. He did this all on his iPhone and told no one about it till he had 50,000 followers. He then created a back up in case the first account was hacked and that swiftly had 25,000 followers.
Within weeks not months! It’s taken me years to grow my Twitter following, which he looks down on as middle age and so early noughties…
Ever thought of Google as an animal?
I asked a group of friends this question recently and the answers were predictable and surprising in equal measure. The top 3 were:
- A poisonous spider
- A many headed hydra, which in Greek mythology had poisonous breath and blood so virulent that even its tracks were deadly
- J.A.R.V.I.S, Iron Man’s cybernetic butler.
The first two are dangerous, unfriendly, evil monsters, while the latter is the perfect companion, a well spoken English butler (if you like English butlers that is) who wants to take care of everything for you.
And that is Google in a nutshell; on the one hand evil, manipulative; on the other, friendly, helpful, good to have around.
When dreamy recluse Kate Bush announced she was returning to the stage to play and perform at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, she requested that fans refrain from using their phones: “I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iPhones, iPads or cameras,” she sighed.
Her request echoed a number of other entertainers who have spoken out against using mobile devices at concerts, including The Who’s Roger Daltrey who moaned that people staring at acts through screens rather than at the live show “were weird”.