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The real-time social web: remember, 15 year-olds are the next wave of users moving into the Internet (with money to burn).

Not having a 15-year-old sister handy, I'm listening in on the thoughts of the young sister of Medium.com co-founder Josh Miller. Her thoughts and quotes are taken from here, the analysis is mine.

Miller writes that he'd twice been told of the "next big thing" by his sister (let's call her 'Beth' because I'm already tired of writing "John Miller's little sister!") when she said that Snapchat was going to be bigger than Instagram and earlier when she observed to him that Instagram was as popular with her pals as Facebook.

Instagram. 'Beth' observed that all her friends post photos of people rather than "nice pictures." Think about it - what does the average Joe do? He shares snaps of his friends and family; relying on the Pros (and adults) to take the "nice pictures" that we all marvel at. This means there will be many, many more snaps than nice pictures.

Further, Beth was of the solid opinion that with an endless stream of images of people, Instagram is a better friends feed than Facebook.

Facebook. Speaking of Facebook, 'Beth' and her friends avoid it because "It's addicting, you end up getting lost in it and I don't like that." She also mentioned that she will only visit Facebook when there's nothing left worth looking at on Instagram.

This sounds like an interesting play for the guys at Facebook. Rather than trying to integrate Instagram into Facebook, they should be more interested in targeting the various sub-products at appropriate demographics.

Instant Message. 'Beth' and her friends rarely use IM to talk with each other. "When you go on Facebook Chat the people you don't want to talk to are always the ones who immediately chat with you." Instead they'll use iMessage or Snapchat (there it is again!).

Read on for 'Beth's' opinion of other social media services.


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David Heath

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David Heath has over 25 years experience in the IT industry, specializing particularly in customer support, security and computer networking. Heath has worked previously as head of IT for The Television Shopping Network, as the network and desktop manager for Armstrong Jones (a major funds management organization) and has consulted into various Australian federal government agencies (including the Department of Immigration and the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence). He has also served on various state, national and international committees for Novell Users International; he was also the organising chairman for the 1994 Novell Users' Conference in Brisbane. Heath is currently employed as an Instructional Designer, building technical training courses for industrial process control systems.