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LJ and Xanga... WTF?

Apophenia has an interesting post about how younger generations consume content:

Youth use email to talk with parents and authorities (including corporate emails like from Xanga); it's where they get the functional stuff. They check email once a day. They get notices there, but they're mostly disregarded. IM is where the action is. Youth see this as their digital centerpiece, where they communicate with their friends, thereby maintaining their intimate community. They use the Profiles in IM to find out if their friends updated their LJs or Xangas, even though they are subscribed by email as well. The only feed they use is the LJ friends list and hyper LJ users have figured out how to syndicate Xangas into LJ. [Remember: blog is not a meaningful term to youth culture.]

I often wonder how younger generations interact with interweb technology, and how it differs from the interactions of my own generation... in fact, it's hard to generalize how those in their mid-to-late 20's interact with tech, since it came around as we were growing up. Younger generations, on the other hand, don't know a world without the Internet, so it's interesting to read about the ways that communication and interaction styles differ.

It also makes me wonder what I'm missing out on with regard to developing web products that will appeal to younger generations.

Found via Om.

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