Would consider myself a reasonably proficient user of social media (even if only limited user of snapchat). Generally make regular use of Twitter (http://twitter.com/barryjogorman and http://twitter.com/bluereekdotcom), facebook (www.facebook.com/barryjogorman) and linkedin (www.linkedin.con/in/barryjogorman) and Google+ (https://plus.google.com/+Bluereek/).
And then I maintain this blog and my other blog: www.barryjogorman.com.
And most of this seems to work pretty well in terms of staying in touch with lots of people (twitter, google+ and linkedin for business) and facebook primarily for personal. But then I read about $10Bn or $20Bn valuations for Snapchat. And I see that my kids seem to spend more time using Snapchat and Instagram than facebook.
Have used Snapchat for some time – but seems to be ignored by most of the people with whom I communicate on a regular basis – which tells me something about the age grouping of my regular contacts – it seems.
And instagram – I’ve used from time to time – but generally found myself going back to facebook (again, I think, because I have more friends there – as against followers in Instagram).
Can’t say there’s anything too complicated in learning to use Instagram or Snapchat – both built for the mobile world – and work very well from Android or IOS platforms.
So – is the baby boomer generation missing out on something – or has it concluded these platforms not generally required? $20bn valuations would appear to knock that on the head. and my own experience of what my kids seem to use supports the valuation. So are babyboomers being left behind?
Lots of coverage recently about the conclusion that email is not yet dead. Lots of moaning as ever about email but seems to continue to be a key communication method. Also seen lots of coverage about baby boomers and previous generations embracing facebook (potentially scaring younger generations away!).
So – looking forward to 2015 – and expecting to see lots more interaction with my friends and colleagues by Instagram and Snapchat. Let’s see what transpires.