Recently, I spoke to a group of late teens/early 20-somethings about online media. These students were in an honors class in one of the top journalism schools in the country.
- They were all on Facebook heavily
- About half were on MySpace
- NONE of them had heard of digg, Reddit, or del.icio.us
- They said they rarely read blogs or watch online video
- They had never heard of Dooce, Robert Scoble, Boing Boing, Twitter, Second Life or the Long Tail
In all, they threw me for a loop on what “the online generation” is doing.
Granted, it was only about 90 minutes with 18 people. But perhaps before you invest heavily in online platforms, you should get your head out of the blogosphere where “everyone” knows all about the potential of Web2.0 and you should drop in on a few of the people out in the real world.