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Decline in Facebook Usage for the College-aged

I came across an article this morning discussing the reported drop in Facebook usage among college-aged people. In September, time spent on Facebook among 18-24 year olds dropped by 16%, following a 13% drop in August, and a 3% drop in July. Buy why?

Some believe it could be a result of the influx of our parents. Their appearance is making it uncool. I agree with that to an extent. My boyfriend immediately deleted his account this summer when his mom added him as a friend. However, I have another argument.

Recently, I’ve been contemplating deleting, or at least deactivating for a while, my own Facebook account. I am in the process of applying to law schools, and I’m not sure the admissions board would like everything they could find. Not that there’s really anything that bad out there, it just makes me nervous. Earlier this week, a friend had a witty comment. While discussing the negative effect Facebook can have on our post-college success, she said, “I’m not that worried about it. It’s not like people are going to take pictures of me studying.” So true. So what if recruiters see pictures of us with drinks in our hands? If we still have great grades, what’s wrong with that? I think it’s more about the image projected by the drink in the hand. So, will I delete my account? I haven’t decided yet…but I’ll definitely be stalking myself for a while to make sure there’s nothing that could be too detrimental to my own image.

TMI Tweets

For some time now, I have been a Twitter addict. Tweetie is my application of choice, and I am scared to guess at the number of times I check it on an hourly basis. I love to follow news organizations and celebrities, as well as a few friends and acquaintances. Normally, my friends/acquaintances’ tweets do little to grab my attention. However, recently, I have been noticing quite a few that cross the line over into the land of too much information.

One person I follow tweeted about her ex-boyfriend calling her. Another about their drunken escapades. And another about drama at the bar. It’s one thing to tweet about what you’re doing, like laundry or studying for example. It’s a completely different situation to tweet about your personal life. This information is out there for all the world to see. Why would you want all of the world to see some of these things? Especially as college students who will soon be on the job market.

So, to my fellow tweeters: if you wouldn’t want your grandmother to read your tweets, you shouldn’t be posting them at all.

Facebook…cause of violence?

According to authorities in Calabasas, California, Facebook may be linked to the beating of a 12-year-old boy. Last Friday, a page on Facebook proclaimed the day “Kick a Ginger Day.” The page was was referring to redheads and could have resulted from an episode of South Park. The boy was beaten on two different accounts by seventh and eighth graders at his school.

If the Facebook page caused this behavior, it is a tragedy. However, this incident proves a point I’ve been trying to make for months. Facebook should have an age limit. Facebook started out for college students. Then it spread to adults, which actually really bothers me too, but at least adults are responsible for their actions. Kids this age just shouldn’t be allowed on the site. Had adults seen this page, they would have laughed at the joke. Not beaten their coworkers. This instance in California proves that they just aren’t mature enough.

Elf Yourself

For the past few Christmas seasons, I, along with the rest of Tuscaloosa, have spent hours upon hours on Elf Yourself. This site, sponsored by Office Max, allows your to put your and your friends’ faces on dancing elves. It is hilarious.

The site undoubtedly gets a lot of hits. However, how does this affect the bottom line at Office Max? I’m not really sure. In my experience, college students are well aware of Elf Yourself, while few adults are. And while I have no data, I would expect the key public of Office Max to be adults in the professional world, not college students. Also, using the site has not inspired me to go to Office Max, and I’m almost certain it hasn’t had that affect on any of my friends. Most don’t even know that it is affiliated with Office Max.

So, while the site has certainly provided me with quite a bit of entertainment, I’m not sure it’s really serving its purpose.

Twilight Romances…off the screen

The second installment of the Twilight sage opened in theaters Thursday night at midnight. Personally, I have no interest in the vampire love story, but I have taken an interest in the characters’ real lives. Sad, I know. But the constant media coverage has drawn me in. Since the movies began, rumors of an off-screen romance between Kristen Stewart who plays Bella, and Robert Pattinson who plays Edward Cullen have been all over the tabloids. Their behavior certainly suggests that something is going on between the two. However, nothing has been confirmed.

Last week, Kellan Lutz and Nikki Reed appeared on the Today Show. This couple is married in the movie series. Within seconds of the interview’s beginning, Kathie Lee pointed out how much the two were touching each other and asked if there was something going on. Neither confirmed or denied the allegations, but the chemistry between the two is undeniable.

So, how have these rumored off-screen romances affected the Twilight empire? They have certainly kept the public intrigued, and they have even succeeded in catching my interest. I wonder what would happen if any of those involved started dating other people??

Welcome Red Cups!!

Words cannot express the excitement I experienced this morning when Starbuck’s showed up on my Twitter feed.

“Good morning, the Red Cup is here this morning.”

Those who aren’t members of the Starbuck’s clan may be confused. Not I. It’s their annual holiday cup, and it’s arrival means that the holiday season has officially begun.

Yes, Halloween was just three days ago. But who cares? I’m always up for a little holiday spirit! I promptly got out of class, and speeded to the nearest Starbuck’s.

Most people probably don’t put very much thought into the cups they drink out of, but the people at Starbuck’s certainly do. They’re smart for doing so. It’s something that gets the public excited about their company, thus increasing sales, and thus adding to the bottom line.

Some may argue that a simple cup would have no impact on sales. I disagree. I would argue that a large number of Starbuck’s customers love the company and love its coffee. However, sometimes it’s just more economically savvy to make your own at home, or opt for gas station coffee instead. For this demographic, the cup brings them back. It gets them excited about the brand, and in the store.

Yay for the Red Cup!

J. Simpson slams Melrose

The new Melrose Place premiered in early September. I was an avid fan of the original, but feared that, like the new 90210, it wouldn’t do it’s predecessor justice. Then, when I realized that Ashlee Simpson would be part of the cast, I decided to check it out. Now, I’m obsessed.

However, news recently broke that Ashlee would soon be leaving the cast. Critics cited her poor acting–I thought she was pretty legit, but whatever. Then, Jessica took to Twitter to defend her sister and blast the show.

“CW catching up on MP. who writes this crap? I have had bad scripts to work with, but this? thank God my sister is amazing and got you some press.”

Later, she wrote, “Watch til Jan…:),” and retweeted another user’s comment, “ashlee was too good for that show and was the ONLY reason I watched, and won’t anymore!”

Well, maybe she was the main reason I started watching the show, but her absence definitely won’t keep me from watching. And that’s probably what the CW planned for all along…use her celebrity status to create some buzz, then write her off.

The show has also been using cast members from the original series to create buzz. This week, Heather Locklear will return. While none of these have been permanent, they keep viewers’ interest spiked, which is always good.

So how will Ashlee’s leaving affect the show? I’m not sure. Her character is actually pretty important for the central plot so I’m anxious to see how they work that out…