Parents, Look Out for Curious Cat

Here we go again. Another app lying to users.  There is yet another anonymous question asking/confession social media app floating around the internet claiming they’ve solved the bullying (and suicides) that plague older confessional apps like Ask.fm, this one borrows it’s name from the ever-popular cat movement online: Curious Cat. It’s not brand new as…… Continue reading Parents, Look Out for Curious Cat

Tech Tuesday Questions about Snapchat, high school graduation, and big data

For the past month or so I’ve had a form in the sidebar of my blog. The intention is for readers to submit their questions about anything tech related. Here’s a few questions that have been submitted. Question How do I get in contact with Snapchat? I’ll track these mfs down and then snapchat and my friends…… Continue reading Tech Tuesday Questions about Snapchat, high school graduation, and big data

Why Ephemeral Matters

Ephemeral – lasting for a very short time. “fashions are ephemeral” synonyms: transitory, transient, fleeting, passing, short-lived, momentary, brief, short In the social media world, most of what took off and gained traction among teenagers and young adults in 2014 fall into the category of Ephemeral Apps. Things like Snapchat, Tinder, Yik Yak, and others are built…… Continue reading Why Ephemeral Matters

Yik Yak Threats Are a Bad Idea

CBS News 8 – San Diego, CA News Station – KFMB Channel 8 [Link to the above video – I appear in a phone interview talking about the situation at Torrey Pines High School and Yik Yak, in general.] Yik Yak has a problem. The harder they try to market themselves as an app for college…… Continue reading Yik Yak Threats Are a Bad Idea

Snapchat Settles with the FTC Regarding Privacy Concerns

In December and January I received hundreds of comments and emails telling me I was wrong, that I didn’t know what I was talking about, and that I was misrepresenting Snapchat in this post. Well, according to a consent decree released today between Snapchat and the Federal Trade Commission, I wasn’t wrong about Snapchat: They really…… Continue reading Snapchat Settles with the FTC Regarding Privacy Concerns

Should I friend my youth group students on social media?

From a Pew Internet focus group: Friending teachers and preachers Female (age 14): “I think I wouldn’t [become Facebook friends with my teachers]. Just because I’m such a different person online. I’m more free. And obviously, I care about certain things, but I’m going to post what I want. I wouldn’t necessarily post anything bad…… Continue reading Should I friend my youth group students on social media?