Where are they going instead? Not surprisingly, it’s mobile chat services like WeChat, and photo-sharing apps like Instagram and Snapchat.
What’s truly startling though, is how quickly global teenagers are taking up the services instead:
Teens decided to spend the time using different social networks. So where are the teens going?
WeChat - WeChat is the complete mobile communication and private social networking app. Available for all kinds of platforms; enjoy group chat; support voice,photo,video and text messages. 300 million people love WeChat because it's fast, reliable, private, and always on.
- 1. Free cross-platform individual and group messaging with text, voice notes, and images.
- 2. Incredibly easy friend adding by syncing with your phone contacts, sharing IDs, or using location-based services.
- 3. Blazingly fast registration with your phone number.
- 4. NO ADS ANYWHERE!
- 5. Support for English, Indonesian, Spanish, Thai, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.
The WeChat Mac client is available in both English and Chinese and brings the WeChat interface into a setting optimized for the Mac desktop. You need to have Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) or above to install the client.
WeChat games are available worldwide now. The Game Center is located under the ‘Discover’ tab in the messaging service, and there are three titles at launch Craz3 Match, Gunz Dash and 2Day’s Match. Clicking on the ‘download’ button for each specific game listed in WeChat takes you to the App Store where you have to download it separately.
Instagram - Instagram is a free online social networking site that allows you to share daily life and important events through pictures. Pictures can be digitally altered with filters that the Instagram team provides.
Look at the phone of any high school kid and you'll likely find Instagram easily accessible. Instagram doesn't outrightly share how many younger users.They comment on photos of their friends and share images of things they are interested in -- sports, bands, celebrities, you name it.
There are privacy settings on Instagram that allow you to determine who follows you. With privacy settings, sending out a request is the only way to become a follower of someone. This way is a lot safer than having a public profile because only those who you approve to follow you can see your pictures. Privacy settings also keep away unwanted followers because everyone who wants to follow you has to go through your dashboard and be approved by you. Without Privacy Settings on, it isn’t only your followers who can see your picture. Anyone can search your profile and find your pictures and profile if you don’t have Privacy Settings on.
Snapchat - Is another teen mobile staple now.Teens are also spending a lot of time looking at photos that disappear within 10 seconds.
Snapchat is now the top third-party messaging app in North America by volume, generating more traffic each day than competing services such as WhatsApp.
Snapchat is a fun, addictive app that provides a great way to keep in touch with your friends! Because the pictures and videos you send can only be viewed once, it's easy to get careless.
Edit your privacy settings so that only people you know can send you Snaps.
- Open Snapchat.
- Click on the square button on the lower left and then click the gear button on the page that appears.
- Tap "Receive Snaps from..." and ensure that "My Friends" is selected.
Shots of Me - It's a new social network specifically made for teens.It's a social network for mobile games. Shots is a selfie photo sharing application and social network for iOS. John Shahidi and Sam Shahidi co-founded and co-created Shots. The app only allows the use of front-view cameras and users can only take pictures through the app.Shots does not allow users to upload previously taken pictures. The iPhone app also does not have a public comment feature over concerns about cyber-bullying and does not post follower counts.
In a cool chameleon design trick, the name/location and caption/likes bars above and below each photo take on the colors of the pic and change as you scroll. It’s like you’re looking through a steamy window.
Twitter -I think that anyone knows how Twitter works. Saw a doubling of teen users last year. And young people use it more publicly than they do Facebook.
Vine - Vine is a mobile service that lets you capture and share short looping videos. Like Tweets, the brevity of videos on Vine (6 seconds or less) inspires creativity. Vine is currently available on the iPhone and iPod touch. You can download it for free from the App Store.
The primary way to watch, share and discover Vine videos has been on your phone but now you can watch,share and discover also on your computer. Go to vine.co, which adds a bunch of new features that will help you find and discover Vine videos on the web.
The first thing you’ll see when you visit the website is the Explore page, which features familiar channels like places and animals alongside Trending Tags and Popular Now. These sections are similar to what you already see in the mobile app. We’ve also introduced some new sections that feature hand-curated content, making it easier for you to find great videos and accounts.
You can access the Explore page even if you haven’t logged in. To view your home feed, simply sign in and then use the icons in the top left corner to navigate to other pages on the site, including home feed and Popular Now. You can also watch any feed in TV Mode.
MyYearbook - Another teen-oriented social network, MyYearbook’s users interact and use MyYearbook’s virtual currency to send each other virtual gifts and play games. The site is more than just a virtual yearbook. Like other social networking sites, myYearbook lets members create profiles and interact with each other. In some ways, it's similar to sites like Facebook and MySpace. But myYearbook has many unique features of its own.
In 2008, myYearbook became the fastest-growing social networking site in the United States. At that time, the site had more than 11 million members.
The developers for myYearbook have incorporated several clever elements into the design of the site that attracts new members and keeps established members engaged. Users can play games, contribute to charitable causes or research projects, take quizzes or even use a dating service on the site.
Habbo Hotel -This social networking site from Finland is basically a huge game aimed at kids and teens to create a world in a hotel. Users start off with a small room and an avatar, and must socialize and play games to earn points and level up. Habbo Hotel is a virtual world where you can create your very own Habbo character and design your room the way you like. Habbo Hotel is the world’s largest social game and online community for teenagers. Localized Habbo communities all around the world are visited by millions of teenagers every week.
Habbo Hotel is a place to meet new and existing friends, play games and simply have fun. It is a richly colorful, multi-dimensional virtual community and social game to which users join by creating a fully customized online character called a Habbo.
WhatsApp Messenger - WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other.
WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends. WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.
Voice Messaging is a very powerful way of communicating with your friends and family. Sharing media, contacts and your location with your chat partners are some of the greatest ways to enrich your experience on WhatsApp and to maintain meaningful connections with your family and friends.
Shazam - Is a mobile application that recognizes music and media playing around you.
- Shazam has had more than 2.5 billion tags since the new year, an increase of more than 150% since the same time last year
- In the last year, 75% of number ones in the Shazam US New Release Charts go on to reach top ten in the Billboard Hot 100
- The average time between a track reaching No. 1 on the Shazam New Release Chart and Top 10 Billboard is 43 days
The first major feature is a streamlined second-screen TV experience for any show on 160 channels in the US. It’s the fastest way to find out more about the show, the cast, and the music featured in the show. Shazam has brought users new music, cool videos, and interviews with artists since last year.