On Brad Feld's blog, there's a guest post where undergrads at the University of Michigan (booo I'm a State fan), were asked about their social networking habits:
Of 300 some odd polled, only 2 didn't use facebook, one of which was 37. Even that surprises me... all my friends who were 'facebook holdouts' have now joined due to the rise in the 'events' usage my senior year.
2 used twitter, 10 used MySpace and 20 used flickr.
Reverse the flickr and MySpace numbers and that'd be my friends. MySpace still has a huge music following, and everyone I know who has musical talent has their own MySpace music page. I only know one person who has a twitter account though.
My thoughts: facebook is king...though many I know are actually getting sick of applications, many (including myself) have all sort of application 'invites' that are unopened...one friend's profile I saw must have 60 unopened application invites.
What SUPRISES me is the lack of MySpace usage in that group. Many my age don't use MySpace only because Facebook came onto our radar at the same time. I assumed that as the MySpace generation moved into collegem Facebook's usage would actually drop a bit, and that many would simply maintain two profiles. At least at U of M, looks like I was wrong.
The biggest result of his survey, to me, is the fact that students all claimed they'd seen little or no advertising. The little skyscraper ad to the left of the profile is typically overlooked, simply because there's already so much information on the page to take in. A developer I met spent $80 on targeted local flyers trying to get some information from students...he didn't get a single response.
I'm sure Microsoft knew this when they inked the deal...I'm assuming it was just the start of something bigger.
Seems somewhat fitting that the video that struck viral magic at YouTube is one of the first posted using Hulu (at least the first I've seen). I'm not cool enough yet to get an invite...but Mike Arrington's screenshots are inticing. Anywhere where I can watch Lazy Sunday, Heroes, and the Office, without the problems I have trying to watch the shows on nbc.com will have me as a user.
Well, a summer+ of keeping my head down and working on Athleon like crazy, and I'm back on the blog
A quote from Mark Andreessen of Netscape fame:
"So go dark, focus on the business, and don’t talk publicly for at least six months."
I made it about four months, and while I'm still working on the business like crazy, I realized that: A: I made some great connections from blogging my last two quarters in college and B: that this is a great forum to allow you to learn from what I've learned and allow me to continue to learn from you.
So: Finding Free Wifi is the expansion of College Marketing 4.0...it's looking at my education as an entrepreneur, and how we're continuing to work to build a great product for our market. A bit of entrepreneurship, a bit of web 2.0, still some thoughts on marketing to college students and a whole lot more, assuming that I can steal away 5 minutes a day to keep blogging.