Ypulse Essentials: Apple's New iPad, Generations In The Workplace, Twitter Is Growing Faster Than Facebook

The New iPadWe followed along with the announcements from Apple’s iPad event (during which it announced an improved screen with retina display, fancy new apps, and a 4GLTE model. The new iPad will be available on March 16, while the iPad2 will drop in price to $399, so maybe a few more Millennials will be able to afford the most coveted tech device. And there are also parents who will be donating their old iPads to their kids as they upgrade. Not to be ignored, yesterday Google launched a new platform, Google Play, which brings together all of its media services under one roof — from music to movies to books to apps. Google has had the advantage over Apple in terms of cloud computing, and it’s taking advantage of that allowing users to wirelessly sync their media across multiple devices) (The Verge) (USAToday) (Wired)

- Generations matter in the workplace because different things matter to different age groups (according to Neil Howe and Lifecourse Associates. Millennials want a social workplace, an opportunity to be mentored, a socially-responsible company, and the ability to contribute to the bottom line. Be sure to catch Howe’s keynote presentation at the Millennial Mega Mashup this May!)

- We’re not surprised to hear that Twitter’s membership (is growing more than twice as fast as Facebook’s. Millennials have been flocking to the site, using it to filter their social media interactions. They’re friends with everyone they know on Facebook, but they’re more selective about who they follow on Twitter. Speaking of social media, here are three factors that contribute to a video going viral) (PR Daily) (SocialTimes)

- Now you can be one of People magazine’s most beautiful people (because the magazine is accepting nominations for regular, non-celebrity types aged 20-59. The magazine will…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: “I hope to be a good person that can change the world for the better. I want to be an artist and an author and a musician in my free time, and be a veterinarian as my profession.” —Female, 15, WA

Xers and Boomers may look down upon the growing subset of Millennials moving back in with mom and dad, but instead of feeling bad for themselves, these kids are making it work. A closer look at their post-grad lives is being explored in Boomerang Kids—a photojournalist series inspired by one Millennial’s experience of moving back home after draining resources as a photography assistant. The juxtaposition of reaching towards adulthood while still living in their childhood rooms paints a fuller picture of how many are living day-to-day. (Fast Company

Wendy’s may be tainting the comeback of one of their most popular items—the pretzel bun—in a #PretzelLoveSongs commercial being called out for “lazy parodying.” Those who feel nostalgic for the ‘90s hit song “To Be With You” are cringing over the Wendy’s commercial remake, and voicing their extreme distaste on Twitter. Be careful playing with Millennials’ nostalgia, because not taking it seriously could land a brand in hot water. (Uproxx)

How can we make kids exercise more? Since dragging them away from their screens is more difficult than ever, Wokamon is a new app from China that is making kids bring their devices outside and take a walk in order to feed their virtual pets. The cute aliens feed on energy, and the app’s pedometer technology measures steps, distance, and calories that add up to advance pets to new levels and unlock characters. Though targeted to kids, teens and adults can benefit from the app’s fun approach to fitness and sync it with other wearable trackers. (Springwise)

One mom’s open letter to Lands’ End asking why there have been cool science shirts designed for boys but not for girls has quickly gained momentum online with other parents this month, and pushed the brand to launch an entirely new line of science-themed tees for girls who love NASA, sharks, and the like. The brand has been accused of gender stereotyping in the past, and is addressing the posts on its Facebook page directly by rolling out new science-themed styles for girls this fall. (Huffington Post)

Digital versus unplugged is the wedding debate of late, and the line between too tech-centric and being completely disconnected is one that brides and grooms are finding difficult to straddle. Social media is increasingly being used to create wedding albums via couple-specific hashtags, but some couples are so turned off by the near constant focus on camera phones during a wedding that they are enforcing device-free ceremonies. (NYT)

Quote of the Day: "A benefit of unplugging is getting a more personal view of the world back. (Social media tends to distort your perception to bend to what others are thinking/feeling/saying/doing.)” —Female, 25, MN

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