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: “My dream car has always been a Chevy Silverado. After I have paid off all of my debt including student loans I will save to pay cash for the truck I want. I have a 3 1/2 year plan to pay off my debt and if I then take the money I am paying towards my debts and keep saving I should be able to buy my truck 1 year after that.” –Female, 22, OR

The mall doesn’t hold the same place in American culture it did twenty years ago, but it may still play a role in teen shopping tastes. A Teen Vogue survey reports that teen girls still like shopping in malls, with 65% of 16-26-year-old females saying they will do the majority of their holiday shopping in store. The top reasons they preferred mall shopping to online were seeing products in person, hanging out with friends, and bonding with their moms. (Awww.) 61% say they create their own wishlists by walking through the mall as well. (Chain Store Age)

Start hoarding bourbon. In 2015, the smooth spirit will be more expensive, thanks in large part to its popularity with Millennial consumers. Domestic bourbon sales have increased 36% in five years, and some distilleries are rationing their bottles for the first time since Prohibition. How’s that for the power of the craft cocktail trend? Bacon, that perennially trendy meat, will also continue rise in price. (Deal News)

McDonald’s sales continue to fall, and their problems attracting young consumers have been well documented this year. The number of 19-21-year-olds visiting the chain every month has dropped by 13% since 2011. “Desperate to change its image,” the brand’s latest turnaround plan (is this plan E?) includes self-service kiosks, a trimmed down menu, and a search for a “big idea” that will appeal to young consumers’ interest in social good. (Business Insider)

What did Millennials read online this year? A lot of BuzzFeed. Digiday’s look at 2014 in Millennial media consumption found that 39 million 18-34-year-olds visited BuzzFeed at least once, but traditional publications online are also attracting these younger readers. Over 20 million visited The New York Times, and almost 8 million visited The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, some “self-proclaimed” Millennial sites like Ozy and Vocativ reportedly “actually attract an older crowd.” (Digiday)

A generation delaying getting married and having children is creating interesting cultural shifts, and some hilariously awkward family moments. When one twenty-something found herself as the only single sibling and was deemed too old to be on her parent’s holiday card, she began to make her own tongue-in-cheek cards “celebrating” her solo, childless status. These hilarious missives, featuring booze and uncomfortable scenes, have gone viral, and she has become a holiday hero of the unmarried. (Mashable)

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