Ypulse Essentials: Shopping With Social Media, Kindle Fire Steals Market Share, Teens Take On Twitter

PinterestPinterest is growing rapidly and has quickly become the #5 social network (in terms of driving retail traffic, behind Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Yahoo!, and ahead of Google+. It makes sense considering the site’s large female following and the clever way it allows users to display items for sale. Speaking of shopping, half of Millennials are more trusting of recommendations from strangers than they are of those from friends and family. They believe that user reviews posted online represent a more honest and genuine opinion. Some savvy retailers are experimenting with how they can use this to their advantage; for example, Urban Outfitters is using photos of outfits submitted by customers in its marketing) (SocialTimes) (Portfolio)

- The holidays made a big difference in the tablet market (thanks to the Kindle Fire’s introduction in November. It’s quickly taken a huge share of market from the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Even more likely to raise eyebrows: the Fire drives 2.5 times as many paid downloads as the Galaxy Tab) (Giga Om)

- The teen Twitter-verse has been steadily growing (as more and more young people flock to the network. They’re finding that Facebook is crowded with their parents, grandparents, brands, and just about every other person they know, and are using Twitter as a sort of filter to connect with their friends away from the prying eyes of their family. Twitter also gives them some anonymity because it doesn’t require real names. They’re not leaving Facebook just yet, but they’re making more use of other social networks) (HuffPo) (ReadWriteWeb)

- There’s no denying Millennials’ influence on culture (even foodie culture. Their heightened interest in ecological issues is pushing the “ethical eating” trend; their global awareness and cultural diversity leads them into the…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: “I think when I'm a parent my top concern in raising a child will be, in general, just not screwing them up." –Female, 14, MA

It is becoming common practice for busy Millennials to skip breakfast, but that doesn’t mean they don’t like breakfast food. In fact, this generation is more likely than others to eat breakfast at times other than traditional morning hours, and 16% are pushing back their mealtime to use breakfast as an afternoon snack. Their adventurous food preferences are influencing the “premiumization” of breakfast items, but since we know that the majority of Millennials enjoy cooking, there is also opportunity in "speed-scratch" products for the 65% who prefer to make breakfast foods from scratch. (MediaPost)

In the past three years, Lego has seen its consumer base change from 90% boys to 40% girls, thanks in part to its Lego Friends collection of girl-targeted construction sets. Activity kits like Rainbow Loom and GoldieBlox, along with licensed Frozenmerchandise, have helped drive the surge in sales for girls toy divisions, whereas action figure movies have begun to cannibalize each other in the boys toy aisle. (Kidscreen)

In the Age of Not Believing, images online and in magazines are almost assumed to be manipulated, but one Millennial is speaking out in support of imperfection. The fashion blogger behind the site Do The Hot Pants posted a reveal of images before and after Photoshop, admitting that she posted edited images to her site that decreased the size of her stomach, legs, and smoothed her skin. While she lifted the veil on her use of Photoshop and is advocating for better body image perceptions, her transparency might make some even more skeptical of what they see on user-created blogs. (BuzzFeed)

The #IceBucketChallenge for ALS is still going strong with participation from celebrities continuing to snowball, but no one’s nomination has seen as much viral traction as Bill Gates’ video. The tech genius decided to step it up a notch with a specially designed ice bucket contraption, and his behind-the-scenes take has seen over 8 million views in the past four days. (YouTube)

The social media landscape has seen a number of standalone apps fail, often due to resistance from users to migrate themselves and all of their friends to another platform. Instead of creating another Snapchat look-a-like, new app Camoji is using iMessage to send GIF selfies. The short video selfies send and loop seamlessly within iMessage, elevating the selfie into animated expressions that can also be shared as a URL link to non-iPhone users. (Mashable)

Quote of the Day: "I haven’t had children yet because I have a lot to accomplish—academics, career goals, travel destinations—before I settle down and look to someone else's interests.” –Female, 25, PA

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