Best Of 2012: Apps

We're continuing to wrap up our 2012 Year in Review coverage with a look back at the top apps of the year. Below Ypulse Youth Advisory Board member Julia Tanenbaum shares the top apps, which were standouts in 2012.

Best Of 2012: Apps

Instagram

InstagramInstagram became huge this year and in case you didn't know, it's esssentially a social network for photos. Although it includes several filters, which can edit the look of photos to make them look vintage or artsy, the main draw is the ability to share your photos with the rest of the instagram community. You have a photo stream, which operates like a Tumblr dashboard, and updates with your friends’ newest photos. You can also follow anyone you want, but Facebook integration makes it easy to share memories and everyday moments with your friends.

Songify

Have you ever wanted to be a rock star but you can’t sing? Do you love autotune as much as Kanye West? Well then this app is for you! Songify lets anyone become a singer by turning your speech into a song. This app is extremely entertaining and could lead to the next autotuned viral hit.

FlipboardFlipboard

This app goes one step beyond other news apps and combines your news and social media into a “magazine”. After adding your social networks and news outlets, you can see anything from a BBC news story to your friend’s Facebook status update on the same page. The gorgeous and accessible interface, features like commenting, and being able to save stories for later make this app a great way to streamline your news.

Game Apps:

Whale Trail Frenzy

This T3 Award App of the Year nominated flying game was a surprise hit of the year. With its colorful and adorable graphics and time tested Tiny Wings style gameplay, it is easy to pick up and hard to put down for casual gamers and hardcore Halo…

 
 
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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “When I order takeout or delivery, I’ll order almost anything as long as it can be split into multiple meals.” –Male, 27, FL

There’s good news and there’s bad news. Though the CDC reports that traditional cigarette use fell to a record low last year, electronic cigarette use continues to increase quickly for young consumers. E-cigarette use among high schoolers grew from 4.5% in 2013 to 13.4% in 2014. The product’s increasing accessibility could be contributing to the rise of its use, and theafter effects of the new chemicals in e-cigs are still largely unknown. (The Daily Beast

One teacher is finding out what is really going on in her students’ lives, thanks to a project that is now going viral. After Kyle Schwartz asked her students, many from underprivileged households, to write down something they wished she knew about them, she received revealing notes about their home and school life. One child shared that they don’t have pencils at home to do homework, while another confided that they don’t have a friend to play with. Schwartz has been sharing their notes on Twitter using the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew, and encouraging other teachers to do the same. (The Daily WhatCNN)

Mattel is hoping to use crowdsourcing to find their next big toy. They’re asking members of product co-creation platform Quirky to “invent the future of play” and submit innovative new ideas for the company’s biggest brands, from Hot Wheels to Barbie. The project is a part of Mattel’s turnaround efforts, and the toys, games, and family products that Quirky users help create will be produced for the holiday season. We’ve said before that co-creation is the future of products, and 81% of Millennials say that they would be interested in helping a brand or company design a new product. (KidscreenEntrepreneur

Are Millennials that different from previous generations? Comparing Pew Research Center data from 1976-1979 and 2010-2013 shows that 18-34-year-olds today are less likely to expect work to be a central part of life than Boomers did when they were the same age. Almost double the percentage of Millennials expect that they’ll go to grad school, and are more likely than Boomers were at that age to say they “attend college to make more money.” (New York Times)

Museums and other art experiences are being Millennialized as young consumers’ spending clout grows. But exactly what kinds of art events appeal to them most? Ticketing platform Eventbrite surveyed members of the generation who attended a performing or visual arts event in the past 12 months to find out their preferences. Unsurprisingly, 66% prefer events with food. They’re also looking for unique experiences: 63% prefer events that are different from others they’ve attended. (Eventbrite)

Need to keep up with social media usage? Ypulse tracks social media trends in our monthly surveys, and we found that Vine, Instagram, and Snapchat have seen steady growth since November 2013. Finishing out 2014, 16% of Millennials were on Vine, 50% on Instagram, and 40% on Snapchat. Our Silver and Gold subscribers can find helpful visuals that detail our tracked trends in the Data Room on Ypulse.com. (Ypulse)

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