Ypulse Essentials: New Reality Shows Feature Tech Start-Ups, Students Apply To More Colleges, Pinterest Board Covers

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LOL Cats reality showRandi Zuckerberg — yes, the sister of Mark Zuckerberg and former Facebooker — is partnering with Bravo for a reality TV show (about finding the next young star of Silicon Valley. It also has a show in the works with Ben Huh who runs the LOLcats empire Cheezburger. We can see Millennials loving this new type of reality show that gives them a peek behind the curtain of their favorite tech start-ups) (CNN Money)

The college application scene has gotten much more competitive (and students are changing their tactics to ensure they get accepted somewhere. They're applying to more colleges, including a wide range of school types and sizes) (WSJ)

Millennials' favorite new social site, Pinterest, is giving its users a little more control (with customizable board covers. Previously, the most recent pin was the default board cover, which may not have represented the users' vision for the board) (VentureBeat)

Kindergarten might seem a little early to get kids on social media (but a New York school teacher is using Twitter as a tool to teach her class about reflecting on their day and how to edit themselves) (NY Times, reg required)

The image of young, hip independent workers based out of their local coffee shop (isn't accurate, according to a new study. Boomers and Xers are more likely to be independent workers, likely because they feel more confident in their work skills to strike out on their own compared to Millennial workers who are just getting started in their careers) (GigaOm)

Smartphone users have been app happy of late (with more than 50 million people downloading Draw Something in just 50 days. And in the first day of Instagram being available for Android, more than 1 million people downloaded it, much to the chagrin of some iPhone users) (Mashable) (CBSNews)…

 
 

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“As a graphic designer, without the arts being available to me in school I would have been lost as a child and where to take my career path. The fact that schools are cutting art programs is heartbreaking.”—Female, 24, NJ

Applebee’s is putting down the sriracha and giving up on trying to appeal to Millennials. The brand has decided their newer menu items—like a “triple pork bonanza” sandwich—and attempt at a “modern bar and grill” reinvention has “alienate[d]” Boomers and Gen Xers. They’re shutting down more than 130 restaurants and bringing back initiatives from before their attempted “pendulum swing towards millennials,” all-you-can-eat specials and 2-for-$20 deals. Other brands are creating new spin off chains to appeal to fast-casual lovingMillennials, that “[lack] the associated baggage of the old.” (Inc, NPR)

Adults-only ball pits, bouncy houses, and giant slides are sweeping the U.K. Millennials seeking a break from adulthood are flocking to places like Wacky World’s “massive bouncy-castle obstacle course,” which started out as a children’s event. The founder received so many requests that now every event has an 18-and-over slot, and has expanded to 19 cities. This “trend for arrested development activities” is caused by nostalgia, but the influx of marketing and branding leveraging the emotion could be popularizing these playgrounds for adults. (The Guardian)

Facebook is responding to the trend of asking for birthday charitable donations by integrating it right into the platform. Users in the U.S. can now trade in all the “HBD”s they get on Facebook for donations to the cause of their choice: well-wishers will be notified of the birthday along with the selected non-profit, and get the chance to donate. Facebook will ask users which charity they wish to dedicate their day to two weeks in advance, allowing them to choose from 750,000 organizations. (TNW)

Appear Here is the Airbnb of pop-up shops, giving brands their perfect temporary store for the new era of retail. The company finds short term retail space, and has worked with big-name brands like Nike and Net-a-Porter to open “experimental activations” or “test new products.” As brick-and-mortar continues to suffer and long-term stores close, Appear Here says physical retail is still needed, but to “tell a story.” The pop-up industry was valued at $50 billion in 2015, and provides a more low-risk, flexible option to avoid the retail wasteland. (Glossy)

Millennials & Gen Z are turning a profit online and on mobile by re-selling their retail. Thredup, Poshmark, and Depop are just a few of the most popular brands cashing in on the resale economy’s $18 billion market, and some shoppers say they are making $300 a week on the platforms. Some are also using social to sell, often in conjunction with apps or sites, including Snapchat, Facebook Groups, and Instagram. College students on a budget are reportedly especially drawn to resale, thanks to convenience, value, and access to luxury at a lower price. (FN)

“Adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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