Ypulse Essentials: Rebecca Black's Moment, 'Hunger Games' Poster Catches Fire, 'Jersey Shore' Season 4

Rebecca Black My MomentRebecca Black is back (with her new single, “My Moment.” Yeah, haters gonna hate — read the comments section if you dare — but we’re charmed by the catchy tune, which has already racked up more than 250,000 views in less than a day. This really is Black’s moment, as she also lands a Teen Choice Award nomination, along with “Pretty Little Liars,” “Switched At Birth,” and “Captain America”) (YouTube) (THR)

- Captain Planet becomes the latest 80s franchise (to get a reboot. Look for the live-action version of the environmental superhero and his Planeteers to grace the big screen soon. Speaking of movies we can’t wait to see, here’s the first digital movie poster for “The Hunger Games.” But watch out — fire is catching!) (Kidscreen) (MTV)

- Check out the trailer for the fourth season of “Jersey Shore” (which starts August 4. From the look of it, Pauly D is right, there’s new drama every single day. Fist pump!) (People)

- Just like “Christmas creep,” back to school shopping season (comes earlier and earlier every year. For kids, it might seem like summer just began, but retailers are already looking like fall is here as they try to lure shoppers who are wary of the economy and hunting for deals) (NY Times, reg required)

- Parents associations in Australia are backing a proposal (that would make courses on online etiquette, privacy, and the long-term effects of posting mandatory for school children in the hopes it would help reduce cyberbullying in the country. In other education news, the Thiel Fellows are blogging about their experiences making it in the world without a college degree over on Fast Company) (AllTwitter)

- Google+ finally launches an iPhone app (but based on the reviews, it sounds like the developers should have waited until they’d perfected it. Still, Google+…

 
 

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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “My favorite app is Facebook Messenger because it doesn't tempt me to spend money and it helps me keep in touch with friends.”—Female, 20, IN

Social image platform Imgur is giving brands another way to reach “the lost boys of the internet.” Their new promoted posts, which can include videos, will be inserted into the content streams of all "Imgurians”—87% of whom identify as “geek” and Millennial. According to the platform, promoted posts shouldn’t be targeted, but instead appear in Imgur’s “single content stream that everyone sees, providing a shared experience that gives [all users] something in common." The ads got a positive response during testing with two-thirds of users giving them an upvote (or a “like”), and according to the site, engagement rates have reached up to 20% so far. (Adweek

Millennials are “leading the charge” in the mobile wallet takeover. According to Bank of America’s July 2016 Consumer Spending Snapshot, mobile wallet transactions are up 267% with 18-34-year-olds, and spending is up 235%. The increasing popularity of the new payment method helps explain why credit card usage is on a decline with consumers between the age of 20-50. The desire to stay within their means is also driving the trend: according to a TD Bank study, one fifth of Millennials say they worry using a credit card will make them acquire debt. (TheStreet

The teen vaping problem might not be what it appears. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration “categorizes vaporizers as ‘Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems,’” and has been warning about its ability to be a gateway drug as it increases popularity with teens. However, a survey by the University of Michigan has found that two-thirds of middle and high school students are vaping just flavoring like strawberry, bubble gum, or blue razzle berry, about 20% of 10-12 graders have used nicotine, and only 7% of all students have used marijuana oil. (NYMag

They’ve done it again: Millennials are killing bars of soap! Although sales of soap, bath, and shower products saw a 2.7% rise in market growth last year, sales of bar soap fell 2.2% from 2014 to 2015. According to Mintel, 18-24-year-olds and women choosing to get clean with liquid soap are to blame. Traditional soap started to lose its appeal when health authorities began reporting that “germs can grow on bar soap and spread infections,” and now only 33% of 25-34-year-olds believe it is okay to wash their faces with a bar of soap. (CBS News)

Honest Tea is successfully connecting with young moms by getting #RefreshinglyHonest. The brand’s new marketing approach focuses on reaching their audience “on an emotional level” by expressing authentic moments. Working with influencers across social platforms who “naturally like [their] brand,” they’ve been able to achieve a positive social sentiment of 95%. according to Brandwatch. Their Couples Get Refreshingly Honest About How They Met sponsored videos,created with BuzzFeed, have been viewed 1.5 million times. (Digiday)

Quote of the Day: “My favorite app is Snapchat, because it offers quick messaging with a time limit that ensures privacy while being highly entertaining.”—Female, 20, FL 

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