[OYAN] Are teens replacing Facebook with another social networking tool?

Barratt Miller BMiller at crooklib.org
Fri Apr 12 16:37:03 PDT 2013

I haven't talked about Facebook with the teens in my library, although I know that some use it and some don't. I use Remind101 (http://remind101.com) to send one-way mass text messages (or e-mails) to teens who are interested in text message program reminders. I work in a rural area with limited Internet access and a high poverty rate. All of the teens on my advisory board have basic cell phones, but other social media use seems to vary widely from teen to teen.

Maybe that's why teens seem to use text messaging more widely than Facebook or other forms of Internet-based social media? It doesn't matter if you have a smartphone or a data plan or a wifi connection or some other device with Internet access. Even the most basic cell phones can send text messages to anyone, from anywhere. Plus, they're small enough to be easily carried around in your pocket or backpack.

I read about Remind101 in a School Library Journal article. It's free, easy to use, and has been working well for me so far. If you're interested in a little more information before trying it, let me know!

Barratt Miller, MSLIS
Youth Services Librarian
Crook County Library
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Prineville, OR 97754
541-447-7978 ext 303
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From: oyan-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us [mailto:oyan-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Lisa Elliott
Sent: Friday, April 12, 2013 12:37 PM
To: Kristy Kemper Hodge; oyan at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: Re: [OYAN] Are teens replacing Facebook with another social networking tool?

The teens do seem to use Facebook still, but it has been trending downward. I've quizzed my Teen Library Council about this several times and they say they're using Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram a lot, but they still seem to be using Facebook more. I think it's just become so integrated they barely notice. The social networking they seem to use the most is texting. While there are still teens without cell phones, those that do have them text all the time and use them as IM machines. I struggled to come up with a handy way to contact Teen Library Council members until I started using gmail to text them.

Hope this helps!


Lisa Elliott
Young Adult Librarian
Tigard Public Library
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From: Kristy Kemper Hodge [mailto:kkhodge at ccrls.org]
Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2013 6:10 PM
To: oyan at listsmart.osl.state.or.us<mailto:oyan at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>
Subject: [OYAN] Are teens replacing Facebook with another social networking tool?

Hi all,
I've been just learning about teens moving away from Facebook as a social networking tool of choice, and wondered if you have found this to be the case of teens in your libraries? And, if so, if they are talking about other online hang-outs or social media tools that they're using?
I've found some interesting articles, like this one<http://www.buzzfeed.com/jwherrman/are-teens-abandoning-social-networks> and this one<http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/10/facebook-still-reigns-supreme-with-teens-but-social-media-interest-dwindling/>, about national trends, but wondered about connecting with local teens and their trends. Any insight for a n00b librarian??


Kristy Kemper Hodge
Youth Services Librarian
Silver Falls Library<http://www.silverfalls.plinkit.org/>

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