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Monday, January 25, 2010

Harper's inkpop Writing Site for Teens

The HarperTeen imprint of HarperCollins has launched a writing site for teens, inkpop. This site allows teen members to post their short fiction, novels, poetry and non-fiction for evaluation by the inkpop community. In theory, the creme that rises to the top is considered by HarperCollins spotters for publishing contracts. I saw a few older users participating, including a twenty-seven year old.

Users must log in to see submissions, so the authors' first publication rights are preserved, as one would expect from a major publisher. The inkpop site's right of passage is in its well-hidden explanation of the service. Look at their About Us link at the bottom of the web page.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Twitter Growth Due to Teens?

According to a NYT article, Twitter's explosive growth did not occur in the expected demographic. Twitter offers a communication medium somewhat like text messaging. Teens' short-message communications revolve around their friends, which seems to be a home run for Twitter. But teens seem to prefer their text messaging over Twitter's broadcasting (multicasting, really) service. Twitter has found more traction, after the initial swarm of early adopters, for promotional reasons, including personal and business promotion. Similarly, adults were late adopters of Facebook-like social networks but now account for much of its recent growth. For a more complete picture of this, here is NYT's article on growth of social networks.

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