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3 Million Teens Leave Facebook In 3 Years

Things are looking very bad for Facebook based on the numbers from this report. Teenagers do not seem to like Facebook. If only they’d give Google+ a whirl. Well, if only anyone would give Google+ a whirl. It’s a much better platform that does much more than Facebook, but no one seems to realize that, sadly.

Here’s what is going on with Facebook:

1) Teens (13-17) on Facebook have declined -25.3% over the last 3 years.
2) Over the same period of time, 55+ (perhaps those teens’ parents and grandparents?) have exploded with +80.4% growth in the last 3 years.
3) Of the major metropolitan areas, San Francisco saw the highest growth with +148.6%, a stark contrast with Houston which saw +23.8% growth.

3 Million Teens Leave Facebook In 3 Years: The 2014 Facebook Demographic Report.

Net Neutrality Is Dead

US Appeals Court Kills Net Neutrality

There goes the Internet.

Your broadband provider can now decide to throttle Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube streaming into your house and  leave unthrottled their own crappy on-demand service for which they charge you to watch movies. Let’s hope the Supreme Court gets to rule on this, and that they have the people in mind rather than the corporations.

A visual example of what your Internet service could soon look like:

 

 

Disney plans to remake the Star Wars expanded universe

Op-ed: Disney takes a chainsaw to the Star Wars expanded universe | Ars Technica.

I’m pretty excited about this, actually. It sounds like they are taking the time to think things through and prepare an official storyline that will become the de-facto canon for the Star Wars universe. I did read the Thrawn triology (the stories that were officially licensed to occur after Return of the Jedi), and they were very good books. I hope they can keep at least some of that story line. However, some of the trash I ready after those books deserves to be forgotten.