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Digital Consumers Who Actually Matter: BoomTown Gets Grilled by 8th-Graders

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BoomTown is going to visit a class of eighth-graders this morning in what should be either a very awkward or very bracing talk about social networking.

As was inevitable when the fine teachers at my kids’ school realized I knew a thing or two about digital issues and dealing with the confusing onslaught of all sorts of online tools and services used with dexterity by kids these days, they asked me to come in and give a talk about the upsides and downsides of it all.

Oh dear, I am in real trouble, right?

In any case, I will be curious to know what they’re using–this is a San Francisco school, so I am assuming a certain level of geekier sophistication.

Some questions I have: Do they use Silicon Valley’s hot microblogging service or is Facebook ascendant? Whither MySpace? Up or down on iPhone widgets? What’s up with all this oversharing?

So, look for a video report later today of what’s what among the young teen set.


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