Since I don't use most of these tools myself, it's hard for me to keep them all straight. The kids definitely mixed-and-matched tools based on what they wanted to accomplish, and routinely reposted content from one to others. I found all of this very interesting, and perhaps useful for libraries reaching out to patrons.
Here is my take-away on current tools (which will be out of date by next week), but it's definitely worth the five minutes to listen to the full segment.
- Facebook - reconnecting with friends you're not in regular contact with, but is too public for regular friend communication
- Twitter - thinking out loud or sharing observations in a text-only way
- Tumbler - sort of like Twitter, except expressing your views/thoughts using other peoples' images or video found on the internet
- Instagram - sharing photos you have taken
- Snapchat - sort of like Instagram, but the benefit here is that images auto-delete after 10 seconds or so and you have more control over who receives them in the first place [apparently people are getting smarter about the fact that internet is forever]
- Vine - sharing short (7 second) videos
- Texting - it sounds like this is still the primary friend-to-friend tool of choice, because it is the most direct and the most private
Maybe all of this was neat to me because I'm like the girl at the end of the interview, the one kind of left out because I don't have a phone. Oh well.