Status updates, interests, memes. And most importantly: fewer parents.
Young users, surveys say, are losing interest in Facebook. Many claim they want to avoid the inane posts, lengthy and irritating comments, and "drama." But on teen refuge Instagram, some young users are improvising something familiar — even Facebook-like.
You might say they're purposely recreating the very things that teens complain about on Facebook. Instagram, technically, is a very simple service. But many younger users have found ways to add complexity. They're turning photos and comments into status updates, vectors for gossip and memes. Instead of listing music or movies under "Interests," they just post photos, often screencaps, of the things they like. They're adding that dreaded "drama."
This is what a 12-year-old's Instagram wall looks like: