Today, someone was making a video for our Teen Takeover staff. Folks around here were asked to share their tips for teen journos.
I was asked to explain what social media was like when I was a kid. Basically it barely existed, I said. (Aside from this gem.)
I shared the question with fellow business reporter Sean Adkins. He’s 38.
Crap was really in the stone age back then.
“It wasn’t until the era of Facebook, I realized how much I cared about how someone’s sick child was,” Adkins said. “I didn’t realize how much I really cared how many miles you ran before you came that day to work.”
Here are some more of his insights:
On #foodporn: “In my day, if you wanted to show somebody what you were eating for dinner or for lunch, you had to take a picture of it, get the film developed, then take that picture to your friend’s or relatives to show them what you were eating.”
On Twitter: “There really wasn’t an alternative for Twitter. If you wanted to share information in 140 characters or less, you simply grabbed somebody and spoke to them in very brief sentences and hoped they understood.”
On Foursquare: “It was walking around to everyone saying ‘Hey, I’m here. I’m not at home. Come steal my shit.'”
Pinterest, he said, is “like flair for the Internet. Like pins all over you.”
No idea what he means by that.