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Facebook battles to stay young and cool

Published on Feb 2, 2014 11:26 AM
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A view of and Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page in this May 10, 2012 file photo in Washington, DC. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Sixteen-year-old Owen Fairchild doesn't hang out at Facebook as much as he did when he was just a kid.

It is not that he and his friends are abandoning the social network. They are spreading their love to rival networks like Twitter, Pinterest, SnapChat, Instagram and blogging platform Tumblr.

"I've moved on," the teenager said. "I go to Tumblr a lot more; there is a lot of funny stuff. SnapChat is super-fun because you can send really unattractive pictures of yourself and they will delete after a few seconds."

Contrary to what grownups might think, teens sometimes prefer to catch up on life face-to-face in the real world, he added.

 
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