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Facebook Stats, Millennials Just Want To Laugh, Carly Rae Jepsen Is The Latest Viral Video Sensation

Facebook Stats 2012The latest Facebook stats are in (and look pretty impressive according to this infographic. In the 20 minutes per day users spend on the site, they click 2.7 billion “likes” and upload 250 million photos. We were also surprised to learn that the most popular games on Facebook are Gardens of Time, The Sims Social, and CityVille) (PR Daily)

Millennials may have an over-developed sense of humor (according to Comedy Central. Humor infuses nearly every aspect of their lives, from their sense of style to what they share online to their attitudes about politics. As tough as Millennials’ lives are in terms of unemployment and the down economy, sometimes they just need a laugh. Speaking of humor, we had to chuckle when we read that Stephen Colbert is releasing a children’s book about…a flag pole. And now you’ve had your laugh for the day, too) (NY Mag) (WSJ, reg required)

Carly Rae Jepsen’s new video for “Call Me Maybe” (is the video squeaky clean teens would make hanging out at home while their parents were out. It’s a perfect mashup of all things teen, right down to the Justin Beiber, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Tisdale cameos. There’s even a quick flash of “The Hunger Games” book, some banana phones, and fake hipster moustaches. We’re not surprised that it rocketed to nearly 4 million hits overnight! Oh yeah, and she’s just been signed to Justin Bieber’s label) (PopCrush)

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Young people’s habit of pirating music and media has been affecting the music industry for years (and it’s still an ongoing battle between fans and record labels. We agree that the “content providers” need to innovate, but how to change the system isn’t so obvious. Here’s a look at the current online music landscape, none of which really solves Millennials’ issues with being able to have music and media available on multiple devices and only having to pay for it once) (Yahoo) (ReadWriteWeb)

Adding to the sense that Millennials’ lives are in a holding pattern (universities are deferring more students than they have in the past. Not accepted, not rejected, they can simply wait and bide their time…much like recent college grads are doing while they look for work and try to sort out their futures) (USA Today)

Under Armour is looking to build the “Ultimate Intern Team” (to join its marketing department! Tasking the team with building digital engagement, it makes perfect sense that applicants are told to apply with a 140 character cover letter, a Tumblr page, and a resume to demonstrate that they have what it takes to make the team. We can’t think of a better way to find the next stars of social media marketing) (Under Armour)

Fairytales are everywhere in current pop culture (but they might be too scary for modern children, according to their parents. Considering the latest dark and twisted iterations of Snow White and Red Riding Hood, and the Grimm TV show on NBC, parents might be right…) (Telegraph) (YouTube)

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