Tuesday, January 8, 2008

What's the #1 goal of today's college students?

Have any experience writing Facebook applications? Until I read the article "Real Estate Gets Younger" posted on RISMEDIA, I never knew anything about Facebook applications.(and still don't).
I'll need to do some more research to see what is involved in writing one.
I was searching for new tech ideas and came across the Dec. 21, 2007 posting.
Some of the interesting comments in the article include:
* A new survey has pinpointed the number-one goal of today’s college students: It’s owning a house.
Students were asked to complete this sentence: “If I could buy anything, it would be…” Housing was the top choice for 41% of the men and 49% of the women. Owning a home scored higher than other, seemingly flashier possessions, such as a car, which came in second, or clothes, which ranked third with women and at the bottom with men.
*There are 75 million of them” with Boomer grandparents. “They have more money at their disposal than other generations did at their age”.
* “They think they’re going to have that house soon. That’s partly due to the popularity of shows like “Flip This House” and “Total Home Makeover,”.
*Much of the survey focused on their favorite social networking sites, with Facebook ranking first for both genders. the second choice, women choosing MySpace.com and men ESPN.com.
*Today’s students, the survey found, are “very materially focused.” Fifty-seven percent lived in an apartment during college, with or without roommates. (instead of choosing a dormitory lifestyle)
* Women have a higher preference for housing as their top purchase than men. Might also be something for marketers to consider.
*Social networking is twice as popular among young women as men, suggesting that marketers who want to target females are wise to use this medium of communication.

From what I have read, there is the potential to reach Facebook users directly from their pages. The article indicated that anyone can write and upload applications into Facebook for free, and also add them to their own sites. Then Facebook users browse the applications and share the links with their friends...who share with their friends, who then also share with their friends..etc...This seems like unlimited networking possibilities!
Guess I better stop blogging tonight and start doing some research on how to write a Facebook application and get it posted! If anyone has any suggestions, or any experience with this new media, please email a note. Or comment on my new Facebook 'company' web page. (as soon as they fix the error on my new site :) ..(or add ActiveRain Blog Comments)

I’ll take all the help I can get! Thanks!
REALTOR® gramEpat

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