What’s interesting in the news today…
Today’s Webospherical NewsThursday, January 8, 2009
Mattle’s new creative toys for kids
Major League Gaming’s success
The need for better metrics in Social Networking, etc
How would Walt Disney market in 2008?
Guitar Hero gets an uber girly guitar (ugly from my girly point of view – very ‘bratz’ ish)
“Interesting” Insights on girl behavior (article titled: Physically Active? Of course not, if you’re a girl)
Webkinz Jr coming this spring (p.s. if they want to do this the right way, they’ll make an amazing phone application for parents of preschool kids – simply because phones are now used as grocery store entertainment, etc)
Really cool phone gadget
Here’s my thoughts:
1. Thank you, ypulse, for always finding interesting articles like that Girl Behavior article noted above!
2. Webkinz Jr…. The idea of yet another preschool site? Meh. I’m not necessarily sure they work yet? Although, with webkinz-notoriety, it might just do well…? With the exception of Panwapa & a really cool train-property (not Thomas) site I’ve seen w/ cool things in the works, preschool sites are kinda not worth the buzz – most remind me of Neopets Jr, which is basically just coloring pages and limited gaming.
3. HOWEVER, second thought ramble…… If Webkinz Jr. came out as a PHONE APPLICATION world too? Booya. Parents are just handing over their phones to the wee toddlers in the shopping carts to watch movies or play games, etc. Disney Pixie Hallow had a GORGEOUS game on the iphone that is relatively easy to play (just title the handset to fly high or low). I am TOTALLY going to watch preschool apps for phones. There should be better apps for teen phones from the virtual world sector – I’m not seeing too many that I’m overly impressed with. As for tween phone apps? Right now… I wouldn’t waste the money. Sure, tweens are getting phones by the load – but I’m not necessarily certain that tweens & phones are the healthy sector of the market (in regards to safety, parent approval, limitations, etc).
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