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17 Year Old Hopes To Take Social Media By Storm

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There’s a new app, developer or website which hopes to take social media by storm at least once a week in this world. None however, are quite as young as Max Beaumont.

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Max Beaumont who is only 17 is nearing completion on his new social media app called ‘Chains’.
He’s hoping that through this app he’ll be able to establish himself as a new social media mogul as we go into 2015. At the age of 12 he established and built an award winning game for tablets called ‘Project Boom’.

He aims to have the app up and running by the time he finishes high school and so far it looks like he’s well on track to reach his goal.

The Chains app will allow users to record videos that last up 10 seconds which they can then send onto their followers and friends. Sounds a bit too similar to Vines at the moment, right? The key difference is that with Chains users will be able to add on another 10 seconds to the video they receive and will then be able to send that on, essentially creating a chain of videos, which is where the name comes from.

I can’t seem to understand the need for a social media app such as Chains, but then again I never really understood why we needed Instagram, Snapchat and Vines when they first launched. So I’ll withhold too much judgement until we actually see it live.

At just 17 years old, you’d assume his young age would be a hindrance to getting himself started; Beaumont however claims this is his strongest aspect. He told Forbes:

‘I am in this really creative period in my life right now. I am the target demographic. In ten years, I won’t be in the same position. Right now is the time to capitalize on that. It worries me that when I am in my twenties and thirties I will have to find a real job if one of these projects doesn't work.’

I do disagree with Max on this point. The demographic is going to be ever changing, especially with the younger generations. Facebook and Twitter and this entire social media craze will stick with us as we grow up. It’s just times changing. So I don’t think that there’s too much to fret about in terms of running out of time.


The app is set to launch later this month and Beaumont hopes to hit 10,000 subscribers by summer alone. He claims that he wants to create a space where users to more than just ‘add each other’ and wants them to engage with all of their connections.

I wish him all the best, but I can’t help but feel that his thoughts over social media and his new app are just a tad shallow. There is engagement across all forms of social media, it is how it thrives and stays constant in our lives.

But I did say I’d reserve judgement, so let’s just wait see how the launch goes.

All eyes on you, Zuckerberg Jr. 


Tom has just graduated from University of East London in Creative and Professional Writing. He loves writing and is currently interning as a content writer hoping to go further. His other loves include Arnold Schwarzenegger films and his dog. Follow him @TomAtSMF

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17 Year Old Hopes To Take Social Media By Storm Reviewed by Tom Welby on Friday, January 09, 2015 Rating: 5
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