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What a tangled web we weave . . .

The title doesn't refer to deception but rather to the current state of social networking on the Internet. Suddenly it's not just the domain of kids and twenty-somethings. Boomers have discovered the Internet as a way to reconnect with old high school buddies, keep an eyes on their kids and grand kids, and prove that they're still with it. And in some cases, they're trying to make a buck or two.

Facebook is now full of what my daughter would characterize as old people. I know a bunch of people at work who are now into Twittering. Will the young folks abandon the 'net now that their parents (and in some case grandparents) have found it? I don't think so. But like young people through they ages, teenagers will doubtless find a way to build a wall between themselves and the decrepit previous generations. The twenty and thirty-somethings are more tolerant; possibly they can see themselves being older in the future. Or perhaps they have earned their own living long enough to be more practical. Besides, social networking takes time, and the fad may burn itself out. This amusing video suggests it might. Time will tell.

Now if they could just invent a way to burn calories by Twittering, we would all be in much better shape.






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marvad
Mar. 28th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
Made me laugh. I just left facebook after chatting with my sister-in-law. She's 72! Also on FB is her daughter (age 40) who calls me Auntie Marva. Oh, the pain!
karen_w_newton
Mar. 28th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
It's an invasion! I think we outnumber them, at least here in the States.
jl_johnson
Mar. 28th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
I love the way young people thing the world evolves around them, but we thought the same at their age.

I have my 14 year old neice on FB, but I don't talk to her much. She has her own life and I don't mess with it.
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