karen_w_newton (karen_w_newton) wrote,

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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