Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Old folks are taking over Facebook

It used to be a social networking site for college students, but Facebook stepped outside the college realm and everything changed. I joined over a year ago to play Scrabulous with my daughter. At that time I didn't see a lot of people my age on the site, but it was fun to play. Another friend started up and we two oldsters have been playing Scrabulous now Scrabble ever since.

But in that time my generation found FB. Between political, school, family, and social connections, the friends keep adding up. I love it. There are more and more people of my age and older there. And every day I see little messages from my kids and family members, pictures, announcements, you name it. The whole bunch of us get to see it at once. Now even my 80-year old mother has joined. It's remarkable how much more connected you feel.

Do the young kids mind now that older folks are joining? According to a story on CBS News, some kids are freaked out that their parents are on FB. Luckily my own kids and now my granddaughter don't seem to mind. Of course, you can block certain items of your page from view by certain people if you want. FB offers many levels of privacy to suit your own comfort.

So if you don't have a FB account, you're behind the times. Get with it. Everybody and their dog is there now. Literally! Your dog can have his own FB account.

If you want to friend me, search for Becky Griffin Stauffer.


Jacqueline said...

Hi Bekkie,

I tried Facebook. I didn't care much for it. As far as I can tell, it always must be blue and white in appearance--and Im big on making my spot on the web color and "me".

And, people found me that I didn't want to connect

But, I do understand the appeal of it for many others.

Hope your week is going well. :-)

bekkieann said...

You're right, Jacqueline, they don't give you any color options. I would never have tried it myself except for playing Scrabble. But now that most of my family is on there, it's such a handy way of seeing what everyone is up to on a daily basis. I'm hooked.

Jacqueline said...

As I think about it more, it really cant be compared much to a "blog" is more of a communication center with family and friends, whereas a blog is more of a journaling item. So, in light of that, Id have to agree with you and say that Facebook is pretty good for its intended purpose.

Catfish Tales said...

I joined because of my son posting all his photos there. He's good natured about it all, but I try not to hound him with 'Mom comments' too. LOL

Now I've connected to a few old students and colleagues, as well as a few Yahoo familiars. OK, it's mindless fun, about like stringing a chord to a tin can and saying: 'Allo, 'allo. I will say this only once!' ;~P

bekkieann said...

Yes, Catfish, same here. Photos and little comments about their activities. My kids are in their 20's and 30's and are not so worried about mom knowing what they're up to.

But, of course, my favorite thing is ongoing Scrabble games. I always have at least four going at once. It's nice - we just move whenever we log in, so a game can go on for days. I guess we all have our addictions and Scrabble is one of mine.