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.