In my earliest interaction with Facebook in 2007, one of the first things I discovered were dozens of sites devoted to hating old people. Nothing has changed since.
A recent study by the Pew Center’s Internet and American Life Project highlighting how more older Americans than ever before are online has generated some great news coverage focused on older adults, connectivity and the power of social networking. Today NPR did a great report based on this study highlighting one of Facebook’s oldest users, Florence […]
Last month’s issue of The Atlantic Magazine featured a cover story asking whether social media — from Facebook to Twitter — is making us intrinsically more lonely. It’s a provocative and disturbing premise but I’m not sure it holds up to close scrutiny.
The takeaway message for me is that authentic relationships and authentic interactions are vastly more important than the size of your network or the number of “Likes” you can generate.
Warm praise for “Tribes of Eden” from Facebook fan Mike Pliss: Every life is full of choices and every life struggles with birth, hunger, disease, old age and death. We all face these choices like forks in the road and … Continue reading →
In social media circles Friday is often the day to give shoot-outs to your favorite followers on Twitter (hashtag #FF for Favorite Fridays), organize live-chat events on Facebook and roundup up the week’s news on your blog.
ChangingAging has threads on multiple social networking sites so I’d like to begin featuring those conversations on the blog with a Friday Social Media Roundup.
Today, we’re launching a new Eden Alternative Facebook Page and I’m excited to invite the world to “LIKE” the Eden Alternative. We’ve prepared a special surprise to help launch the Eden Alternative Facebook Page — we’re holding a YouTube video contest featuring performances from the Eden Idol competition at the 2010 Eden International Conference in Denver posted exclusively on our new Facebook Page.
In December, 2010, Pew Internet published a report about internet use. One general conclusion – no surprise – was that certain online activities have become popular across all age groups. These activities include:
Search engine use
Join Facebook? For three years I avoided the site. I knew that some of my friends from work, church, and other activities were joining, but I just did not feel like it was a fit. My daughter, then in graduate school, used the social networking sit…
Although Anthony Weiner stated that the women he corresponded with on Facebook and Twitter were all over the age of consent, recently more compromising photos have emerged and information has come out about a ‘friend’/’follower’ who is in high school. …
Large media outlets are, unfortunately, like large long-term care institutions. They prosper by standardizing their product and that standardization is lethal to voices and viewpoints outside of the accepted bounds of discourse.
Here is an example of what I mean.
With seniors, including many of our aging parents, actively using Facebook, the social network has tossed yet out another challenge to family members who seek to maintain privacy while still enjoying the social interaction that the social network offer…
Great article in the Wall Street Journal about kids and grandparents and the ways they are communicating with one another. In her May 9, 2001 article, OMG! My Grandparents R My BFF!, reporter Molly Baker takes readers on a “magical mystery tour…
When it comes to Facebook I try to take a Zen approach and not get too worked up over the latest privacy infringing upgrade or the ridiculously clunky new photo viewer. My latest frustration stems from trying to fathom Facebook’s unfathomable algorithm for filtering my friend’s activity in the main news feed. John Flurry of […]
I was just listening to a story on NPR Morning Edition about advertising in online gaming that made me sick to my stomach. An advertising executive for the insurance company Farmers Insurance Group described a marketing campaign designed for the popular Facebook game Farmville. The insurance company created a virtual Zeppelin balloon featuring its logo that […]
From The Green House Project Facebook Page, a Shahbaz* shares this gem about why she loves her job: Why I love my job reason #792: As we were preparing supper, an elder decided to go back to their room and started playing their piano. As elders in the hearth recognized the hymns and old time […]
Here’s a must-read piece from NPR detailing the explosive growth of social networking among 50 and older adults. Full-disclosure, I used to work with both the report’s author, Mary Madden, a great researcher at the Pew Research Center, and the NPR reporter, Joshua Brockman, who wrote the story. But I came across this piece randomly […]
One of America’s largest and most influential membership organizations is trying to get a little more socially networked — online, that is. AARP, which claims more than 40 million members nationwide, announced this week that it has overhauled its website in an attempt to “keep up with the changing needs of the 50+ generation, focusing […]
Facebook recently announced that its member base is growing at the fastest rate ever, just after it displaced Google to become the top U.S. web site by total number of Web pages viewed (and after studies indicated that Facebook is the most frequently accessed Web site by workers on the job! But that’s another discussion). […]