If you caught any of the livestream video coverage we provided at the Green House Meeting and Celebration in Grand Rapids last week you saw how powerful and impactful social media can be in connecting people and sharing stories. If not, don’t worry — all the livestream video sessions and keynotes plus extras are being uploaded to the new Green House Project YouTube Channel.
Today at The 6th Eden Alternative International Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., I teamed up with Jack York of IN2L to run a social media booth and we invited Elders from Brookshire in Denver to join us via Skype to demonstrate the power of social networking. Conference attendees passing by were caught up in the […]
Check out the ChangingAging Blogstream Weekly Roundup for May 5, 2012. Read the top news and blog posts on aging from around the globe featuring updates from Dr. Bill Thomas and ChangingAging Blogstream contributors.
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.
Last week Bill Thomas’ new novel Tribes of Eden was officially launched after literally years of work. It was a huge challenge creating a high quality publication and I’m very proud of the team here at ChangingAging that helped put it together. Of course, our work promoting Tribes has just begun, but getting the book launch behind me means I get to turn my attention to some exciting new projects on the horizon — namely, what’s next for ChangingAging.
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.
At its core social media is not about technology, it’s about story-telling — or perhaps more accurately “story-sharing” — and the key to good story telling is to achieve emotional impact. Take for example social media created using Google Street View images. Google Street View (GSV) cars have been canvassing the roads of more than […]
The Pew Internet and American Life Project recently published new social media data, this time asking why American adults use social networks. From my point of view, keeping in touch with people is a grand old American tradition, as traditional as appl…