Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wrinkled Facebook?

Image representing Facebook as depicted in Cru...Image via CrunchBaseAdam Hochberg had an interesting article today citing a new survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project that found seniors age 74 and older are among the fastest growing demographic group on social network sites, including Facebook and LinkedIn.

The Pew study concluded 16 percent of Internet users in that elderly age group visit social media sites, compared to only 4 percent of Web users 74 and older who were devotees in 2008. Further evidence of increased senior Web surfing, according to Hochberg, is found on the Facebook page of  AARP (formerly, the American Association of Retired Persons), which boasts more than 20,000 followers and a recently enhanced Web site that is social networking-friendly.

Apparently, the AARP site hosts more than 900 discussion groups, though "TUOL" wonders if it's actually just one discussion group that members keep forgetting they've already created. The news isn't all good for online "oldies" as the networking site, that was specifically created for those age 46 and older, recently jettisoned most of its staff.

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  1. Welcome back! I'm happy you've survived torrential rain, mudslides, and chaotic air travel.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Thank you. Calif. may favor Biblical climatic events (earthquakes, mudslides, fires, floods & locusts), but more than a foot of snow was on the ground when I returned to Boston. A glorious 2011 to you and yours.