As a middle-aged man, I have always thought of social network sites such as Facebook as something that kids get involved with. But recently, mainly so I could view my adult son’s photos, I created my own Facebook site. In a little over a couple of weeks, I have reconnected with several old friends here in Finland and other countries. It’s been great to catch up with them. I feel like I am less of a hermit and curmudgeon.
In addition to Facebook, I have joined other social networks such as Twitter and 48Days.net (a site for entrepreneurs). Through the latter I am already learning how to increase the readership of this blog and my devotional blog . Yesterday I had the most referrals ever on the latter blog from an outfit called Alpha Inventions. I’ve never heard of them before now, but I assume some of my social networking has paid off. Also, I’ve tried to make my profile on LinkedIn more complete. This site is more for professionals, but I have pretty much been ignoring it
Somehow I get the impression from the news that old fogeys like me are taking over social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace and young folks are leaving them in droves. I’m not going to worry too much about it, though. Young people are adaptable, and I am sure they will create something even better for their purposes.