If anyone wonders what people in their 60s do online, here’s my folk’s online activity:
Last week my Dad joined Facebook. My Mum has been on Facebook for around a year. Now when you’re new to Facebook, you get a progress bar to encourage you to come back and do more:
- Dad does social bookmarking, once Furl now Diigo, as well as being an active member of MyLibraryThing. I tried to get him to use del.icio.us but I think he’s sticking to Diigo.
- My mum uses MSN but my Dad doesn’t. If I don’t respond immediately she thinks I’m ignoring her.
- My Dad is a Flickr Pro but my Mum isn’t. I bought him his first Flickr pro account because he was getting into photography and I was sick of getting huge images filling up my inbox all the time! Dad uploads photos that Mum takes too.
- My Mum started a blog recently, about living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, an Aspergic husband, and politics.
- My Dad prefers to microblog on Twitter, is on Last.FM and uses Spotify.
There must be something to the fact that each of them has favoured such different social channels through which to connect. Not sure how much is to do with gender and how much to do with their individual personalities, but Mum’s seem much more to do with communication (Facebook, blogging and MSN) whereas Dad’s seem more hobby specific and functional (Flickr, Diigo, MyLibraryThing, Last.FM).