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October 28th, 2009

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12:58 pm - "Twitter is for old people."
Recently, I have been listening to NPR on my way to and from work. It makes me feel like there's no reason to flip on The News Hour With Jim Lehrer after work. Anyway, I have been enjoying the shot of news and information presented in general, and some things in particular.

One of my favourite stories recently, "Facebook, MySpace Divide Along Social Lines," discussed who uses MySpace versus Facebook. But the best part was the last line of the story, "Twitter is for old people."

I laughed for about an hour when I heard that.

And it's totally true. Twitter really is for people who think they're on the "cutting edge," but it's really a sign (like watching the News Hour or listening to NPR) that one is just getting old. There aren't many kids on it, and the median age of Twitter users is older than me. Twitter seems to be the internet equivalent of yelling, "Hey, you teenagers! Get off my lawn!" Except that it's less effective.

Social networking appears to be a good way to be behind the times, most recently. The days of FaceBook and MySpace are shortening, I imagine, and soon the kids will come up with the next big thing, which they'll abandon as soon as they realize that the old farts have found it.

So says a guy who listens to NPR, watches the News Hour, has MySpace and LinkedIn and FaceBook accounts, and has a TwitStream on Twitter. The best part is, I'm below the median age of everything but MySpace users. . . and I'm "old."
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Off To See the Lizard", -JB

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[User Picture]
Date:October 28th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
Livejournal rules!

I didn't get a Facebook account until I discovered that my grandmother had one. And I've regretted it ever since.
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Date:October 28th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
My take on it?

They're all kind of wrong. I think you adapt to the people you want to socially interact with, and using median ages is like saying "I think the Mona Lisa is a happy painting because of the amount of beige in it". So don't let labels bother you... Not that I think you do anyway.

Plus the latest metrics I've shown have the younger groups showing the biggest uptake with Twitter. Statistics, eh?

I really do love twitter though. No quizzes, no auto-playing music and no need to be sitting at my desk to use it. Elegant, simple and reliable.
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Date:October 28th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
Twitter has always seemed to me to be a whole bunch of people with nothing worth saying, yet saying it in abundance. There are exceptions, of course. But it was generally a lame utility long before the MSM started hyping it beyond all reason and the older members of the herd started stampeding into it.
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Date:October 29th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
Considering Facebook and Myspace were basically designed for college students, they already were for "old people."
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Date:October 30th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
That's a very good point.
[User Picture]
Date:October 30th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I didn't mean to post anonymously.
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Date:October 30th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
I don't twitter or text and I only recently got facebook.

I also listen to NPR, every day on the way to and from work as well as on long trips, pretty much any time I turn on the radio actually. I love Prarie Home Companion, The Talk of the Nation, and

The other day this young man came into my office, and I was thinking, "this guy is a real hottie." I started helping him with his application for the college fee waiver when I noticed he'd graduated from the same High School as I had. I told him, "hey I graduated from Red Bluff High School." He asked me what year I'd graduated and I told him. His only response was an enthusiastic, "wow, I was three." I felt like such a letch.

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