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This is part 3 of the presentation, \"Libraries, Older Adults and Technology,\" sponsored by the Missouri State Library during October 2008

This is part 3 of the presentation, \"Libraries, Older Adults and Technology,\" sponsored by the Missouri State Library during October 2008

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    Missouri Social Networking and Older Adults Missouri Social Networking and Older Adults Presentation Transcript

    • Social Networking and Older Adults Libraries, Older Adults & Web 2.0 Presented by Allan M. Kleiman October 20-24, 2008
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • What has Spawned is Something “New” and “Exciting” in Social Networking
      • This is not “My Space Gone Gray”
      • Or, as the NYT Called it: “Facebook With Wrinkles”
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • How Can You Get Seniors in Your Library Involved in Social Networking
      • Most of all—how can you share that information about what is happening with your colleagues and most importantly-- with the baby boomers and older adults that use your library (public and academic)
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • Numbers are Confusing
      • Pew Internet & American Life----
      • 22% of Seniors 65 and Older use the Internet
      • Fastest Growing Segment of Internet Users are those 85+
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • Currently 35 Million Older Adults and by 2020 the Older Adults Population Will Double
      • Big Business in Developing & “Hooking” the Baby Boomers Now!
      • Sites that are Connected to Another Organization are Doing Well—Independent Sites are Not Doing So Well
      • Why? Let’s See?
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • How did it all begin?
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • www.seniornet.com
      • Founded by Mary Furlong
      • Development of Senior Training Sites around the US—to be international
      • Featured Last Week in the NYT
      • “Social” Learning Site
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • www.thirdage.com
      • Founded by Mary Furlong (“First” Social Networking (Learning) Site (1997)
      • Seniornet was Not-for-Profit—Thirdage is for Profit or a Commerical Site
      • Moves from “Learning” to Learning and Socializing
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • What can you do on Thirdage.com?
      • Same as Seniornet? But more?
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • Eons
      • People, Fun, Love, Money, Body, Lifepath, Obits, Games, Travel
      • Founded by Jeff Taylor (former CEO of Monster.Com) launched in July 2006
      • Sequoia Capital and General Catalyst, who have invested $32 million in Eons over two rounds, are said to have demanded the restructure.
      • Laid off 72 Employees
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • Let the Competition Begin:
      • More Friendly Versions of MySpace and Facebook
      • “ Eons, Rezoom, Multiply, Maya’s Mom, Boomj, and Boomertown. They look like Facebook — with wrinkles” NYT 9/12/07
      • “ Old People are Sticky”
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • New Search Engine—It’s not crabby, it’s www.cranky.com
      • Outgrowth of Eons
      • Taylor said in a written statement that the company teamed up with online consumer research firm Compete to find the 5000 most popular Web sites among a group of 500,000 Web users aged 45 and older and rated each site in order to create Cranky.com
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • What’s New—
      • www.eldr.com , launching June 2007, mission is to help baby boomers and their aging parents deal with the challenges and opportunities of agin by providing the most useful thought-provoking and trusted information available anywhere,
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • Redhatsociety.com
      • 40,000 Chapters in US/Worldwide
      • Red Hats, Purple Dress
      • Fun, Silly, Uplifting, Inspirational
      • "All my life, I've done for you. Now it's my turn to do for me."
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • Boomers! TV: Redefining Life After 50
      • Web 2.0 Technology
      • Produced Online Shows that can also be found through American Public Network (PBS on Demand)
      • Boomers! Transition Network
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • http://members.aol.com/gendervariant/prime/
      • Brings Sites Together for Gay & Gray
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • Blogs
      • Senior Bloggers were interviewed by AP and said that the benefits for them of blogging were:
      • Senior blogs help older adults keep their minds sharp
      • Senior blogs keep the authors up on current events
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • Senior blogs are a great way to meet people from throughout the world
      • It’s easy to share life experiences, wisdom and information through senior blogs
      • In some cases, senior blogs give the authors a bit of fame and recognition for their efforts
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • 3 Percent of online seniors in the U.S. have created a blog, and 17% have read someone else’s blog
      • 22 percent of Americans aged 65 and older use the Internet. That’s 1 in 5!
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • The Ageless Project
      • http://jenett.org/ageless/
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • The Ageless Project
      • The Ageless Project is a website that lists blogs or websites of people in order of their birth year.  There are a huge number of boomer blogs on the site and there are even 2 sites of people over 90.   To qualify, the sites are screened to make sure that they are personal sites that have no commercial content.  Below are the stats of the sites.
      • Born in the 1910s:     2    0.12% Born in the 1920s:    16    0.94% Born in the 1930s:    40    2.36% Born in the 1940s:    99    5.83% Born in the 1950s:   190   11.19% Born in the 1960s:   310   18.26% Born in the 1970s:   642   37.81% Born in the 1980s:   379   22.32% Born in the 1990s:    15    0.88% Total Listings:     1698
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • So, now that we have all this information???
      • What should we do?—
      • Cranky in Computer Class Training
      • “Link” these Resources in your Library’s Web Site
      • “Teach” Your Students and Colleagues About These “Social” sites
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • “JOIN” the sites—test them
      • Become a Participant
      • Add Web 2.0 Technology to Your Web Classes
      • Provide Feedback, Both Positive and Negative to the Sites
      • Help Make Them Succeed!
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • In Conclusion,
      • It’s not MySpace Yet! But Who Knows what’s next Social Networking, Search Engines and Blogging for Baby Boomers & Older Adults
      • Online Communities for Baby Boomers and Older Adults are Growing and are here to stay!, well maybe?
      • But…But before I leave I should tell you what are we doing at the Old Bridge Public Library-----here is what you can do!
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • Questions?
      • Answers
    • Social Networking and Older Adults
      • Allan M. Kleiman
      • [email_address]
      • Libraryolderadults.blogspot.com
      • 732-738-5181