OMG, My Mom's on Facebook


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How to deal with "mom" on Facebook. These slides offer my talking points, but no audio is available. So you'll have to piece it together yourself!

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OMG, My Mom's on Facebook

  1. 1. OMG. My (online) life is over... Mom’s on Facebook. Lana Carlene October 15, 2009 “She works on computers!” – Mom
  2. 2. Brief disclaimer. “Mom” Your collective of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. who are newbies to online social interaction.
  3. 3. It’s happening to everyone... THE WASHINGTON POST | MARCH 9, 2008 When Mom or Dad Asks To Be a Facebook ‘Friend’ ABC NEWS | JANUARY 2, 2009 When Your Grandfather Joins Facebook ABC NEWS | JANUARY 3, 2009 Friended by Mom and Dad on Facebook THE WALL STREET JOURNAL | SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 The Helicopter Parents Are Hovering on Facebook ONION NEWS NETWORK | SEPTEMBER 1, 2009 Facebook “Revolutionizes How Parents Stalk College-Aged Kids” SWITCHED | OCTOBER 12, 2009 10 Tips for Dealing with Family on Facebook
  4. 4. US Facebook Users by Age Ages 35+ = 38% of US Facebook members, October 1 2009
  5. 5. US Facebook Audience Growth Rates (Last 30 Days) Ages 35+ = 38% of US Facebook members, October 1 2009
  6. 6. Good news, though... OMG Scale Level of Embarrassment due to Parents Teen Adult
  7. 7. Wild child? When your mom wants to ‘friend’ you: Ignore friend request. Accept friend request, let it all hang out. Accept friend request, set custom Privacy Options.
  8. 8. Privacy Options Select “Customize” in Privacy Settings. Restrict viewable items by List or Friend. Or just delete wall posts on a case-by-case basis. But wait – why not entertain your friends?! See “FACEBOOK FAIL: How to Use Facebook Privacy Settings and Avoid Disaster”
  9. 9. OPP = Entertaining (Other People’s Parents) Mistaken Identity See “Facebook Mom”
  10. 10. Parental oversharing is also entertaining See MANY more at
  11. 11. But seriously... We love mom. Let’s help her out. (We’re more than qualified!) (Pre-LOLz) Flickr: Patrick Q Flickr: Tjflex2 Flickr: freeparking
  12. 12. Help mom blend. 1. Set her up right. 2. It’s OK to ignore. 3. Respect the wall.
  13. 13. 1. Set her up right. Set appropriate privacy: And show her how to control third-party apps.
  14. 14. 2. It’s OK to “ignore.”
  15. 15. 3. Respect the wall.
  16. 16. Mom overwhelmed? Go Lite! • Wall • Profile • Friends • Photos & Videos • Events • Inbox
  17. 17. Eventually, Mom will be making fun of us.
  18. 18. Thanks! Lana Carlene @lanacar