Are you Social Network Savvie?

Why do I find it surprising when the not so old and particularly the young, proudly announce they don’t understand Twitter, Facebook, blogging or any kind of social networking or even how to use their smartphones?

A young girl at work was quite happy to tell me that she had no idea how to use her smartphone for photographs or access the internet. This same girl, a few weeks ago, said how impressed she was that someone ‘of my age’, not only uses Twitter but also blogs. She doesn’t use Twitter or blog, she is not interested which is fair enough. She is not alone, I have friends who are totally phased at the thought of blogging. There are even some who, with satisfaction, proclaim that they don’t have email because they wouldn’t know how to use it. My dad is 87 and is lost when his internet connection goes down.

Folk in their 40s and 50s, tell me that they wouldn’t mind using Twitter are worried they don’t know how it works. Am I intolerant in my old age, well 60? I can’t understand why so many folks are not getting to grips with modern technology. It is there, waiting and easy to use. Yes, it is scary – I put off using Twitter for a while before realising how very simple it is. I go through phases with Twitter, some weeks I tweet relentlessly and others I am hardly there.

Blogging is my lifeline and an all important diary, whether anyone reads or not it doesn’t really matter, although it makes it worthwhile to know people around the world read and enjoy what write and my photos.

I use Facebook as a valuable way to keep in touch with family and friends, exchange photos and follow what is happening in the life of my nearest and dearest. I don’t have hundreds of “friends”, I only have 28, that’s enough to keep tabs on. The other useful arm to Facebook is having a Hurtled to 60 Facebook Page on which I share blog posts.

At work we have something like Facebook called Yammer. Company information is posted on Yammer, if you don’t use it you miss out. Yet there are still employees who refuse to join. Is that shortsighted? I think so, but on the other hand it is possibly wrong of the firm to use this as the only vehicle to spread company news.

With this in mind, it would be interesting to run a poll to find out people’s thoughts about social networking. Please join in, it is just for fun.

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9 thoughts on “Are you Social Network Savvie?

  1. I love social media, but have limited time and now choose to blog and write rather than Facebook. I haven’t become very attached to Twitter, I think i you have to use it a lot to get anything from it. Every time I log in I see loads of tweets and retweets from from people I’ve never heard of! I often wonder how people find the time to tweet, facebook, blog, pinterest and so on, I have friends who appear to do nothing else!

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  2. Our high school had a computer buddy program where students taught seniors, some in their eighties, basic computer skills. The seniors were motivated as they wanted to stay in touch with far flung grandchildren. It was amusing watching the seniors confess to the high schoolers when they hadn’t done their homework. The students were also incredibly patient, I was very proud of them.

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  3. I have to be tech savvy for my job but not social media savvy..actually that is discouraged with educators which is so short sighted. i use FB and blog but have not had time to get into Twitter even though I have an account. i need to get there…should be a goal.

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    1. If I can do Twitter you can too – you will be surprised how simple it is. Give yourself a name, join, let me know and you will have a follower, it builds from there. Excellent networking medium.

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  4. Hi Ronnie,
    You forgot Klout! Some people are obsessed about ther klout score. I have not a clue how it works or how your score increases. But I keep blindly plodding along., but I participate.
    Twitter is well errr…and Facebook I find irritating. There are just so many diferent social media channels you could literally spend all day, going from one to the next!

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    1. Ah Klout! I have to admit that I fail to see the relevance of Klout, how can I be an influencer?! Twitter is fun, when I am in hte mood, and I enjoy reading what my neices and nephews are up in Facebook, but there is an element of noseyness where that is concerned 🙂

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  5. Hi Liz – I always think people feel there is something mystical about new technology and make it a lot more difficult that it is. I find it such fun and couldn’t imagine being without my laptop when at home and my iPad when out and about. It takes me aback to be thought as someone odd by younger people just because I use social networking, as though it is something special for them.

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  6. Hi Ronnie,

    Tbh, I can understand people not knowing Twitter etc, but it shocks and almost disgusts me that some people don’t even know how to use a computer! They’ve been such a massive part of life for the past 15 years that it’s hard to believe there are still people out there who struggle doing relatively simple things or even knowing how to use the internet; it blows my mind!

    Of course I can understand older people struggling with computers – I don’t believe either of my grandparents are able to use computers. Well, perhaps my grandad has in the library but they certainly don’t own one and barely know how to use mobiles let alone having smart phones. I recently passed on an old touch screen to my mum and I can bet she’s barely done anything on it yet – but she doesn’t have internet on it, so really there isn’t much she can do beyond sending messages or taking photos.
    She does like to play on my ipad though and often steals my iphone off me – and manages to make me follow people I don’t know or want to follow just because she’s naughty!! 😉

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