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You CAN teach an old dog new tricks

Posted by Amy Wilson on August 17, 2010


For all you social networking naysayers out there, I want to share a recent conversation between two of my uncles.  Amidst a family reunion filled with people of all ages, my uncle Stu (age 70) wholeheartedly convinced his older brother Warren (age 72) to join Facebook.  He was successful, too, that darn whipper-snapper!

Stu: “Warren, when are you going to join Facebook?”

My dad and his brothers - convincing and agreeable!

Warren: “Seems like a lot of work.”

Stu: “You don’t have to do anything.”

Warren: “Isn’t there a lot of junk out there?”

Stu: “Just friend who you want.  I only friend relatives – if they’re not related to me, they’re not my friend!  I hide all that farming and mafia crap.”

Warren: “Oh, I can hide that?  Well, what would I get out of it?”

Stu: “It’s the first thing I look at in the morning.  If I didn’t look at it, I wouldn’t know what’s going on with my kids and my grandkids.  I find out everything I need to know there.

Warren: “That sounds good …”

Stu: “Amy – what was that TED thing you sent around?  Those videos are great and I never would have learned any of that stuff if you hadn’t posted it.  It’s not like I’m going to go out to that YouTube and just hunt around.  Everything I want to know/learn I get from Facebook.”

A few days later, Warren joined Facebook and is now officially stalking his family and friends … like the rest of us.

Remember this conversation that next time someone says “social networking is for generation Y.”  Social networking is about connecting and learning and it is for everyone.

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