Microblogging? Social media? Twitter? Typing with your thumbs? Not a clue, huh? No wonder. That stuff wasn’t designed for us. Social networking services tend create user clusters around 25 years old. Drop-off gets pretty steep at 35 and beyond. That’s conventional wisdom.
But Forrester Research finds that more than 60 percent of baby boomers are avid consumers of social media like blogs, forums, podcasts and online videos. If you are reading this, you’re on the run from antiquity. Click.
Breaking news: last summer, the Google search engines dutifully logged on the one trillionth Web page address. One trillion! But that big number may be only a fraction of what’s actually on the Web. We won’t know until their engineers decode the way to locate all the hidden data in financial information, shopping catalogues, flight schedules, medical research … you get the idea. The spiders can’t yet penetrate the millions of databases that clot the “Deep Web.” But it’s coming.
My biggest complaint about the e-world? The hatchet job on the language. Dammit, "friend" is not a verb. Not with the lights on.
How many blogs exist? About 130 million. I don't know why. But I do know that blogs are good way for geezers to keep their heads in the game. You should give it a go.