When we first started using computers we never thought how much they would take over our lives. Shopping, banking, paying bills,booking holidays,what would we do without them?
I don't know if I would have started writing if it were not for the social networking site, twitter. I joined because my daughter was on twitter and a radio presenter had tweeted her back, I thought it sounded fun.Well now she no longer tweets and I can't seem to let a day go by without checking in to see who's tweeted me. Through twitter I found blogs and decided to have a go myself and became addicted to writing. How I wish It had happened years ago. I wrote about it here
I tweet with people from all parts of the world,people I would never come in contact with in my normal life. From people in their teens through to people in their eighties,everyone is the same on twitter it breaks down social barriers.I have nothing negative to say about twitter I have always found people supportive,chatty and always there with good advice if needed. Many people would benefit from the giving and receiving of a tweet.
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There are many other social networking sights such as, LinkedIn,Pinterest.My Space and Google Plus.
I have tried Pinerest but it is so addictive that you blink and a few hours have gone.
I find it amazing that many people of my age never use the computer or use it only if they really have to.
On the other hand The number of people over retirement age using the internet has increased dramatically and classes are being held in community centres and libraries to show older people that it's not as difficult as they think to get online.
Social networking online is brilliant for anyone who feels isolated maybe through lack of mobility,at the touch of a button they can talk to someone at any time of the day or night. I play scrabble and other word games on my ipad with all sorts of people, it keeps my mind alert.
Facetime keeps grandparents in touch with grandchildren who perhaps live overseas,seeing them as well as speaking to them.
Gransnet You don't have to be a gran to read it, they give step by step instructions on how to use Facebook and Twitter. There are forums talking about everything from politics to baking. Guest blog posts, competitions and even have a book club, definitely worth a look. Many good friendships have began on the site.
They can also be found on twitter @gransnet
The evolution of social media into a robust mechanism for social transformation is already visible. Despite many adamant critics who insist that tools like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are little more than faddish distractions useful only to exchange trivial information, these critics are being proven wrong time and again.
Twitter is my bar. I sit at the counter and listen to the conversations, starting others, feeling the atmosphere.