Grandma Has a Computer
Experience has value.
Every generation thinks they’ve invented the latest deal. I know we did. I know my grandma did too. My dad’s saloon reminds me of what folks do on Twitter everyday.
The value of getting older is that there isn’t much you haven’t seen in some form or other in the years gone by.
I caught this statement in a discussion elsewhere. It went something like, â€œI donâ€™t think people over 40 get social media, whereas kids love it.â€ Having seen this sentiment mentioned before, I thought Iâ€™d express my feelings on the matter.
Iâ€™m 50 years old. I get the whole social media gig. Itâ€™s like Woodstock on the â€˜Net, where people gather together for several minutes, days, weeks, months and years to hang out, talk, share, listen to music, run around naked and slide in the mud.
What social media doesnâ€™t offer people of my generation is face to face communication. It doesnâ€™t let us hold hands, sing or hug. Instead of raising our lighters as a token of respect and homage to those we admire, social media offers voting and â€œthumbs upâ€ buttons. Thereâ€™s no thrill there. Thereâ€™s no rock and roll. Todayâ€™s version of social is â€œread this, read thatâ€, vote on it, follow or unfollow, friend or unfriend, get answers or be completely and utterly ignored even though you know youâ€™re there. . . .
They may never know you showed up. Not only that, to participate, you have to give out personal information and obtain a password. You need to configure settings. Its a lot of work just to hang out with people you donâ€™t even know and annoying as heck when you simply wish to stay in touch with a few you do know. If someone spots you, everybody wants to be your friend.
Pot used to do that too.
— Kim Krause Berg
The entire blog post is a great read.
I know that relationships are where you find them. We’ve talked plenty about that. And I’m not about to give up my social tools, but I think, Kim, has a point about what’s missing from the mix.
They say it takes 10 years to make a VC.
Maybe it takes even longer to make a social media expert.
I wonder where Guy Kawasaki would weigh in on that question.