Last week, I went to the BlogWorld conference in NYC to learn all about blogging and social media.
Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Yelp, and Gowalla, these are just a few of the social networking tools that I need to become more familiar with if I am going to be a more tech savvy senior.
I definitely want to be more social. Yes, I do, I do, I do. But, how, oh how will I ever have time to keep up with all this social media? Maybe if I give up sleeping, which is really only about four hours a night with all my menopausal moments these days, I can spend more time surfing the worldwide web.
Or, maybe, maybe, maybe, I can ask my son D to help me become more tech savvy.
D was very helpful this weekend when I wanted to download the new Lady Gaga CD. I do know how to use iTunes, but Gaga’s new CD was much less expensive on Amazon.com. So, I turned to D and said, “Please, oh, please, can you go to Amazon.com and purchase Born This Way for me and then make a CD for my car and then put the songs on my iPod too? Please, please, please.”
“Sure mom,” said D. What a wonderful son I have. I love him. I love him. I do. I do. He downloaded the entire audio track in about 10 minutes and I was out the door with my CD and iPod in hand. It was a fabulous ride to my condo on the corner for Memorial Day weekend singing and bopping to Born This Way. And instead of surfing the net, I was able to spend more time riding the waves.
“But, mom,” said D, “you’re going to have to learn how to use these tech tools when I’m back at school this fall.”
“You’re absolutely right,” I replied. So let’s see how far I’ve gotten in the past few days since I’ve been back from BlogWorld:
Facebook– will you like me on Facebook? Facebook has 650 million subscribers, but no one is my fan. You can find me at judi boomer girl and hit the “like” button. Then I’ll have some fans on Facebook. Tell all your 50+ friends to like me too. I want to have millions of fans. I do plan to host some contests and promotions on Facebook when I become a more tech savvy senior. So go ahead and become my fan. I want to be liked. But, don’t expect any messages if you write to me…I haven’t learned how to answer a message yet.
Twitter – will you tweet with me on Twitter? You can find me at @judiboomergirl and hit the follow button or check out the side bar on my blog and you can see all my tweets. Sometimes I tweet about interesting articles targeted to baby boomer women and aging and wellness. You may want to follow the other people that I follow. They are more interesting than me.
Foursquare – I haven’t registered with this site yet. Not sure I want to reveal where I am every minute of the day. According to Foursquare’s website, they are a location-based mobile platform that makes cities easier to use and more interesting to explore. By “checking in” via a smartphone app, users share their location with friends while collecting points and virtual badges. Foursquare guides real-world experiences by allowing users to bookmark information about venues that they want to visit and surfacing relevant suggestions about nearby venues. Merchants and brands leverage the foursqaure platform by utilizing a wide set of tools to obtain, engage, and retain customers and audiences.
I will let you know when I become one of the 8+ million subscribers and then you can follow me and I’ll share all the exciting places I visit.
There are several other sites like Foursquare that you may want to check out. There’s Yelp and Gowalla, which have a similar platform. I haven’t joined these two sites either. I actually thought the speaker who spoke about Gowalla was saying ‘gorilla.’ Wonder who names all these sites? Whoever does is very creative.
“Mom, I just got movie tickets for $4.00,” said my daughter A on Friday night.
“How did you get the tickets so cheap?” I asked.
“On Groupon,” said A. “Aren’t you a member of Groupon?”
“No, no I am not a Groupie,” I said. “I’ve had enough of all these tech tools for now, I’m tired of being so social, I just want to be liked.”