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So My Mom Joined ‘Tweeter’… I mean Twitter…

I believe my Mom meant Twitter; I am going with that anyway.

Two days ago, my Mom and I were talking about random topics. Suddenly, I hear her slip in ‘so I joined Twitter today… I’m following you…’. I did a double take when Mom said that. It was in fact true, my Mom was the newest person on Twitter!

For a moment, I was excited to hear this. I thought it would be a good way for my Mom to get involved in the social media world. I then thought “oh crap! My Mom can stalk me on here!”

It made me think for a minute: am I the only one with a parent on Twitter? I did a twitpoll about it, of which had surprising results. Of the 13 respondents, eight had a parent on Twitter. That seemed like a high number to me. I know that many of my friends have parents on Twitter; the fastest growing demographic on Facebook is the 35+ group. On Twitter, my perception is that it was a community dominated by youth. That perception is becoming more wrong by the day.

With my Mom on Twitter, it will not be a game changer. She has no idea how to tweet. Yes, she can look at my stream, then question me about it later, or ask about what my friends are saying, or ask what RT means. I welcome her to the community, and hope that they welcome her with open arms.

I hope she knows what she got herself into 🙂


  1. Ashlee
    March 12, 2010 at 1:04 PM


    I’m still trying to help my Dad with his Facebook page. I have his user/password written down on a piece of paper he carrys in his wallet. Almost, like a little kid that on the first week of kindergarten you had your bus number safety pinned to your shirt so you couldn’t get on the phone bus.

    He always makes me giggle, when he asks me things like “Should we check my ipod to see if I have any more friends?”, “Ash, why aren’t ym favorites on your computer?” and “How often should I sync my Facebook?”

    My dad is very slowly accepting technology, however, he still believes in checks over a check card.

  2. March 12, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Great to hear. I’ve lobbied my parents for some time to hop on Twitter, because I think they would find loads of value in sharing and connecting. Especially my dad (bird watching, travel, Prius, beer). An interesting question is how this impacts brands using social media (in this case Twitter). Where is their wheelhouse? I know my dad would find more value in connecting with people, not brands, and if the fastest growing and core demographic is trending up in age how are organizations approaching that issue (is this older demographic engaging or just lurking)? I’m happy your mom joined tweeter, and will be even happier when she tweets her first Argyle Friday TwitPic (making the George Costanza ‘worlds colliding’ face).

    • March 12, 2010 at 1:46 PM

      Hey Randy!

      I have to set up a training session for her to get her up to speed on the lingo, the how to’s, best practices, etc. She’s already far more advanced than other parents I know. She emails me, knows how to use messengers (Windows Live), and can text and picture message as well.

      I suppose Twitter was the logical next step. It will be fun to track her progress. Then again, goodbye privacy 🙂


      I’m glad my Mom doesn’t need a reminder like your Dad does. She may ask what we think are silly questions, but we were all n00b’s at some point. If we guide them along in the beginning, they’ll be more likely to gain great amounts of value out of their experiences in social media.

  1. March 15, 2010 at 6:05 AM

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