MuseForJews

muse: n. a source of inspiration

… “then I click what?”

I just read about a new social network for, well, old Jews. By old I mean 50+, which makes me one of them. It’s called GenKvetch.

Ummm…

I’ve certainly always been the first to encourage my colleagues and friends to check out and embrace new technology. And I appreciate that, for some, Facebook might seem a little intimidating. And I’m sure that Facebook has features which don’t appeal to older people, like “what kind of bong are you?” or whatever.

But, still, I have a problem with a segregated social network. Especially one targeted at the older generation.

Why? Well, for the same reason that I love Facebook and encourage people to use it. Facebook is inclusive, and I love that I can see my children’s photos. I love that my former students friend me. I love that synagogues use it to publicize events. And that’s all inclusive – the best of a social network.

I guess I don’t understand why we need yet another social network. Why not just form groups on Facebook?

My prediction – GenKvetch (and I actually really object to the name, as well) is gone in a year.

Perhaps I’m just being a curmudgeon – or a kvetch, as it were…

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June 9, 2009 - Posted by | Social Technologies |

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