Are You Too Old for Social Media?

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Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster Real Estate

"I'm too old for this social media stuff."

"I prefer talking to actual people, not websites and computers. At my age, I'm more of a 'people person.'"

"My customers are all baby boomers, like me. They aren't using Twitter or Facebook."

If you don't mind, I'd like to take a moment to demolish some of these persistent myths about social media right now.

The first, most widespread, and most pernicious among them is the concept that social media is a young person's game, and that kids these days are simply wired differently than older generations to be more capable of understanding and using social technologies.

Hogwash.

People who practice using specific tools get really good at using those tools. Period. Think about it -- you grew up playing catch in the backyard with your friends, and now you can catch a ball without a second thought.  (MORE)

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David Monsour
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Coldwell Banker Select Professionals

Younger generations are diving right in because it's all they know.  Being the youngest Realtor in my office, and town, I can tell you that everyone is getting on facebook now.  Twitter and some of the other sites that require more attention not so much, but everyone wants to be connected.

February 19, 2010 02:46 PM
Rainmaker
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Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty

How right you are we need to adjust to the market and times-right now social media is in bigtime no one is too old.

February 19, 2010 02:46 PM
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Jim & Linda Arnold
St. Louis Real Estate Pros - 314-422-2762 - Referrals Welcome!
Coldwell Banker Gundaker-St. Louis, MO

To stay in the game, social media is a must.  The trick is to learn how to get it to work for you.  We are working on that!!

February 19, 2010 02:47 PM
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Andrew Mooers
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
MOOERS REALTY

It is not just your kids on line. We have lots of sellers retired and active on line in facebook, twitter, myspace, etc. The wife's especially are even more computer savvy.

February 19, 2010 03:00 PM
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Yolanda Hoversten
Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate
Prudential One Realty Centre

Social media is actually best suited for the older generation because there's no physical limitation to it.

February 20, 2010 10:40 AM
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