Manic Monday post: Oh Crap, My Parents Joined Facebook
Everyone knows that email is the tool of choice for communicating with grown-ups. (In fact, several teens have told me that GMail stands for ?geezer mail.?) So how are the younger (and hipper) technoratti connecting? Well, sure there's SMS texting, but for a broader hub, adults think Facebook and Twitter are the popular choices. And as such, they?re joining up in droves ? which of course means that they are so over.
Apparently, it's enough of an epidemic to warrant a website like this:
Myparentsjoinedfacebook.com is a space for kids ? in all their eye-rolling glory ? to vent their annoyance at having to ?friend? their folks and relatives. The intro says it all:
CONGRATULATIONS! YOUR PARENTS JUST JOINED FACEBOOK. YOUR LIFE IS OFFICIALLY OVER.
So, you finally caved. You've accepted a friend request from your Mom, Dad, crazy Aunt Ida, and your college roommate's newly divorced mother. Well here's your chance to get back at them for taking away your public privacy. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org because we want to laugh at your Mom's ridiculous Facebook status and the embarrassing message your Dad wrote on your wall too!?
This is sheer genius. Sure, it's meant to poke fun at Mom's ?hot flash? status or divorced Dad's internet dating accounts. But more importantly, the site's mere existence serves as a sign of the times.
I guess it was inevitable. After all, there are a ton of business seminars about leveraging social networks, usually called ?How to Build an effective Twitter Following? or ?Facebook Marketing 101.? And enterprise smartphones like BlackBerries consider Facebook apps as essential software. So they built it, and now the parents have come.
Well, at least when mom and pop poke you at will or make comments about your love life, you have somewhere to go to get even or at least commiserate. And you might even feel better because at least your parent isn't publicizing the need for a sugar daddy or some sort of ?Sexual Healing? (Blechhh!)