Adventures in Social Networking with Mom and Dad

Adventures in Social Networking with Mom and Dad

teens computerOn this blog, I spend most of the time discussing best practices when using social media to connect and share information online. Every now and then, our enthusiasm can get the best of us. As the number of multi-generational families using online social networks increases daily, so does the number of “Oh no, she didn’t!” moments where that fuzzy line between what you want your mom to share and what she actually does share is suddenly crossed.

Face it, there are things we can talk about with our friends, but let Mom or Dad say exactly the same thing, we immediately pack our belongings and look for the nearest cave to take up residence for a few months. If this is the case when our kids or parents say something “inappropriate” in person, imagine the widespread humiliation (and hilarity) that ensues when this all takes place on a social networking site for all of your friends to see.

Let’s take a peek at three humorous looks at how social media is, or might be, used to connect with our beloved family members.

Twitteleh – Twitter for Your Jewish Mother

Why answer the simple “What are you doing?” question on Twitter, when you could be providing the information you mother really wants to know?

“Oh Crap. My Parents Just Joined Facebook”

On this site, you’ll find hundreds of gems sent in by kids who take revenge on their parents for humiliating them on Facebook, by sharing it with the world. Names are hidden to protect those we refuse to admit are related to us. Parents, you’ve been warned! Sample some tasty tidbits from the site:

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Facebook, Twitter Revolutionizing How Parents Stalk Their College-Aged Kids

This parody by The Onion, America’s Finest News Source, is so well produced that some people didn’t realize at first that it was a parody.

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Do any of these examples sound familiar? Have you seen other sites offering a humorous look at the perils of connecting with one’s parents or kids?

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2 Comments

  1. Oscar Del Santo September 18, 2009 at 2:43 am - Reply

    It is true that Facebook and the rest of the social networks have stopped being ‘young adults’ exclusive.

    I think in the years to come we are going to witness many more amusing interactions of the kind depicted here.
    .-= Oscar Del Santo´s last blog ..ORM and the Dark Side: Astroturfing, Flogging and the Viral Marketing Campaign that never was =-.

    • Irene Koehler September 18, 2009 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      You’re absolutely right. We are just as flawed and clueless online as we are offline, leading to these sometimes awkward moments.

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