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Who would think that after age 50, I would take my daughters advice and join Facebook. I didn’t need it, I didn’t have time for it and by all means I didn’t understand it.  I was confused at first but she helped me see my way through and we even spent quality time bonding through the process.  She also introduced me to Pinterest.  Again, a learning process, for which I am grateful. There is a lot of knowledge to gain there, home remedies, recipes, health tips and so much more. Then there is Instagram, quick photos shared, it’s almost as good as being there.

If you are not connected, what’s holding you back? Are you confused? Worried about privacy? Have you upgraded your phone in the past few years?  Do you have a smartphone? Once you do you can’t imagine being without the immediate access. (This is what my daughter would tell me and now I agree).  I’m glad I took the time and stepped outside my computer comfort zone.

Consider connecting for many reasons. There are education opportunities, connecting with relatives (especially those that live a distance), re-establishing old friendships that fell to the wayside and so much more.  So much is shared on Facebook and Twitter such as:  family and friends birthdays (which are always hard to remember), photos, special announcements, invitations, private messages for quick responses to questions and the list goes on and on.

I know a few people who do not use these resources and they often feel left out, behind in conversations and don’t understand why they are the last to hear things. The immediate response is, “It was on Facebook!”  Today people assume you saw it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. That’s simply the way it is now and it is important to adapt if you want to stay connected.

There are other advantages with my smartphone. I have saved money with Groupon and other sites, I recently lost weight with the assistance of a food tracking application. I have my contacts with me all the time which has come in handy on more than one occasion. I have my calendar with me always for quick reference and so much more.

You can tailor your social media needs to your personal comfort level. Privacy is not an issue, it’s an option that you can control. If you want to read Tweets but not Tweet yourself, you can, many people do just that.  Just try something new, there is no mandatory commitment to joining, no buy in fee, etc. You really owe it to yourself. Social media is not just for the young or business savvy. It’s for everyone and meets every need.  By not keeping current you age yourself and in essence will get left behind in the process.  Social Media changes all the time so it’s a good idea to jump in learn the ropes, hang on tight and enjoy the ride.

If you are uncomfortable asking family for help, check your local Community Education or Community Colleges for classes. You’ll be glad you did, not only for the hands on experience but to learn the lingo as well. I think you may be surprised the opportunities that await you. Keeping up with family especially those that live in other states is the greatest. It pulls us closer together and allows us to share special memories quicker. I don’t know about you but developing film and sending mail always got away from me. Digital takes no time and sharing is a blast!

I am grateful that I can maintain my connections with so much ease, because those in my life mean the world to me. Embrace your world and connect with Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Pinterest and so much more…the Web World is waiting for you.

Penny Jones, is a blogger and social media content writer at WebWorld Advantage. WebWorld Advantage, is a company dedicated to innovation in Social Media, Email Marketing, Marketing Consulting, Training and Education in Livingston County, serving Southeast Michigan and beyond.