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Managing Generations Facebook: Life Interrupted and Forever Changed

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 @ 01:45 PM

managing generationsFacebook: Life Interrupted and Forever Changed

The challenges with Facebook

My friend told her 28 year old sister about a party I am throwing for my brother and she said, Can you update me about it on facebook?

What? Why? You’re sitting right across from me. I’m telling you right now.

What is this obsession? Love it or not, social networking is here to stay.

I’ll Facebook You

The first time somebody said this to me I thought she was speaking Spanish. Eventually everybody started threatening this. Now I find it hard to remember the good old days, when it was so refreshing to actually have a real conversation over the phone. Even email now seems like outdated technology.

Is this like some new cult or something? I think the most annoying thing about Facebook is that everybody is using it; you feel pressured to join the crowd. Especially as a generation expert you see that change management in organizations has to sit up and notice social media is having a huge impact on this generation.

With numbers estimated as high as 70 million, Generation Y (also known as the Millennial) is the fastest growing segment of today’s workforce and social networks are the number one way they prefer to communicate.

The problem is Facebook is a loose social network; a "friend" on Facebook might be someone you'd barely recognize in real life. It is also largely uncensored and it’s not like face to face conversation people can hide behind their computer screen (or iPod) and have the confidence to say anything they like.

There are no real rules to facebook. Anyone can say anything and the world can hear it. Yikes! Is this really what they intended when they built this software? (Yes)

I watched a motivational speaker talk about generations and their was no mention of facebook and it's affects on organizations.

This technology is so powerful it has changed the way we communicate and build and maintain relationships. I have heard and experienced some great stories of how people have found each other and reconnected by facebook.

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