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5 Social Networking Sites for Baby Boomers


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AARP
AARP's networking site is more about peer discussion than pics from the latest kegger.
AARP's networking site is more about peer discussion than pics from the latest kegger.
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The fact is, common experience counts for a lot. When it comes to feeling truly at home, social-networking sites designed specifically for Baby Boomers can be a breath of fresh air.

One such site is the network created by AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). Whereas sites like MySpace and Facebook lend themselves extremely well to personal reports ("I love donuts!) and excessive "friending," the AARP online community takes a slightly different bent. This site encourages peer discussion about issues and trends affecting those over the age of 55, and revolves around common-interest groups.

This is where most of the action takes place, in the thousands of groups ranging in topic from politics to gardening to dating to book clubs to cycling. The AARP's home page is built to direct users to discussions they might be interested in and groups they might want to join. For those over 55 who may not have as much opportunity to meet -- and get to know -- new people, a site like AARP can offer a more fulfilling experience than sites devoted mostly to keeping up with friends you already have.

Which brings us to Eons, which is one of the most popular Baby Boomer networking sites today.


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