What the youth take for granted many Baby Boomers shake their heads at: Why wouldn't I just call my friend if I want to know what she's doing?
It is indeed a different world, socially speaking. But it's also a different world career-wise, with many Baby Boomers continuing to work well past 55, even 65, and lots of those who do retire maintaining some type of connection to the working world.
LinkedIn is a social-networking site that focuses on the business end of things: finding work, offering jobs, making business connections, planning seminars, seeking new clients … really anything to do with earning a paycheck or expanding a business. It's this clear direction and purpose that makes LinkedIn a great place to start. Those who need some time to get comfortable with the social side of the online network can dip a toe into the business side -- and access some very easy-to-follow tutorials on setting up an online presence.
And when all that water-cooler talk, missed by so many Boomers no longer working full-time, becomes a natural part of digital interaction, it's easy enough to delve into more open-ended social networks, like MySpace …