This has happened to all of us recently hasn’t it? I mean, **we** are the technologist for our friends and family are we not? Do we not get the stupid what is flickr/facebook/myspace/twitter/jaiku/orcut/youporn/youtube questions on a regular basis?
Do we also not have a terrible time explaining what each of these services is, does or is trying to accomplish? Are we tired of spending at least 3 minutes explaining this to them only to get back a deer-in-the-headlamps stare instead? You bet we are!
Friends, I present you the “how to explain social networks to your grandparents” unofficially-official how-to. Just copy and past the text into an email or read it aloud to those that just don’t know any better.
Ready?[insert social network here] is just another way for people online to try to get laid. It also acts as a place were 12 year old boys can try to steal peaks at boobs and cuss. It’s also used by [make up an important person here] for recruiting fans and trying to get laid. And share photos. The best thing about [insert social network here] is that it only gives your email address, home address, telephone number, email addresses of all of your friends and family and the name of your dog to 6 or 7 of the best porn sites. [insert name of another, competing, social network here] gives the same information, but they give it to the top 100 Russian and Brazilian spammers. But it’s sure fun!
I hope this was helpful. Please feel free to copy and paste the above text where needed.