So Where to You Play on the Net?
Social Networking sites can be fun, informative and/or useful. I've included some information about a few social sites in this section. But, no matter which social network you join, there are certain things that you should know about internet safety.
Some folks argue that people shouldn't be concerned about Privacy on the internet. They argue that if someone really wants your information, they can get it. That's true. The same can be said about wanting your car. There are some people skilled in breaking into a car within minutes (or even seconds) and driving it off. In spite of that, when I go to town, I don't leave my keys in the car and/or the windows rolled down. That won't stop a skilled thief, but it can make things more difficult for those not so skilled. That's the way I view what I choose to share online. I take what precautions I can.
One good rule to follow is never put anything on the net that you wouldn't want to be made public. That would include to not upload pictures you wouldn't want the world to see (or take and use). Don't give personal identifying information especially in posts or comments. Be careful who you "talk" to on the net. It is very easy to disguise who you really are.
Links to more information:
Eons (Disappeared May 17, 2012)
My favorite place on the internet was Eons.com. There were many active groups about a wide selection of topics. I learned a great deal about computers and websites, made a lot of good friends, had fun playing with code and enjoyed the ability to "style" our profile pages. I could go on and on about what was great about the site. It was a wonderful place to hang out, but it disappeared suddenly on May 17, 2012.
Some folks created groups on other social network sites hoping various Eons members would reconnect and regroup - which they did. (See special section below) In the beginning, most of us hung on to the hope that Lori Bitter would get her act together and Eons would be back online. However, most accept that the old Eons will not return -- but, it might be possible that someone will be interested in recreating the things that made Eons so much fun.
The next sites discussed will be in alphabetical order
Buzz50 http://www.buzz50.com/ Forum style.
Boomerville was begun by an Eons member shortly after Eons disappeared. The people at Boomerville are very friendly and helpful. It is easy to start and manage a group. Group "owners" have tools to use to manage the group as they see fit. You can even style the group with skins. There is also the ability to create skins for the profile pages. In fact, there is a group where members share information about skins and a "Gimme Some Skin" directory to help the members quickly find a skin they would like to use.
The home page of the site is helpful. New members can find their way around a little easier than some of the other sites. To help new members find information, the is a section welcoming questions which contains head shots with links to certain members who have volunteered to help any one who has questions.
Of all the sites available for people over 50, this is my favorite. Drop by and see us sometime.
Not Over the Hill and My Boomer Place
notoverthehill.com and myboomerplace.com both use the same social network software (looks like an older version of phpfox) and both allow members to style their profile pages. Both sites use the tinymce editor and bulletin board code for comments and replies. It's fairly easy to use the editor to add images, videos or links in comments. It is not as easy to use HTML tags and CSS in the editor. Sometimes things will work in preview and fall apart when posted.
NOTH appears to be more active than myboomerplace. Most of the activity seems to be in playing trivia games, so if that is your cup of tea, you might enjoy NOTH. However, many of the NOTH members have been there a long time and have their own way of doing things. A few long time members are "volunteer staff" members who seem to have some powers, including the power to delete, but it is not clear exactly what the volunteer staff can do. There are stictly enforced rules about what can and cannot be posted in a blog. That's not bad in itself, but it is easy to unintentionally ruffle the feathers of a few, so tread carefully to avoid . . . . . uhmmm, the not so pleasant side of NOTH.
TeeBeeDee (Ning Community)
is a Ning commiunity that was started when the TBD social network
closed. Many of the original TBD members gather there. When Eons
disappeared, some of the Eons members found a home there. You can create
your own groups, join groups and style your profile page there.
Just for Fun
If you are in the mood to just play with graphics or text, you might want to check out some links on the Fun Sites Hotlist