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AARP and Microsoft Help You 'Get Connected' to Social Media

It’s not just your kids’ Facebook anymore. According to a new AARP state survey, older Washingtonians are the fastest growing age group on the popular social networking site. But while connecting with family and grandkids, and reaching out to old friends are at the top of their online agenda, the report also revealed most Washington seniors are worried about online safety in social media.

See Also: AARP Social Media How-to Guides

To help Washington seniors “Get Connected,” AARP and Microsoft recently held a series of free events on social media. Participants learned how to use social media to connect with old friends, make new ones and communicate with the grandkids. They also learned how to participate in online causes and volunteer activities, discussion groups and how to use social media to simply have fun.

Marsha Collier
, author of “Facebook and Twitter for Seniors for Dummies” gave participants a crash course in the two popular social networking sites. Representatives from Microsoft presented sessions on safer socializing on the internet, video chat, and how to make your computer easier to see, hear and use. “Some people may shy away from new technologies, our members have been clamoring for information on how to log in to the social media world,” said AARP Communications Director Jason Erskine.

But if you missed out on intending in person – no worries. KHQ-TV in Spokane, WA recorded each presentation in full and posted the sessions on their website. You’ll find: … Back to Article

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