I’m currently writing a paper on attitudes to ageing in the media (and if you have any thoughts or interesting ideas on this, please let me know). While googling around to see what is already out there, I stumbled on some research done by an company called Umpf on the age breakdown of major social networks. I thought it was pretty interesting so here it is (I tried to embed it, as suggested, but couldn’t get the code to work).
I think it’s very interesting that over half of the group 65 and over have a facebook profile. Having said that, they are proportionally the smallest user group for every platform, so there does need to be some thought about inclusion issues.
Talking about code, I have started working through the Codeacademy exercises – taking some baby steps in coding. Exciting!
No this isn’t about EU communication policy. It’s about my street in Charlton, South-East London, which has decided to have a street party for the Jubilee. We got a note through the door a few weeks ago and last night those that were interested in helping out met in a local pub to talk through the ideas. For a start, there were a refreshingly large number of us – more than 20 I think. As someone who does a lot of organising of things, I’m used to that moment when you ask people to step up and suddenly find yourself with perhaps one or two other people. But not last night – just about everyone that turned up wanted to commit to doing something specific, and I think the problem is going to be more managing quite an unwieldy group rather than a few people being left to do everything. What a pleasant problem to have! Even if nothing comes of the whole enterprise (which seems unlikely) it was worth going along just to have met people in the street. I’ve been there 2 and a half years and really only know one family, my next-door neighbours. I didn’t even recognise the people there last night. And that’s going to be different now, which is great. It also gave an insight into the diversity of people that live in one street in South East London. People who have lived there their whole lives to people who have moved in recently; yummy mummies to duckers and divers; several nationalities; single people to large families. It’s a real microcosm of London and British life and I’m really happy that we’ll all be coming together on 4 June to have a good time.