Recently, she said, she’s having trouble logging into her account. It’s something she’d liked resolved, she adds, so she can go back to seeing updates from her daughter, a former officer in the U.S. Army, and photos of her granddaughter, a child who’s “cute as a button.”
Both “90 Minutes to Getting Started in Twitter” and “90 Minutes to Getting Started in Facebook” will be offered again during the 2012 winter semester, on March 23. Another continuing education course for seniors, “Blogging 101” will be offered March 16.
Fuller said she would be interested in taking the class again, to have someone hold her hand through the process of fully setting up her account.
“I don’t know a lot about computers, and there’s a lot I still don’t know,” she said. “Usually everything moves too fast for me, and I get discouraged. I just need someone to sit beside me, say ‘This is what this is. This is what this means.’ ”
Clack said it was understandable for “older generations, boomers in particular,” to be intimidated not just by social media, but even by computers in general. It’s a psychological thing more than anything else, he said, and it can be overcome.
“(Facebook) can seem, when you start out, like a big, dark forest,” he said. “But there’s main paths through the forest, ones that are easy to follow. ... One reason Facebook is so popular is because it’s been made very easy to use. It’s intuitive.”