For most teenagers social media begins and ends with My Space or Facebook. I can honestly say the last thing my 17-year old son wants to do is to befriend me on Facebook. I’m okay with that. But the other day he asked me for my Twitter ID so he could follow me. It got me thinking – what a great way for him to find out more about how social media can be used. His natural curiosity (of trying to find out more about dad) will take over.
Because my Twitter ID is linked to my LinkedIn profile that is linked to my blog, my son now has a whole new world to explore. He can watch what I tweet and who I tweet with and search the profiles of those I follow and who follow me. On LinkedIn he can see my profile, the groups I belong to and names others have searched with similar backgrounds. He can also keyword search and find people all of the different backgrounds. Through my blog he can see how I think about varying subjects and what I choose to write about. He can follow blogs of bloggers I follow that may lead him into new areas and give him a different perspective.
And importantly, he can do this on his own time. When he comes to me to ask about starting his own blog I’ll know it worked.