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July 08, 2009 – Comments (15)

This is pretty funny. The original Facebook constituency is leaving. It's becoming the hot place for the over 55 crowd. (Hat tips to Cuban's weblog, others...)

Yeah, I don't know how this works as a "business" either. Collect more underpants, I suppose.

And Geezers, don't get your Huggies in a bunch. I consider myself one of you. I'm looking to buy a recumbent trike, for cripes sake. If that doesn't get me my own Geezer card, I don't know what would.

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#1) On July 08, 2009 at 11:44 AM, farmnut1985 (22.81) wrote:

Is that a south park reference or am I just seeing to far into the underpants joke?

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#2) On July 08, 2009 at 11:49 AM, XMFPhila100 (93.00) wrote:

Funny. I wrote about this last May. Maybe I was just too early? :)

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#3) On July 08, 2009 at 11:51 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

Step 1) Steal Underpants

Step 2) ???

Step 3) Profit!

 

I love the Underpants Gnome business model.

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#4) On July 08, 2009 at 11:51 AM, jmt587 (99.85) wrote:

Definitely a southpark reference.  Which makes TMFB un-geezerlike.  Or maybe it makes me more geezer-like, for thinking that Southpark is ungeezerish.

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#5) On July 08, 2009 at 11:57 AM, TMFBent (99.81) wrote:

Nice catch, Todd. Now, we know Geezers have more money than punk teenagers. But can Facebook actually monetize its newly-aged moneybags?

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#6) On July 08, 2009 at 12:03 PM, robstuck (< 20) wrote:

this blog is not true... sure maybe facebook might be getting more older people but it's not pushing out the younger crowd. I'm in college and I do market research on this matter way too much.

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#7) On July 08, 2009 at 12:04 PM, kdakota630 (29.61) wrote:

Loved the South Park reference.

As for Facebook becoming the place for geezers, my dad and grandmother both just joined up last month, and I'm getting close to 40 myself, so you're probably right.

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#8) On July 08, 2009 at 12:07 PM, fatdiesel (92.67) wrote:

The business model should be pretty simple:  Collect even more underpants and start selling advertising opportunities without alienating your core users.  Shock!

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#9) On July 08, 2009 at 12:44 PM, chk999 (99.97) wrote:

My daughter has asked us not to join Facebook.

I think Facebook will end up like eBay in some ways. It started out as young and hip and then became the place for middle agers while the young crowd ran away to Craigslist.

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#10) On July 08, 2009 at 12:46 PM, leohaas (31.12) wrote:

Facebook might be a fad. In the same way it replaced MySpace, it is now being replaced by Twitter!

Or maybe this is just an old Geezer trying to talk about things he knows nothing about;)

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#11) On July 08, 2009 at 1:01 PM, cthomas1017 (98.71) wrote:

The article says that the rate of growth of the 20 and unders fell, not.  At the extreme, if facebook were completely successful and 100% of a demographic group signed up, then there'd nobody left to sign up so the rate of growth would fall to zero.  Using the rate of growth falling logic, facebook would be gone based on no one new signing up.  In reality, they would be a perfect monopoly.

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#12) On July 08, 2009 at 1:04 PM, outoffocus (23.17) wrote:

Facebook might be a fad. In the same way it replaced MySpace, it is now being replaced by Twitter!

Sorry but Twitter is alread full of old geezers.

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#13) On July 08, 2009 at 1:09 PM, Zanibel17 (96.95) wrote:

As a facebook-using geezer myself I have to say that even I have thought of trying to go somewhere else other than facebook now that all my boring friends from high school and college are on it.  I mean, all day long talking about where you're buying groceries, the kid's little league practice, pictures of junior's 5th birthday party with all your in-laws and their kids in tow!  BOREDOM.

Just because someone was cool when I was 17 does not mean that they're interesting or funny today.  Frankly, my frame of reference for what was cool at 17 was quite limited.  No wonder everyone seems loser-y now.

All venting aside, I've enjoyed facebook very much for keeping up with people who agree with me on politics, music, investing, etc.  But even that is a big time sucker.  I've found after I get to know someone well enough that I enjoy reading their posts on facebook, it's time to give them my phone number/email and move on to texting or emailing each other personally and leave facebook out of it altogether.

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#14) On July 08, 2009 at 1:10 PM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:

Crap! I was just falling in love with Facebook. I'm not cool... again!

David in Qatar

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#15) On July 14, 2009 at 1:37 AM, Mary953 (78.83) wrote:

Whoa!  My kids absolutely Forbade me from ever getting onto Facebook.  That was when it first started.  I wonder if things have changed?  Somehow, I think I have more fun just sticking around here.

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