The number of seniors using online social media has doubled in the past year, according to a recent study by the Pew Internet & American Life project (http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1711/older-adults-social-networking-facebook-twitter).
For Internet users age 50 and older, the use of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In has increased from 22% to 42% over the last 12 months, demonstrating that older users have been especially enthusiastic about embracing new networking tools. Although email continues to be the primary channel to maintain contact with friends, families and colleagues, more users now rely on social networks to help manage their daily communications -- sharing links, photos, videos, news and status updates.
Overall, 92% of those ages 50-64 and 89% of those ages 65 and older send or read email and more than half of each group exchanges email messages on a typical day.
Each site has unique features to offer. Are you an online senior? What sites and tools do you find most useful?