Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Do You Consider President Obama a Whippersnapper?

Happy January the 20th 2009Image by m-c via FlickrI've learned that our new President is really digging in his heels on giving up his Blackberry or giving up on Tweeting, despite the concerns of both the Secret Service and the White House Counsel (lawyers). Can't blame him - as I've discovered in the past few months, Twitter is both fun and useful.

If you've been holding off on using Twitter or other social media for your small nonprofit because you've been under the impression that it's primarily used by kids, you'll have to re-think that decision.

This week Sarah Perez wrote that the Pew Internet & American Life Project is reporting the number of adult users has quadrupled in the last four years. In 2005, only 8% of adults had social networking accounts and now 35% do. Here's the breakdown (from the Pew Research Center):
  • 75% of online adults 18-24 have a profile on a social network site
  • 57% of online adults 25-34 have a profile on a social network
  • 30% of online adults 35-44 have one
  • 19% of online 45 to 54 year olds have a profile
  • 10% of online 55 to 64 year olds have a profile
  • 7% of online adults 65 and older have a profile
The biggest users of social networks are adults 18-34, who are people your small nonprofit definitely needs to connect with. But look at the other percentages, which are much higher than I would have imagined.

A large group of adults 35-65+ have embraced social media: people who may already be familiar with your nonprofit and your mission. People who could be your evangelists in your online community, forum leaders and moderators, volunteers and volunteer managers. These are people who, like their younger counterparts, have joined social networks to stay in closer contact with the people who matter to them and to whom they matter. In fact, the top three reasons given for joining a social network are to connect with friends or make new friends. And the fourth? "Organize with others for an event, issue or cause."

With this information, it becomes a lot clearer why President Obama wants to keep his Blackberry and his Twitter account: he knows it's a great way to stay in touch with his friends and what they care about. Maybe you should follow his lead.
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1 comment :

vetements said...

I don't think Pres. Obama is a Whippersnapper. I think he kept his twitter account to stay in touch with his friends and followers not for anything else.