So. . . last week my oldest son, Gregory, and I went into Manhattan to go to a social networking seminar. I’m totally clueless when it comes to this whole new world. Frankly, I’m more than lost when it comes to Facebook, Twitter, and all the rest. In as much as I don’t want to categorize, I think people in my age group are either too busy or too overwhelmed to really learn this stuff. (Maybe I’m wrong, but it’s my gut feeling).
Facebook was invented by a college kid, and that’s the group of people who I believe are really taking advantage of using these programs. Kids and people younger than me. They’re “playing” online. It is a bit of a shame, as when I was growing up I really enjoyed face to face conversation, seeing real smiles, hugging people hello and goodbye when we got together, etc. I marvel at how my kids text their friends before they will pick up a phone now a days. Hey, if I wasn’t so concerned about an emergency I would absolutely not even consider having a land-line telephone in my house anymore. No one calls. No one talks on it.
Nevertheless — back to the conference and what we learned. There was a man named Alexis Ohanian there as one of the presenters. He was co-founder of Reddit, a site my son (he’s 19) is totally familiar with and I still have yet to go on and check out. He was talking to us about his new endeavor helping the world through the use of not-for-profit fundraising he does on his new “Pig Bread” venture. Why?? To help the world suck less. So, he now sells books and other stuff and donates 100% of the proceeds. He showed one example where they are building a school in a third world country.
I loved what he said. It is 100% my reason for starting www.timetoplay.com. So the world doesn’t suck as much for us working people, so we realize we need a little quality of life, so we find ways that we can become more happy, healthy, have money, and have some type of work/life balance. After all, if you are missing one of these 4 things, there is no way you could have a good life. Think about it. You’ll realize I’m right.
So, we old folks need to stick together. My concept for www.timetoplay.com is “people helping people”. You got a specialty that can help someone? Become a professional resource. You got a club that someone else would enjoy? Post it and post your meetings so people can come. Make friends. Smile. And there’s more. I tried to include everything and anything that could help someone have a better life. We have things to help some charities, too, and I’d also like to grow that part of the project with funding and awareness. I’d love feedback and participation.
Hey, we built it! Now we need you to use it. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 631-331-2675 to give feedback.
The site is new. I didn’t build it for me. I built it for us. So the world will suck less.
Hope to hear from you!