Wired: ‘Boomerspeak’ Is Now Available for Your Parodying Pleasure . “In 2019, young people learned how to talk like boomers. It showed up in tweets (‘why do boomers all have such a strange relationship with capitalization and punctuation’), on Reddit (‘On my first ever Facebook post to a friend’s wall, I signed my name like some kind of boomer’), and people who type ‘ok boomer’ as “O.K., Boomer.” There’s a Facebook group where people pretend to be boomers, which consists of typing things like ‘say hi to Joe and the kids for me,,, love! You.’ “
Slate: The Very Respectful Wikipedia Battles Over “OK Boomer”. “The Wikipedia user Linguaddict drafted the first version of the OK Boomer Wikipedia page on Nov. 4. The article’s prospects were touch-and-go there at the beginning. Two editors declined the article, with one saying that it should instead be a subsection on the Baby Boomer entry, and the other that the neologism failed to meet Wikipedia’s infamous notability guidelines. But within two days, the article was accepted. Since its official publication on Nov. 6, the entry has received more than 700,000 page views on Wikipedia directly, and it’s had even greater reach through search engine results and the digital assistants that sample from the site’s publicly-available content.”
Mashable: Boomers killed the Facebook status. “Something about Mark Zuckerberg’s problematic, highly criticized, privacy hazard of a platform has people born between 1946 and 1964 hooked, and in recent years they’ve come to adore one feature in particular: the giant, colorful status update.” My observation: the one Facebook friend who posts lots and lots of these giant colorful status updates is at least six years younger than I am, and I’m not (quite) a boomer.
The Guardian: Meet the millennials pretending to be baby boomers on Facebook. “Posting typos and non sequiturs is harmless, revealing a user’s unfamiliarity with the conversational conventions of social media, and perhaps an inexpert command of keyboards. Yet, as indicated by the skyrocketing popularity of a new Facebook group called ‘A group where we all pretend to be boomers,’ in which members of Generations X through Z adopt boomer-ish affectations for fun, they can also be amusing.” Oh sure, it’s fun now. Just wait, millennials, in 30 years you’ll be constantly plugging in your VR sockets upside down and Generation Mutant will post looping XR videos all over your house of you doing it. And don’t come crying to me when that happens.
PR Week – Study: How Different Generations Join Online Tribes. “Facebook topped the list for creating tribes, according to Jerry Johnson, EVP of strategic planning at Brodeur Partners, which produced the research. He said more than four out of five respondents across all generations – millennials, gen x, and boomers – said relationships and communities formed on Facebook were becoming more important in their lives. Instagram rated second, though it is only popular among millennials. Less obvious tribe locations among boomers were video game social networks including Raptr and PlayFire.”