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Give the Gift of a Facebook Page To Someone You Love This Holiday

December 12th, 2009 · 23 Comments

According to a recent article in Inside Facebook, Facebook is the #3 destination for people over 65.  You first reaction may be, OMG the Geritol set is getting into Facebook!  Your second reaction may be, I’ve to get those pictures off of my profile! Followed by several other paranoid thoughts.  Or you may think that Facebook is great way for your family to stay in touch.

So I’d like to propose that all social media experts adopt the following program:


  • Every Social Media “Expert, Guru, Advocate, Evangelist, Specialist” or whatever you call yourself needs to make at least one Facebook page for someone else this Holiday Season.
  • Create the Facebook Page for that person, include a profile photo of them.
  • Setup their friends, find their children, siblings, and loved ones.
  • Setup appropriate privacy settings.
  • Set their browser homepage to Facebook if they are technology challenged.
  • Teach them how to respond to wall postings and how to read the newsfeed.

For an older family member this gift for the holidays will have an incredible impact upon their life.  You will give them the give that truly keeps on giving the whole year long.  They don’t need to ever post anything on their Facebook page, they will love seeing the pictures, and being aware of what their loved ones are up to.  Let them be a part of the 90% Lurkers who inhabit Facebook   The ambient awareness of the family will enrich their lives immensely.

Have a wonderful holiday season.

Please leave a comment here when you create a page for a loved one.

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There is now a Facebook Group for this idea, please join and help spread the word.

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  • 1 Twitted by ckieff // Dec 12, 2009 at 9:46 am

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  • 5 Todd Jordan // Dec 12, 2009 at 10:50 am

    What a cool and unique idea. Glad you shared this.

    Now I’ll have to do this for my mother. She’ll be getting her first computer this Christmas. Have to set up her email, FB and such.

    Oh no though, how will I keep my comings and goings a secret from her now. Ha.

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  • 7 Aaron Strout // Dec 12, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Chris – just read this. Very cool idea. We’ve done this for a few friends but grandparents in particular is a GREAT idea. I’ll be happy to spread the word.

  • 8 Chris Allen // Dec 12, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    What a great idea this youtube video is a great example of this. i hope it comes through here.


  • 9 Dena // Dec 12, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    This is a really sweet & wonderful idea. While my mother is not quite at the 65+ mark yet, she is still a bit behind on the technology wheel. I started to help her set up her Facebook page about a month ago. It is slow going but I genuinely hope that it helps her to connect with our family across the country and even to reconnect with some of her friends from her past.

    Thanks for sharing!


  • 10 Ari Herzog // Dec 12, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Grand idea, but I’d be cautious putting anything up on Facebook with any participants who aren’t already there. For instance, if your grandmother has 4 kids and 12 grandkids and a portion of those offspring aren’t on Facebook themselves, you’d want to ask them before you put up their photos, etc. Some people don’t want to be searched.

  • 11 Chris Kieff // Dec 12, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Todd, Aaron, Chris Dean, and Ari,

    Thank you all for sharing your kind words. I do think it’s a great idea and something we can all do very easily. I’ll definitely be doing it this year myself.

    Ari, yes all things in moderation and with care.


  • 12 Steve Sherlock // Dec 12, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    This is a consideration. I already have a blog page for my father (he doesn’t have a computer). I have been posting his oral history there and other bits of family info. I could expand into Facebook to see if other family members would respond more here than they do there. I do need to be careful of the time commitment but with some artful feeds could probably pull this off.

    The blog page if any one is interested can be found here:

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  • 14 Mari Smith // Dec 13, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Fabulous idea, Chris!

    I would clarify, however, that there is a big difference between a Facebook personal profile (where you’re allowed one account and up to 5000 friends) and a Facebook fan page (previously called “public profile” where it’s totally public and you can have unlimited fans).

    I think what you’re suggesting is to reach out and help a senior set up their profile (not page) so they can connect with loved ones around the world. It’s only the personal profile that privacy settings affect. The fan page is all public, even indexed on Google and can be seen/found by people who are not yet members of Facebook or not logged in.

    I love your suggestion, though. I’m thinking if I was able to teach my 73 year old dad in Scotland the basics of Facebook, he’d absolutely love it… including playing Scrabble with peeps around the world. :)


  • 15 Catherine Ventura // Dec 13, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Lovely idea, Chris! I’ve already “gifted” a few Twitter accounts too, complete with custom backgrounds and, most importantly, pre-selection of a few individually relevant accounts and lists to follow based on each person’s interests.

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  • 17 Sprite // Dec 14, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    This is a good idea, as well as something I’ve done before. (btw, I hardly consider 65 geriatric .. but I have been encouraging my 85 yr old mom to use the computer I bought her more often. I’ve also found that grandparents can use FB and email as an instant way to keep in touch with grandkids and their own kids. It’s a win win and great idea. *hugs*

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  • 19 Jim Walery // Dec 14, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Chris, Thanks for the article. I saw it thru the Chris Brogan mention. Absolutely. Help others. If it isn’t Facebook, help them with Linkedin, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Wordpress, etc. This inspired me to write a blog post about it which can be found at http://www.jimwalery.wordpress.com. Great job.

  • 20 Melinda Mullin // Dec 15, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    The gift of connection–what an excellent holiday/New Year gift idea, Chris! Uniting and re-uniting those in our lives, and those we may have lost touch with. Bravo!

  • 21 Facebook Applications // Dec 16, 2009 at 3:27 am

    This is the exact opposite of caring for someone- leaving a give for someone via a computer time-delayed mechanism rather than doing it manually?

  • 22 Give the gift of social media this holiday season – Full Contact Enlightenment // Dec 16, 2009 at 7:27 pm

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