Sunday, September 28, 2008

Navigating with 78 Million People - Am I the Only One Who's a Bit Lost?

I guess you could say connecting with Boomers is a hobby of mine. When I’m not busy working on my new website, I love discovering new resources on the web and finding new ways to share and connect with others. I hear so much about networking sites like Facebook and Myspace, and just recently became a member of the online community at, a networking site specifically for Boomers. recently broke into the top 2,000 most viewed sites, serving more than 78 million baby boomers and adults over 35. In June 2008, they reported 821,680 unique users and over 7 million page views.

It’s no wonder that is the self-proclaimed “#1 destination for Baby Boomers and Generation Jones.” However, after feeling around the site, I have found that the whole experience leaves much to be desired. The site provides a dizzying fusion of social networking, mulitmedia, lifestyle news and ecommerce-driven content. But more than anything it seems to have attracted a community interested in online dating. For me, it really hasn't been much of a place to share ideas and engage in conversation. Also, as savvy as I am with the web, I couldn’t imagine being able to easily navigate all the opportunities offered on the site (videos, travel deals, consumer reviews, and rewards points for the Boomj store).

Maybe I’m just looking for something different. Something real simple: making new connections and building relationships. But I'm not going to give up on Boomj just yet , and I think with a little tinkering, could streamline their user interface and be a good resource for Boomers to network.

What do you think? Are you a member of Boomj or any other online networking community?


Sandy said...

One of the main problems which I have with is that there is very little content there specifically for Boomers, and basically no content specifically for GenJonesers, despite the site's claims. As a member of Generation Jones, I was mostly interested in spending time on the site for the GenJones stuff, and have been disappointed. Several of my Joneser friends have made similar comments to me. There is a real lack of stuff specifically for Jonesers online, and BOOMJ has been so far missing a real opportunity by more or less ignoring us Jonesers on its site.

BeverlyM said...

I am NOT a Boomj Community fan. I joined their site several months ago, however, I am not impressed with how they conduct business nor do I appreciate the spamming that tends to go on by some of their members. But I'm just one person in this GREAT, BIG cyberspace.

I prefer sites like Vibrant Nation, EONS, Fabulously 40 and my own site,

I say to each her own and if the site offers what you desire, connect and enjoy.

Diane J Standiford said...

My blog and the few I follow keep me busy. I am not much into organized groups. Free thinker here, can't be tied down. Ya know?

Ms. 50something said...

I will definitely check out boomerdivanation and connect with you on eons. Thanks for your frankness re Boomj.

Ms. 50something said...

Love your consistent responses, Diane. You are one very busy lady. And a free thinker (like me!).

Ann K. Levine, Esq. said...

great post!

Joel said...

I’m not familiar with, I definitely check it out.

Here’s our boomer retirement in Mexico story.

Eight short years ago, when the dotcom bubble was bursting in and around us in Silicon Valley, California, my husband and I decided to do something different.

We decided to shutter our business in Silicon Valley and check out of the rat race for a while and travel Mexico. We were your classic workaholic professional couple and had not had a 10 day vacation in more than 18 years!

During our three month trip, we wound up buying a fabulous modern Mexican villa on the shores of Lake Chapala. There is a decent sized English speaking expat population in the village of Ajijic.

We came home with the plan to sell our Los Gatos abode and get out of Dodge. Which we did.

We packed up and moved to Mexico.

We are sooo glad we did what we did and have not looked back.

The Lake Chapala area has a great quality of life and we can live on one social security check because of the great cost of living with out scrimping.

We live in a Modern Mexican home with over 3,000 square foot construction and per year pay under $100.00 US in property taxes (garbage pick up 6 days a week included).

We own two homes out right without mortgages. All of this may sound like wealth. But trust me we are very middle class that found a way out.

Happily Retired Boomer in Ajijic, Mexico,

Casa Preciosa, Ajijic, Mexico