HAPPY 2008, WANOBIANS!

Have a truly wonderful New Year, Wanobians! I hope 2008 brings you peace, wellbeing and joy in abundance.

I guess just about everyone who has celebrated passing fifty knows nothing in life is certain, but one trend I’ve seen is crystal clear. More and more of us over fifty are colonising cyberspace, once the near-exclusive domain of our kids and their friends. Today we represent one of the largest and potentially most powerful forces on the worldwide web.

In Europe, Asia and the United States, as well as in many industrialising countries elsewhere, the number of mature citizens nowadays runs into the hundreds of millions. And the audience is swelling as more members of the so-called Baby Boomer generation also start to turn fifty.

We are very different from past generations of older folks. We are active, online, youthful and open to new ideas, media and experiences. I do not think I am exaggerating by saying many of us – possibly the great majority – want to continue to live life out loud and embrace living with eagerness and eyes wide open in anticipation.

It is not just about open wallets and having the resources to travel or buy more. People over fifty also plan for the future, making financial investments for themselves, their children and their grandchildren. Many of us also care deeply about vital issues such as global warming, poverty, education and armed conflicts.

The great thing about our generation is that we have constantly been rejecting earlier models and stereotypes to explore new ways of living and working and broadening horizons. My grandkids live in Stockholm, Sweden, and I have just spent a wonderful holiday with them. My parents live in Alicante, Spain, where I celebrated New Year with them (albeit somewhat soberly due to a bad cold).

Thanks to the wonders of low-price airlines, the Internet and mobile telephones, I never, ever, feel far apart from any of my nearest family and closest friends. Modern communications helps us all stay closer than ever before.

And that is also one reason why I founded Wanobe.com in September 2007 as an online social community where mature users can check on what their friends are doing, get the latest news, post their favourite photos, documents and videos, and gain stimulation by playing games or reading interesting articles.

We have some exciting changes ahead here at Wanobe.com, which I believe will make us even more useful to everyone visiting us. A huge thanks to all of you who have visited and explored our pages and especially those who have become members of the ‘Wanobian’ community. Once again, all the very best for the year ahead …

Live well, live long, enjoy!

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About Wanobe, the business knowledge network
Writer, journalist and broadcaster, sixty-something David likes nothing better than being with family and friends, eating out and drinking great wines, and scuba diving.

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