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Network Newbies

Network Newbies

Now that the kids have moved out, you have all the time in the world to expand your social life. If it were only that easy—because you’re finding it extremely difficult to make new friends without the built-in network that comes with having children.

Why not follow in the footsteps of the younger generations and try online social networking? Don't be intimidated! Sometimes the design of a site like Myspace and Facebook is the most complicated part—entering your own info to create a personalized page is really quite simple. If you've made it all the way here, you're already savvy enough to create your own online personality on sites that cater to boomers and empty nesters like Eons.com, BOOMj.com, BoomSpeak.com and BoomerGirl.com.

You'll also find yourself in good company. Eons, which was created by the founder of Monster.com, boasts 700,000 registered users who go online to do everything from exchanging recipes to blogging about turning 50. The most important thing is to explore the sites and find a home where you feel most comfortable. Not only will you make friends and connect with past acquaintances, you might even impress your kids with your new skills!

Do you belong to any social networking sites? What do you use your membership for? [MSNBC]

Posted: 6/16/08