Government launches over-50s websiteIt wants to hear the views of older people

06 November 2007

 

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A new social networking website has been set up to allow the over-50s to talk directly to the government about issues that concern them.

Each week a new topic is started on GenerationXperience and you can add your views as well as suggest other areas you'd like covered.

The site also contains links to other organisations – such as Age Concern and Help the Aged – as well as information about events in your area.

Online debates

There are also plans to link GenerationXperience to other social networking sites, including Myspace, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr.

The website underlines the growing importance of ‘silver surfers’.

The government says that  a quarter of all internet users are now over the age of 50, with people over 65 spending more hours online, on average, than any other age group.

Silver surfers

Last week Saga also launched its own social networking site aimed at the over-50s.

Users signing up to Saga Zone can add their own detailed profile, send messages to other users and join groups.

They can also contribute to web forums on a wide range of subjects from gardening tips to relationship advice.