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Silver surfers get Facebook and MySpace lessons

Older web users want social-networking skills

Older internet users are getting lessons on how to set up MySpace and Facebook pages. Until fairly recent times few people over 35 used such social-networking sites, which allow users to post biographies, swap music and photos, chat, organise social diaries and make friends.

But now older people seem to be embracing MySpace and Facebook. Facebook's demographic makes for interesting reading - 100,000 and more of its users are of pensionable age in the UK. But by far the biggest cohort of Facebook users (around 3 million) are aged between 25 and 34 years.

Facebook, consists of 47,000 college, school, employee and regional networks. Some of the biggest firms in the US have Facebook networks. Facebook handles some 600 million searches and more than 30 billion page views each month.

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And now London computer firm Scooter Computer has set up dedicated MySpace and Facebook lessons. The company carries out the lessons in the client’s own home. Since the dedicated service started at the beginning of the month more than 15 new social networkers have had a lesson, with all of them aged over 40.

Scooter Computer founder Will Foot said the dedicated service was driven by user demand:

“When we were on callouts to fix a computer problem we were often being asked to stay on and help them start a MySpace of Facebook profile up on the website. They also wanted advice on how they could interact with other people and what the best site to be on was," he said.

The lessons cost £69 an hour and Scooter Computer guarantee to get the page up and running in that time. They help the clients register, get their photos and text uploaded and help them to start making contact with friends.

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