Jive Talk: Social Networking for Old People


Like many of you, I fall victim to my Grandmother’s constant request for tech support for her 10-year-old computer. There are times where I cry, pull my hair out and I curse the person who told her to buy a computer. But, I digress, there is hope and it comes in the form of Jive.

Jive is a computer/social-networking concept for the elderly/retarded/disabled. When sold to the consumer, ISP information is automatically added at the store so that a true plug-and-play experience is created. Interaction occurs via a “Friend Pass” that resembles a picture key chain. Each Friend Pass is placed in a reader and the preloaded information is brought up. This eliminates the need for a mouse, helping maintain simplicity all around.

What do you think? Would you get one to get your grandparents off your back?

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