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Nana's On Facebook

Updated on April 21, 2011

The world is on Facebook and on a smaller scale means Moms/Dads, Aunts/Uncles, and Grandparents. In other words, family members.

When Nana first set up her Facebook page, the grandkids were all about it. They showed her how to set privacy settings, send a friend request, download pictures and post a comment on her wall. It was a great way for Nana to keep in touch with her sisters out of state and to share pictures with them.

Nana has ten grandchildren that fall in two very different age brackets. Six ages 16 to 25 and four ages 2 to 10. All of the grandchildren in the higher age bracket gladly accepted their Nana's friend request. They thought it was cool that their 70 year old grandmother was Facebooking!

As would be expected of ages 16 to 25, there are many parties at college and elsewhere, some inappropriate language, as well as some inappropriate photos posted on Facebook pages. Or more realistically noted, appropriate for a 20 year old; deemed inappropriate (or shocking!) by a Nana. For example, "Party tonight! Can't wait to get the drink on!" accompanied by photos of a beer pong game. Like I said, typical for a 20 year old, but not so much for the Nana.

Now here is where the fun begins. Nana comments on the "party tonight" comment with a "be careful tonight, you shouldn't be drinking" or on the photos "this is not a very nice picture". I get the call, "Nana's commenting on my page and everyone can see it!". To which I respond, "Well, you did accept her friend request". I also enjoy a good laugh. I promise that I will mention to Nana about being sensitive with her comments.

As promised, I have the conversation and Nana gets defensive. She explains that she is not snooping on their pages, but that "the kids are sending her" these messages and that she is embarrassed that others can read them on her page. I explain that they are not sending them directly to her, but that her news feed shows updates from anyone she is friends with. I also reassure her that her sisters would also need to be friends with the kids in order to see their posts and that they are not. Nana feels a little better hearing that. She says she'll try not to check up on the kids as much.

Well, Nana, being Nana, just can't resist and posts another message on the page of her college freshman, grandson's page scolding him for bragging about partying. This grandson decides to delete Nana. Fortunately for him, Nana hadn't been told of the feature that allows you to delete a friend and because she can no longer see this grandson's comments, believes that he listened to her and is behaving.

Being from a large, Irish family that tends to be just a wee bit outspoken, the Facebook comments can be challenging at times. They can also be quite entertaining. I think all will agree that Nana is indeed cool for having a Facebook page. The comments have made for some great stories to share at holiday get togethers.

Looks like Facebook is here to stay, as are Nana's comments!


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      Dexi 7 years ago from New England

      It is a sign of the times, ladyjane. Glad you enjoyed the hub. Have a funny story to add to it. It was recently a grandchild's birthday and Nana posted the wrong baby picture to wish her a happy birthday. Needless to say they all got a big chuckle out of that one...haha! Makes for plenty of laughs...sometimes.

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      ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

      Very nice hub and really is the sign of the times aye, I can imagine all those college kids out there cringing at their parents or grandparents comments. I myself have to fight the urge not to comment on my college age daughters comments about partying and the pictures she posts........I ignore it and just smile and say wow she's having so much fun, deep down Im saying a silent prayer..hehe..thanks for sharing this and I rated it up and will definitely share it on facebook. Cheers.

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      Dexi 7 years ago from New England

      Hi Hyphenbird ~ Let me tell you that Nana has it going on. She can keep right up with those 20 year olds...and they love it! Thanks for stopping in and commenting.

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      Brenda Barnes 7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Sweet innocent Nana. I know how she feels. This was great and made me laugh and I love your family. They sound wonderful. Thanks for this.

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      Dexi 7 years ago from New England

      You don't know what you're missing Fay :)

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      Fay Paxton 7 years ago

      This is such a funny story. My daughters wanted me to join Facebook...I knew better.:)

      Rated up/funny

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      Dexi 7 years ago from New England

      Nice to meet you, NE! Glad you enjoyed it. Nana definitely keeps the family hopping with all her comments!

      I, too, am the oldest girl...and thoroughly enjoy when she gives her grandkids a hard time...LOL!...she says it's her right!

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      N.E. Wright 7 years ago from Bronx, NY

      Hey DexisView,


      I laughed so hard at this article. LOL.

      I think it was because my Mother is Nana. LOL.

      Well, my cousins are the ones that wish she would not speak her mind. My younger siblings usually tell her to chill. I just laugh. LOL. I am the oldest. LOL.

      I really loved this story, and I marked you up straight across. Way too funny.

      I love your family photos. They are great.

      Take Care,


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      Dexi 7 years ago from New England

      Hi Prasetio, Wish I was the brains behind FB! Those are the older crazy 6 that Nana likes to post "comments" to!

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I am glad you want to share about facebook. That's make Mark Zuckerberg as a millionaire. I love the pictures above. Thanks for share with us. Cheers..... Prasetio:)

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      Dexi 7 years ago from New England

      Thanks, Katie. FB is fun, isn't it!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Facebook is amazing, and a huge connection to the world, lives and going ons of family and friends. I love posting recent pictures for day to day life live from my smart phone. It's so cool. Love your read on Nanas on facebook, enjoy! :) Katie

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      Dexi 7 years ago from New England

      Hi Darski, Glad you enjoyed it!

      thougtforce, you're right.. some do share way too much :)

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      Christina Lornemark 7 years ago from Sweden

      Facebook isn’t easy! And the generation thing can be a dilemma:) Grandmother Nana must be a person who isn’t afraid of the new technology, how fantastic. Personally I think that many share too much information with others. But then again it is a great way to connect with others. Interesting hub and topic! Rated up!

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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      LOL,this is a fantastic way to keep the family together, sharing and growing together. Just remember you have three may four generations all mixed in the pot. Each person, in time will discover where they fit...the rules are clear but must be taught. Very cute hub and I enjoyed it. Rate up, love & peace darski