E2.0 Generation Gap

After four days at the 2010 Enterprise 2.0 Conference, I’m feeling my age.  It’s not just that the days were intense with tons of new ideas and useful information to absorb.  It’s also that I felt a bit too much at home.  What do I mean?  If you listen to some pundits, E2.0 is the province of the young and the hip.  As a Gen Xer, I assumed I was going to be among the older folks attending.  To my surprise, I wasn’t.  With few exceptions, most of the folks I met were older than 30 (and some were considerably north of 30).  The gap between perception and reality  became even more apparent when one of the LaunchPad finalists — a chipper 20-something — declared to the audience that he was there to prove that there were in fact some Millennials involved in E2.0.

So what’s going on? Are the E2.0 conference attendee demographics an anomaly or should we just face facts that this is a technology — even a way of life — that now spans generational boundaries?  If it’s the latter, then I’m very optimistic about our ability to embed social tools in the enterprise. If you think we’re dealing with an anomaly, please do let me know what you think is really going on.

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