TYPE 1: City Mama started things going with her Twitterus Mater species.
TYPE 2: THE SECOND LIFE MAMA
Species: Mama secondlife-us
Signature Behavior: This type of mother has minimal live contact with adults other then trips to the grocery store,Target and any parents associated with her kids school or activities. She lives for her second life that happens during naptime and after bedtime. During naptime she Twitters to see what her friends are doing. She Google Talks family members while twittering to keep up to date with them. She helps her kids see their grandparents by using Skype, a logitech webcam and a laptop. After bedtime she reads and comments on other mom blogs, logs on to numerous mom social networking sites, and writes her own blog to show her “real” self to others. Her networking also takes place online by adding her blog friends to her LinkedIn profile. Her favorite people are her online friends, most of who she has never met. She dresses up only to Share Her Look. Is thinking about planning a mom’s night out at Second Life. Is starting to believe she looks like her avatar.
Distinctive Markings: She does not use her home phone anymore, her favored communication style is receiving emails to her smartphone or texting. She does not have any recognizable distinctive dress; she usually walks fast between point A to point B to make sure she does not have to make live small talk.
Natural Enemies: Any group that requires live phone calls and live meetings.
Mating Call: Getting an invitation from a new Twitter or LinkedIn friend, her blog being linked to from another blog and being asked to join a new online social networking group.
TYPE 3: THE CHIEF TECH MOM
Species: Chiefus Techus Momus
Signature Behavior: She set up her family with a wireless network and print router to make sure every square inch of the house has internet and print access. Has a smartphone but is always looking for the newer version with better functionality. All family photos and videos are digital. Photos she wants to share with her friends/family are on Flickr and family newsletter is on Vox. But many relatives never see them because they don’t use their computers that much. The family schedule is onlilne and chore charts are on overly complicated spreadsheets that sync with her smartphone, but no one in her family reads them. Volunteers to create photo CD’s for her kids class and to make Yahoo Groups for class communication as a way to get out of going to school committee meetings. Always carries a USB flash drive in her purse. Constantly negotiating with her kids, who ask her to relax Internet controls. Will not exercise without her iPod, and has an iHome in the kitchen as well as an adapter for the car to make sure she can listen to her favorite songs wherever she is. Programs the family TIVO episodes over the internet. Spends way too much time looking at the many cool Web 2.0 applications to save time for her family….. Google is her favorite verb.
Distinctive Markings: Friends are tired of her constant ranting on how technology can be used for their families, and don’t understand most of what she is talking about anyway. Buys PC and Wired Magazine instead of People and InStyle for plane rides.
Natural Enemies: Any friend that does not have an email address or uses their husbands instead of having their own email address (she is an email feminist).
Mating Call: Any event with the term “2.0” in it. Or, in agreement with Citymama, any event Grace D asks her to go to (The Chiefus of Chiefus Techus Momus).