Lovin’ Life on Both Sides of 50? Eons Removes Age Limit in Bid to Spur Social Networking; More Big Changes Coming

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Eons, the web portal for aging Baby Boomers with the famous slogan “Lovin’ Life on the Flip Side of 50,” removed its age limits last week as part of a bid to remake itself—and revitalize the business—by becoming a more general social networking site. It was a dramatic and controversial action for the company “as we turn the business inside out,” founder and CEO Jeff Taylor told me over the weekend. The new slogan reads simply, “Lovin’ Life on the Flip Side.”

Just what that means is a bit obscure without the “over 50″ part, but the over-arching question for Eons is whether the flip in its age policy will put the company on more solid footing or turn out to be a flop. Early observations have not been kind, with many user comments on our site, its site, and elsewhere running against the move, and the blog TechCrunch putting the Boston, MA-based Eons in its deadpool.

Taylor, who founded Monster.com and built Eons with $32 million in venture funding from giants such as Sequoia Capital and General Catalyst (most of it in a $22 million Series B financing that closed last March), says the change is needed because it reflects human nature. As the company shed its professional editorial content, obituary and travel sections, and other aspects of its resources-oriented origins and ramped up its social networking focus, which was increasingly driving its traffic, he says it made no sense to have an artificial age limit because people don’t set age limits on their friendships and interactions. “You have a 53-year-old person who’s in the social network, and their 48-year-old best friend can’t join,” he observes. “The idea of having a kind of invisible gate didn’t make sense.”

But despite the big turnaround—and despite being derided by some constituents and outside observers for ostensibly opening up the site to teenagers and other young people—-Taylor insists that the company will retain its focus on baby boomers. “Our brand positioning is not changing at all,” he told me. “I have no intention of marketing the site to teenagers or 20-something or 30-somethings.” He also maintains that the business is “solid and healthy.” The company is “adding to staff now,” he says. “We have at least two years of runway with our current cash, and that doesn’t count sales—and sales are good.” And he says that more big changes are imminent to position Eons even better in its transformation to a social networking site.

So far, most Eons users don’t seem to be buying it. Taylor says Eons dropped the age gate officially last Tuesday, but didn’t put up a notice about the move—here’s a letter he wrote—until the next day. “And we started getting the comments from people,” he says. That prompted a second notice, “A Message From the Eons Team,” which went up on Thursday. “I had more names called at me, directed toward me, in the last 72 hours than I’ve probably ever had in my life,” Taylor told me. Yet, he says, before the changeover, the “number one complaint at the help desk was ‘I’m a boomer, but you don’t let me in.’” (That from the big batch of boomers born between 1947 and 1964 who haven’t yet hit 50.)

Still, Eons’ two letters together had generated nearly 700 comments by Saturday afternoon. Many of them, Taylor acknowledges, were against the move. “There’s a spirited kind of massive pounding happening at the site right now, which I think is fantastic,” he says, presumably because it means people care deeply about the site. “There’s a passionate group that is angry. You can read the posts. And I think there’s general anxiety about change.”

Here’s a sampling:

“You’ve perpetrated a classic “bait and switch” scheme on all of us baby boomers … your dishonesty is disgusting.”

“Your members were lied to and no matter how you try to present this, it was insulting.”

“Nice try but, no dice. As they say down here in the south, ‘that dog won’t hunt.’”

More than a few were more kind though:

“Change is scary. We love eons and don’t want to be let down. Thanks for letting us know what’s happening.”

“I guess we will wait and see…Eons has been a great venue for Boomers and truly hope it stays that way.”

Despite the criticism, Taylor, a master of salesmanship, is persuasive in defending his cause. But before I dive into a bit more of his thinking, here’s some quick context. As we reported at the time, in September Eons laid off approximately one-third of its staff to focus better on the social networking part of its business.

More details emerged in late October, when I visited the company’s headquarters in the Charlestown Navy Yard for an interview with Taylor. He explained that the expensive original news and feature articles Eons had been producing hadn’t gotten a lot of traction, but that the company had seen phenomenal growth in its user groups, where people met around subjects like “50+ Singles,” “Bookoholics,” and “Growing Old is Mandatory; Growing Up is Optional.” To focus on what was working, he said that the company was spinning off its original bedrock Obits section (we didn’t talk about travel at the time, but it was also being spun off) as a new business—Tributes.com—and that the Eons site would relaunch in January as something like a Facebook or MySpace tailored for the baby boomer crowd. But he didn’t hint at all that the site would remove its age limit, which despite his intended ongoing focus on boomers means at least a partial departure from the core “over 50″ premise behind its creation.

On Saturday, he elaborated further on the changes, saying that over 70 percent of activity on the site was now related to social networking. “The [original] idea that we would have content and portal-wide information really was eclipsed,” he says. Somewhat ironically, Taylors says he focus-grouped social networking before Eons launched—and it wasn’t popular. His theory is that boomers might have started slow, but they are moving quickly to the cutting edge of social networking, “kind of like India skips telephone poles and goes right to wireless.” In his view, there’s “much more awareness about social networks than there was, and it’s encouraged this generation to move faster.”

Unlike sites such as Facebook, which are popular among teens and those in their early 20s as gathering spots for groups who already know each other, Taylor says, “Most people that come to Eons don’t come with their friends.” By removing the age limit, he says, “What I’m trying to do is encourage people in larger groups.”

Taylor says that with some 7 million unique visitors last year, Eons is poised for future success, and that more big changes are afoot to help bring it about. “We have another huge release which is coming out, which is imminent, over the next couple weeks.” He would not elaborate much on the forthcoming changes, only to say that they involve “turning the entire business inside out, so that when you come to the door of Eons.com, you’re actually coming to a social network, and [we're] delivering information about health, finance through the channel–basically through the social network.”

This change will likely be accompanied by the spinning off even more aspects of the original business. Taylor also says the revamping will include a new set of search tools and features designed to enhance social networking.

“The 78 million baby boomers have the ability to redefine social networking,” he says. To the extent that’s true, one looming unknown is whether they will try to do it under the Eons umbrella or somewhere else.

Bob is Xconomy's founder and editor in chief. You can e-mail him at bbuderi@xconomy.com, call him at 617.500.5926. Follow @bbuderi

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  • JulieDee

    Take it from someone who was lured to Eons by the bait of FINALLY being able to have an intellegent conversation wih someone who, when I mention Mr. Greenjeans or Bufflo Bob doesn’t give me the electronic equivalent of a blank stare and NOW finds out that “polls were taken” (where? the dark side of the moon?) and I’m going to have to learn to share with my grandkids! AND I’m supposed to smile and like it!

    The forums Eons has now are going private at light speed and the membership at his cometitors is swelling by the hour.

    Mr. Taylor can take this to the bank… This ol’ country gal knows enough to be sure when someone’s steppd in something wet and nasty, and knows enough to know when it AIN’T on her shoes… no matter WHAT someone else might be trying to tell her.

  • fugitiveartist

    While hundreds, if not thousands, of people have signed onto other boomer oriented sites, eonites are settling down to enjoy the site we already have. Many have one foot out the door and another one in, waiting to see if eons survives. Most people stayed put and are getting back to business. Eons is just better than anything else out there right now.

  • catteyes

    I am one of those who are completely disgusted with Jeff Taylor; it’s been one lie after the other with that turkey. We were surveyed twice, to get our opinion on ‘lowering’ the age; no mention was ever made of lowering it as far as the current 13, and we still gave a resounding NO!! And then we were notified that the change was a done deal, because ‘we wanted it’. BS!! It’s kinda like the Bush administration, JT thinks if he just says something it suddenly becomes the truth. He also claimed they got 4000 new members within the first 2 days; can you spell S-H-I-L-L?

    Has he told ya’ll about the massive numbers that are flocking to other sites? Eons may be technically more advanced than the others, but it grew into that and so can they. I don’t even have one foot in Eons anymore; I have a toe there, while I take the time to convince others to leave. It’s no longer a Boomer site, and that was what drew me. BTW, remember the stink at MySpace (et al) regarding the adult predators mixing with our youngsters? Well what’s the difference here? The problems created by this change are much bigger than a few teens crashing our site, but little thinkers like JT are incapable of seeing the big picture. He just sees his wallet.

  • catteyes

    EONS new logo:
    “Lovin’ Life on the Flip Side of 12.”

  • http://Livintheflipsideofwhat?? Cloudyblue

    Mr. Taylor pushed an ill thought out change on lots of people who are smarter than he thought. The change wouldn’t be so bad, but there are several problems. The lure to join was being for those over 50 not 13. There was a survey to offer guest passes for family members to coordinate family reunions, birthday party’s etc., etc. that was met with a resounding NO WAY! Certain Eons members were asked to volunteer to help newcomers to the site in various ways. A group of us were invited to check out new programming that is to be an upcoming change. None of us knew this change was with the thought of helping teenagers and up get around easier. There have already been teenagers join dating sites and teens being friends with 50 somethings – hello! I have loved being on Eons, it has enriched my life tremendousy and I have made some wonderful friends. I resent this being taken away. I am one of the ones with one foot still at Eons, I am manager of 2 groups, and have been working at developing another site for us because I think there is a real possibility Eons will go belly up!

  • peacesong

    mr taylor says new people are flocking to eons. I did a search of a particular city for the fun of it. found lots of names, no profiles, almost like the telephone book had been scanned in. another lie, showing the folks at eons have not been honest with their cleintelle

  • Danalee

    I have checked out the other senior sites available and like eons’ format much the best! I am waiting to see what happens, like most folks are. Eons has given me a new lease on life and I have made some good friends here! I could see admitting people 30 and over but not younger and especially kids! They have their own sites to go to and who needs ‘em! I thought that this was a place to interact with adults of my own generation, not a lot of brats!

  • BajaHorseLady

    The format and user interface at Eons is superior to the other Boomer sites, but I along with others are outraged at the lowering of the age range to 13 and over. Our generation, Post War Baby Boomers, is strictly those born 1946 – 1964. Now tell me, why didn’t that age range get set in the first place? Why was it only for people over 50? It was kind of a “right of passage” to turn 50 and join Eons, but if the Eons suits had just been honest and included ALL Boomers I don’t think we’d have the split community we have now.

  • http://eons.com Barbara Sullivan

    An ex-Eons Addict – I loved and supported Eons till last week:

    For me the question is not, “Do I stay and tolerate the kids”? The question is, “Why would I want to stay when the reason I joined Eon’s, instead of MySpace or Facebook, was to have a community dedicated to my generation and it’s need, desires and hopes.

    The REAL question is, “Can I make a home in a community that has so little respect for its membership that Eon’s would ask our opinion about lowering the age limit and have a resounding, NO reply from the membership and then have the audacity to tell us, “you have spoken and we have listened, we won’t change the age restrictions.” Then as a slap-in-the-face a few months later without so much as, a front page post with the age restrictions being lowered information from Eons, or with other options offered to us other than lowering the age. The Terms of Use were changed and Eon’s opened the doors to ages 13+. We were given NO options. Why weren’t we asked to pay a monthly fee to keep the site 50+ or to lower the age to 40+ and have a little lower fee? I would have paid and I know others would have paid. Our generation has the money, why wasn’t this option offered to us? Eon’s management lied to us and treated us disrespectfully – like we were too old and dumb to realize the Terms of Use were even changed. They tried to just slip one by us… but it didn’t work. The site exploded with negative comments everywhere as members rushed to make their profiles private and close their groups so new members either couldn’t join or they had to be “approved” or invited to join. Members were writing blogs to post to their profiles and writing on their profiles there fiery comments and the groups exploded with no one writing anything except how horrible this change was and how disrespectfully it was thrust upon us.

    In “real world communities” we are given the opportunity to vote on measures that will affect us. Perhaps in the future laws and legislation will be passed that will require corporations, like Eons to have to allow their community members to vote but sadly, that day has not arrived. Today is the day of the “dictatorship”.

    Here is my analogy of the situation. It is called: Break in at Senior Community Terrorizes Stunned Elders
    One day…not too long ago. I was sitting in my home with a couple of Eon’s friends drinking coffee when the door bell rang and SHOCK the whole world was at my door…WHAT the h@*)!
    I was confused so I started frantically yelling out my front door, “I live in a senior community. Why are all you people at my door??
    I turned to my Eon’s friends, who were standing behind me at the door, and with a look of pure unbelief said to them, “Who ARE all these people?? How did they get in past the community gate guard?
    I heard a mumble from somewhere and replied, WHAT??? The GATE GUARD is gone! No one told me we were NOT a gated community anymore.
    More mumbling… WHAT do you mean!!!, We aren’t a senior community any more, either? But I bought my home HERE because I wanted to live in a senior community. How could this happen?
    I covered my face with my hands and pleadingly said, “Why? Why? …How could this happen? I mean, I wasn’t even notified!!! I turned to my husband, who looked back at me with bewildered eyes, and said, “Honey, quick, go get the Home Owner’s policy, THEY can’t do this!!! Why it’s un-American!”
    Thank God what happens in “virtual community” does not happen in real world America. We need online community laws and legislation to protect our rights. Because at the present time we have no rights!
    Beeblst

  • http://ironyplus.ning.com/ mexicali

    Please. Lowering the age to 13 was only one reason I left eons. eons is the worst social networking site I have seen in all of my many, many years on the net.

    employees send threatening private messages to members and allow the worst hate speech I’ve seen anywhere to flourish as long it is written by eons conservative favorites When people flag posts and complain to eons, they are bullied first, and in some cases, banned. (The hate posts all still there ~ in violation of FCC and eons own terms of use). Most of the bully posts are directed towards women, by the way …. and originate from men.

    employees join their favorite bully groups and deliberately stir up fights directed at progressive groups and promote only members that are either sparkly-muffins-are us groups, or are part of eons inner circle of bullies.

    Many, many of us are boycotting not only eons, but their sponsors. Several people are so unhappy with their treatment, they are sending letters to sponsors with examples of hate treatment and bullying by eons members and employees. Class action? Who knows?

    Lovin’ life on the flip side of puberty, lol. My Kids and Grandkids wouldn’t be caught dead on eons.

    Jeff Taylor is an arrogant, out of touch corporation owner who will eventually turn eons into a “pay for play” site. The largest groups on eons are the geezer sex groups, lol.

    I doubt if Jeff Taylor would allow his Mother or Grandmother to be treated the terrible way many sweet elders have been treated on eons. Shame on you and your staff, Jeff Taylor!!

    Adios to Jeff and his staff of bullies. When eons tanks, it won’t be missed. It’s the connections between members that remain. eons is a blip on cyberspace.

  • amond

    not a GREAT loss….eons as a program concept was fine…but it is the slowest fucking program i have been around…a conversation takes FOREVER to carry on…there have to be other places that are fastr than this glacier-paced turkey

  • Marge Fuller

    Its such a shame to the older folks on eons who enjoy the sites for cooking, baking, crocheting , looming , knitting , having fun(YES, even in our old age)and joking with our eons friends . We enjoy this private times to talk to them over the internet. Then to be told about 13 year olds and older being allowed to join the sites we love to go to just about every day , is totally crazy. What are you people thinking , that we want to baby-sit some one else’s kids and put up with their shanannigans. I don’t think so !!!! Won’t you please take the time to rethink what you are doing to us elders.

  • Jean

    Two comments:
    1) His analogy of a member not being able to invite younger people to Eons (when 50 was the age floor) is akin to saying someone celebrating his 21st birthday should be allowed to Legally invite all his 19 or 20 aged friends to a bar and buy them all a drink. Why create a site designed for those 50 and older, then lower the age to 13 ?? Maybe we should be able to take 13-year olds to bars, too.
    2) When a PERSON or a COMPANY gives their word (they said they’d heard the members who had been polled and did NOT want the age lowered, and Eons Promised to adhere to that) and doesn’t KEEP it … it shows a total lack of Integrity, and lack of Honesty. I don’t chose to do business with those who demonstrate that they haven’t any Integrity!

  • Whatabookworm

    My membership on Eons was prompted by the late-night promos on TV about a site for folk over 50. Aha, at last someone realised they were missing the boat by not tapping into a market rich with people who can still appreciate the things of the past and continue to live happily with life now. The opportunity to make new friends was particularly attractive since, due to health reasons, I am homebound a great portion of the time. Outings normally consist of doctor’s visits, a quick trip to the pharmacy, and rare stops at friends or familes’ homes.

    Having met in person one of the staff at Eons, my impression was that Eons was indeed the place for us to share memories, gain frienships, and learn new things. I even agreed to help with a group which had been floundering and have turned it around to a viable site. My group’s members were shocked at the turn of events and most adamant about restricting our group to those who did not require an explanation of something alluded to in an article. The Eons employee who managed the group when I initially joined it left Eons on his own for a different position. Guess he saw the writing on the wall.

    Mr. Taylor’s actions are nothing short of reprehensible. The over 50 crowd does not begrudge any business or businessman the opportunity to make a living or a profit. However, we are perhaps the last generation which still believes in the importance of honesty and integrity. Younger generations, besides their general education being greatly diminished from earlier ones, neither seem to know or care what those words mean or for what they stand.

    To quote, I believe, Judge Judy Sheinlin (sp?) “Don’t pee down my leg and tell me it’s raining”. Had Mr. Taylor remained true to his word and also used a bit more brain power, he would have been able to generate more money. His advertisement staff fell short when it comes to common sense and creativity. Why not get advertisers that members will actually utilise? Let’s see, many of us own pets – why not ads for pet products? The industry will tell you, happily, how many millions are spent each year on pets.

    Gee, one group was mentioned, “Bookaholics”, wonder if an advertiser like Borders might be of interest to them?

    Many Eonites enjoy music of all sorts so stands to reason there would be a market for music product companies.

    And, let’s get real. Eons is a computer site, is it not? Where do all the Eonites buy their computers and accessories? That market alone should yield lots of moolah.

    So, JT, perhaps you couldn’t utilise your won site. Doesn’t mean you can’t use your brain cells and at least imagine what we might be interested in buying.

  • http://Eons.com Petlovraz

    I’m one of the people in the 50+ age group who has enjoyed Eons for close to 1 year. I have many friends on the site and I intend to continue on the website networking with these friends. I don’t honestly like the age change nor the way it was presented to us. Still, I want Eons to succeed. No other social networking site provideds me with the enjoyment that Eons does. Change is the only constant in life and Eons has changed. It’s my sincere hope the change brings about a better website, not the downfall of a good site. Speaking of change…let’s have a better slogan than “Living On The Flip Side”. Makes no sense anymore.

  • http://Eons.com Petlovraz

    I’m one of the people in the 50+ age group who has enjoyed Eons for close to 1 year. I have many friends on the site and I intend to continue on the website networking with these friends. I don’t honestly like the age change nor the way it was presented to us. Still, I want Eons to succeed. No other social networking site provides me with the enjoyment that Eons does. Change is the only constant in life and Eons has changed. It’s my sincere hope the change brings about a better website, not the downfall of a good site. Speaking of change…let’s have a better slogan than “Living On The Flip Side”. Makes no sense anymore.

  • wannabentenn

    I think Jeff is related to George W. Bush……

  • Plus55

    EONS top 4 FAUX PAS.
    Unfortunately—EONS management has NOT paid attention to EONS advisors. Top 4 blunders:

    4 EONS management chose to wisely rename Obits to Tributes—but to try and spin it off on its own?
    If you can’t get enough traffic on EONS to attract sponsors—why would you think dead people and undertakers is a worthwhile venture. At a time when EONS was laying off and struggling for resources—BOD should have been ashamed for supporting that diversion!

    3 EONS came out of the gate with a site dedicated to Boomers (born 46-64) and foolishly did not even let the tailwind boomers in as they restricted age to 49—even forcing their founder and many of his staff to not qualify—which meant they had to be trolls w/false profiles to even participate. Not good for blogs that would have been great PR.

    2- EONS unilaterally decided to lower the age – and Totally ignored their inputs from members on Advisors and every other group discussing it. Simply a MAJOR PR Disaster. Poorly thought out decision. Not only alienated their members, but risks upsetting their handful of paying sponsors – who signed contracts believing they were targeting BOOMERS! And they did this thinking they would actually increase traffic w/younger generations– who not only have dozens of social sites they prefer to be on – but the little traffic impact would be so insignificant on analytics sites such as Alexa—that it would be hard to justify any other sponsors. In fact, they only drew attention to how poorly their execution was going and thus hurt their chances with sponsors of this demographic—let alone any XY gen targeted advertising. Techcrunch finally got wind of it and rightfully crucified them!!!

    As a CEO of an Internet marketing company, I can understand their need to attract more traffic and sponsors, but you never bite the hand that raised you or feeds you. In December ’07, I personally sent a cover letter to Jeff’s number 2 exec with a handful of hints/suggestions to attract more seniors, create 1099 jobs and additional income for them, and more importantly a way to get 24 million small businesses to want to advertise on EONS… I also stated I was a passionate member who followed EONS since their funding was announced and would be happy to meet with them and discuss product development ideas. The letter (e-mail) was read, unfortunately no response – not out of executive courtesy or even curiosity for how they could improve revenue. Oversight? Perhaps. But I’ll never know and they’ll never know how they could have helped increase business.

    1-But the number one FAUX PAS for EONS management— simply not recognizing that smart companies take advantage of PR disasters by reacting quickly and genuinely. THEY NEED TO APOLOGIZE to their members… Admit they screwed up! Put age limit back to just born after 1964. Create good press and offer more substance and opportunity to boomers to make this a sticky site. Even Zuckerman, CEO of Facebook new enough to apologize for selling out his members to advertisers (and finally gave them a way to opt out).

    Facebook steps up and admits mistakes:
    view link

    PR disasters—and the lesson learned:
    view link

    You know how I feel and how it echoes so many other members… And we’ll pay attention to how EONS handles this as an opportunity to grow or shrink. People will wait a little while longer –then vote with their browsers and their fingers.

    posted by plus55
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    Excellent post. I agree with everything said. I especially want to reiterate that an apology goes a long way. Mr Taylor was very condescending in his statement. I felt like I was simply reading a Mission Statement. It was also never explained how a 14 yr old can be defined as a boomer; or did I miss something?

    I like many will stay here at Eons. .. My friendships must unfortunately override my principles.

    posted by tbubbette
    7 days ago I hope that the powers to be listen to you. No one can be that important,not to listen to suggestions
    posted by shoeshoe
    7 days ago I agree that an apology would help relations with members, but how would he apologize without giving another reason for the decision? And how would that sit with investors and advertisers?

    Now that I have read the Techcrunch article, I also feel sorry for the Eons staff who lost their jobs, especially since it seems that many of the staff were older too. I know how hard it can be for an older person to find a new job, especially in the technology field.
    posted by webserf
    7 days ago Webserf,
    Fair questions. How do they admit it and explain to investors:

    1- they need to face reality– they have the largest niche and demographics — and they need to reach out to those sponsors and many others who will benefit–local not just national advertisers.

    2- they MUST smooth relations with their present members

    Last, it will take a shrewd CEO to convince his investors (who were no doubt part of this misstep) that they screwed up and can actually turn this into GREAT press — and ultimately attract more members, and sponsors instead of scaring them off– which is what they managed to do.

    They are already the joke of young people and their unforgiving blogosphere of pundits… so they have little chance of attracting them.

    Two things kill social sites—- poor traffic and poor reviews/perceptions.

    I personally would not have taken such a desperate gamble. Its like admitting failure and playing Texas holdem — all in– for one last bet.

    I love EONS and hope I’m wrong.
    Only time will tell. But the longer they wait– the more they lose the chance of capitalizing on good PR vs BAD PR.

    posted by plus55

  • T_ski

    This made it much easier to close my account with Eons. Most of my friends have left anyway.

    Jeff Taylor, teenagers world-wide are laughing at you.

    “Taylor says Eons dropped the age gate officially last Tuesday, but didn’t put up a notice about the move.” That was a serious and costly mistake on your part, Mr Taylor.

    Dear Mr Taylor,
    Here’s a quarter. Buy a clue.

    ~ T_ski

  • http://ironyplus.ning.com Dasi

    Eons is a sinking ship that is trying to delude the public and investors into thinking it’s still doing well. Most of the posts have been recyled old ones from two months ago. People, such as myself, are counted among the members even though I haven’t been a member since before this fiasco started. My gripe has nothing to do with the age change (although, admittedly, they did handle it poorly and tried to cover it up by banning me and others who suspected things were going downhill), but the fact that their own employees were bullying and censoring members while allowing other bullies to intimidate and harass other members. People who had anything negative to say were deleted, threads were halted, and the bullies (among them several eons employees) became arrogant and hostile. They did me a favor since my husband (also a member) and I started a group on another site (for free…no investment except for time). Other members followed us (and eons continues to pretend they are still on their membership roster even though they took their photos off… they simply replaced their head with a basketball). We have more activity and fun in the new group than they currently have in the ghost town that was once eons. I don’t even see any young people there except for a few sockpuppets. A sucker is born every day! Jeff can deceive the investors and new members, but eventually the truth will surface.

  • T_ski

    Eons: Lovin’ life on the flip side of puberty.

    What a joke.

  • Morbuck

    I have been a member of Eons for one year. I was happy to find a site that catered to my age group that was not a dating site. I enjoyed communicating with my peers from all over the USA. I was certainly dismayed by the shenanigans of Jeff Taylor, his lying and his breach of trust. I partially left Eons and joined two other senior sites, Seniorocity.com and IronyPlus.com. I kept dual citizenship with Eons to see how the new policies would pan out. I finally left Eons today when I learned that someone I admired, a group leader, was removed from Eons for no good reason, no TOU breach at all. Most of the people I am familiar with are already on one or more of the other sites so I still have the sense of community that I enjoyed on Eons. I will not return there.

  • ‘Belle

    “1947 and 1964″, …..
    why does the “BOOMER” birthyear keep creeping upwards??
    The term Boomer came into being when so many babies were born during and just after World War 2, which was in the 1940′s.
    So how come people born in the 50′s or 60′s qualify as BOOMERS now?

    I really enjoy friendships with the younger generations at myspace but I got disgusted with MYspace being tampered with.
    I searched for a site of my peers my age which i found at Eons and was soooo excited about.

    I agree with some of these others, no matter how wonderful the friendships are with other generations, there’s just something special about one’s peers and the things we have in common.
    One of the reasons i liked Eons was because everyone was around my age, i didn’t have to waste alot of time searching for them (as i have had to do at myspace).

    I agree this is ‘bait & switch’ and i feel cheated.

    The idea that Eons would even THINK about changing the age limit is unacceptable to me.
    Of course it’s their perogative, but it’s also my perogative to leave.