A NYT headline says half of all American adults have Facebook accounts . Twitter-like valuations are leading to tech bubble denials. Social networks, we are told, led to the Egyptian revolution .
Except, I don't see it here among school parents, sports team families, tech company colleagues, and upper-middle-class neighbors.
True, I live in the midwest, but by all metrics Minneapolis is a snowier version of Seattle-Portland. If not here, then where?
I don't see feed readers in use outside our home . Almost nobody subscribes to calendar feeds. Very few of my sample  use Twitter. Most of my friends who once used Facebook have stopped posting or even reading. Even texting isn't universal. Everyone has 1-2 email addresses and can use Google, but that's as far as it goes. Forget Foursquare.
I see more iPhones every day, but they're not used for location services, pub/sub (feeds) or even Facebook's user-friendly pub/sub. Around here iPhone communication change has been limited to faster email responses.
There is change of course, but it lags about 5-10 years behind the media memes. Dial-up connections are mostly gone, though I still see AOL addresses . Texting is becoming common. Old school email is now universal, though many (unwisely) still use office email for personal messaging.
It's frustrating for me; all of the school, sport, community organization and even corporate collaboration projects I work with would go better with pub/sub in particular. I've learned the hard way to dial back my expectations, and to focus on 1990s tech.
So is Minneapolis - St. Paul strangely stuck in the dark ages? Or is there a gulf between the media portrayal of American tech use and reality -- a gulf that will lead to a big fleecing when Facebook goes public?
My money is on the fleecing - and a faint echo of the 90s .com bubble.
 The same nearly-free-to-all worldwide communication network that Al Qaeda used effectively in 1999-2000 is now celebrated by us for its benefits in Egypt. Technology has no values, only value.
 I assume about half those are dial-up.
 Google Reader is astounding. Just astounding. Nobody mentions this, everyone talks about Twitter (not useless, but weak). Weird.
 Not actually using FB mind you, just have accounts.
 Ages 8-80.
Update: An hour after I posted this I thought of one remarkable exception: LinkedIn. Unlike Facebook, LinkedIn has a non-predatory business model. They have been relatively careful not to infuriate their users. LinkedIn continues to grow, and I don't see any true attrition. It will be interesting to compare their valuation to Facebook's.