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I started to agree with you but then remember text messages. Older people often complained about younger people sending such cryptic messages with all kinds of short-hand over extremely-limited bandwidth of text. Even had delays in the network they got used to. This repeated with Twitter minus the huge delays.

So, I think they could use it if you gave them a limited interface with a popup like "Warning: This connection is slower than dial-up. Send messages frugally like on text messaging. If images, send tiny and compressed ones with lower, quality settings. Don't even think about video. Delays in responses could occur at any time."

I figure they'd get the idea and adjust.

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