Thursday, January 26, 2012

Facebook VS Myspace

After reading "Implications of User Choice: The Cultural Logic of “MySpace or Facebook?” by Danah Boyd I didn't really think his claims about the "ghettoization" of Myspace and the “classier” Facebook really did exist. When I used to have a Myspace of course things were different but I also believe that people may have the assumption that it was a “ghettoization” because many of the users were barely becoming teenagers, while Facebook was barely getting started. Just like stated in the article, “The desirability of the site spread from people who were heading to college” this is what made Facebook in the beginning a different look to it. However, when I did switch to Facebook, it had a different style to it than Myspace. Also, I felt that on Myspace you had more chances in making your profile more “you” with being able to create your top friends, having music and a background.
 The reason why I did switch to a Facebook is simple, I was getting tired of kids getting a Myspace younger and younger, and I thought Facebook was going to be different, but that’s not the case because kids are starting to go into Facebook due to other friends and siblings. I only have certain information on my Facebook because I feel like privacy is a big thing; I don’t need everyone knowing where I live and my every move. Also, I have plenty of photos of my family because I do have family as friends on Facebook that live far away, so it’s a great way to be able to communicate with one another. Though this may have been a big move, going from Myspace to Facebook, I believe that the moves of social networks are going to start coming about and as they do, so are the people. First they may start by trying it out but there will most likely be another situation in which people try to find the difference between a “Myspace” and “Facebook.” Not to mention that as soon as one of our friends find a new social network, time will only tell of how fast everyone will rush to be in it.   

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting perspective about the age of users versus their socioeconomic class. I do remember how easy it was to customize the page. Do you think that all the silly customizations (glitter backgrounds, songs, different fonts) became a turn-off to some users who preferred the cleaner look of Facebook?

    Also, think abut Boyd's notion that Facebook was once exclusive to Harvard before branching out to other Ivy League schools and then the public. Remember that to be exclusive means to exclude others. To me, this sounds like the forbidden fruit argument, wanting what you cannot have. No one can say for sure if there was a "White Flight" from one network to another, but the reason why this theory exists is due to the undeniable fact that mostly whites attend Ivy League colleges. In a sense, they were the ones starting the conversion, and everyone followed.