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Class and Facebook/Myspace

June 25, 2007

Danah Boyd, one of the few social scientists working in the networking sites field, has just published a very interesting paper. Click here to read. Her findings are that Facebook has become the site for affluent kids looking towards college and that Myspace has become the site of choice for lower social economic members and kids who are “outside” the standard High School paradigm. She notes that even in the military the enlisted men use Myspace while the officers tend towards Facebook: and you can guess which one the brass has tried to ban. Fascinating stuff, to be sure.

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  1. Scoobs permalink
    June 25, 2007 2:28 pm

    Cool “article”. The military aspect and reasons for banning MySpace was rather interesting. I think MySpace being more popular in larger cities makes sense. Cities tend to have the most amount of diversity and people wanting to express themselves. Facebook, really doesn’t allow for personal expression like MySpace does. That being said, FB started introducing features that allow users to “customize” their page which provide a more MS feel. FB also ins’t as user friendly in terms of growing your network of “friends”. Because of that it makes perfect sense that the author found kids trying desperately to get into facebook. It presents itself as more elitist – something that diverse teens aren’t always trying to become.

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