http://www.newsweek.com/id/32660/page/1

In a Newsweek article on the differences between Facebook and MySpace, Danah Boyd, a researcher at the Berkeley School of Information, suggests social class is the main determining factor in aligning with Facebook versus MySpace. Her research on online behavior reveals that MySpace is the “preferred digital hangout for outsiders—burnouts, punks, emos, Goths and gangstas,” as well as for “Hispanic and immigrant teens.”  Boyd suggests that middle and upper class teenagers generally gravitate towards Facebook, which was originally created at Harvard.

The creators of MySpace rejected these classifications; they claimed many people are actually users of both sites and further MySpace is more widespread with 70 million users, whereas Facebook has around 28 million. The MySpace advantage is the freedom to design one’s own page, whereas Facebook’s “more-stringent template enforces a spartan design ethic.”  Question Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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Do you believe that a person's preference for MySpace or Facebook is indicative of their social class?
http://www.newsweek.com/id/32660/pa...

In a Newsweek article on the differences between Facebook and MySpace, Danah Boyd, a researcher at the Berkeley School of Information, suggests social class is the main determining factor in aligning with Facebook versus MySpace. Her research on online behavior reveals that MySpace is the “preferred digital hangout for outsiders—burnouts, punks, emos, Goths and gangstas,” as well as for “Hispanic and immigrant teens.” Boyd suggests that middle and upper class teenagers generally gravitate towards Facebook, which was originally created at Harvard.

The creators of MySpace rejected these classifications; they claimed many people are actually users of both sites and further MySpace is more widespread with 70 million users, whereas Facebook has around 28 million. The MySpace advantage is the freedom to design one’s own page, whereas Facebook’s “more-stringent template enforces a spartan design ethic.”


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10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 12/30/08 - 8:11:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
i dont use any, im too good for it
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 12/30/08 - 8:20:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
Myspace is for whining teens, imho...
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 12/30/08 - 10:35:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
I deleted my myspace account because i don't want to be associated with those whoring teenagers or emos on it
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 12/30/08 - 4:09:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 12/30/08 - 8:11:11 AM H3LLRAISER wrote:
i dont use any, im too good for it


You are the worst person to ever live.
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 12/30/08 - 4:30:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 12/30/08 - 8:11:11 AM H3LLRAISER wrote:
i dont use any, im not good enough for it

fixed
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 12/31/08 - 1:18:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 12/30/08 - 8:20:15 AM sander wrote:
Myspace is for whining teens, imho...


yeah..I always thought facebook was for an older crowd..
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 12/31/08 - 1:28:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't use either...what does that say about my social class?
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 12/31/08 - 1:30:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
I use both, but mainly facebook.
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 12/31/08 - 5:12:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
I have a facebook.
I don't know about those statistics, though.
I don't disagree with them.
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 12/31/08 - 5:15:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
I use both because they were the only ways I could get in contact with my friends; I didn't have a cell phone until about a year ago. To be honest, I kind of agree with the statistics overall, but I don't fit into any of those categories, so they obviously aren't always accurate.
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 12/31/08 - 6:06:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. Besides, what if they have both? Like me.
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 1/1/09 - 12:38:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
Not necessarily, but it does seem to be relatively true for the people at my school.
10 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 2/24/09 - 7:06:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
i don't like facebook and i'm afraid of getting raped on myspace
10 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 2/24/09 - 7:09:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
I just recently got a facebook to stay in touch with my friends from my last job, most of them being in their 30's and 40's. I like it. It seems to be geared toward an older crowd.
10 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 2/25/09 - 11:07:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 12/30/08 - 8:11:11 AM H3LLRAISER wrote:
i dont use any, im too good for it
On Tuesday 12/30/08 - 4:09:21 PM kickass9 wrote:
You are the worst person to ever live.

nerd
10 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 4/23/09 - 4:26:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
"burnouts, punks, emos, Goths and gangstas"
Lot's of them on Facebook too (Me, for one).
The most obvious methodological error is grouping these widely different categories together.



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