MySpace vs. Facebook
Levinson on Facebook actually started out as a MySpace vs. Facebook debate which seemed pointless to me. Maybe three years ago when this book was written this question was useful.
How many of you have ever had a MySpace account? I have not. One possibility for my disinterest in MySpace is Levinson’s idea “that what people most prefer is what they first encountered and loved.” Seems like a biased unuseful idea. Why does it seem like Levinson is bragging about being one of the first people on Facebook because of his .edu email address?
Levinson says ” whatever their objective differences and advantages, their ultimate value is he good they do for each indivisual user’s needs.” Check. Why does it seem like Levinson is trying to justify MySpace in this section. Because this is how he describes his experience on MySpace, “I feel as if we are part of a community — one that comments on political issues, on television shows and movies we have seen — a community even though, with just a handful of exceptions, we have never met.” I think his experience is irregular.
“Facebook has a much higher ratio of real-life friends than does MySpace.”
Levinson has 2,000 friends on Facebook and has real life relationships with 500 of them.
Levinson has 6,000 friends on MySpace and knows 100 of them.
Facebook Friends as a Knowledge-Base Resource
Levinson points out that both MySpace and Facebook have “status bars” and that Facebook is great for finding answers to questions that you couldn’t find on the web. I rarely ask a question on Facebook but this is what Levinson has experienced.
Facebook Friends as Real-Time Knowledge Resources
Levinson could just say in one sentence that because of new new media you can receive your knowledge in real-time and that this information should be checked and corrected if need be. But then we wouldn’t be able to get another personal story.
Facebook Groups as Social and Political Forces
Guess what? “MySpace and Facebook both have “groups.”
The Facebook Group for Barack Obama, “One Million Strong” was a political forced
Levinson also created a Facebook Group.
Facebook as Myriad Local Political Pubs
You can have political discussions on Facebook that don’t have to end when you leave the pub.
Meeting Online Friends in the Real World
Meet them in a safe and public place. Levinson was found that they are often just like their online personalities, hoow great.
Connecting with Old Friends Online
Isn’t great that random people from your past can track you down?
Protection for the “Hidden Dimension”: Cleaning Up Your Online Pages
Basically if its not something you want your Grandma or potential employer to see don’t put it on there to begin with.
Photos for Breastfeeding Banned on Facebook
This happened when Facebook was trying to ensure that there was no pornographic photos on its site. People were upset but only the breastfeeding photos that showed the areola were banned.
This chapter was about Facebook and Paul Levinson and how Paul uses Facebook and MySpace differently.