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Facebook vs. MySpace: my views on Social Networking sites

Posted by on August 5, 2007

Like my husband, I’m a bit sick of having to constantly join different social networking sites, continually repeating myself when creating the ever-new and ever-the-same profile. We met on OkCupid, which is a rather small “social networking” type web site compared to the likes of MySpace, Facebook and even Orkut (which is Google’s contribution to social networking). I have profiles on all of these, plus others that I can’t even be bothered naming because I don’t even go there anyway.

Facebook is the most recent social networking site I have signed up to, and I think I’m slowly becoming addicted to it. I only signed up to MySpace because it was the only way to get in touch with some people I haven’t seen or spoken to in years, but it’s so poorly designed, I prefer not to go there. Facebook, on the other hand, is far better designed, particularly with the applications, and also in that you can’t modify the style of the page. I kind of got sick of opening profiles on MySpace and not being able to read anything because people want to use external sites to modify the look to make it more “personal” – you guys aren’t web designers; it looks crap.

I’ve been busy over the past few days personalising my Facebook profile, which can’t be viewed unless you’re registered and a) in my friends network or b) in the Australia network. Another thing I like about Facebook is that it doesn’t seem to be as much about getting as many friends as you can, even if you’ve never met the person, as MySpace is. In my friend network of 26, I have met all but 4 in person, and of those 4, I’ve at least spoken to them online or in emails. I point this out also because I’m not posting the link to my profile because I want people I don’t know to add me to their network, but in case there are people I do know on there who wish to add me, or if people I know aren’t already members, know where to find me.

Finally, a social networking site I can respect.

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Dominica has a strong interest in exploring diversity in media, seeing people subverting corporate control of creativity through crowdfunding and indie publishing, and spending as much time as she can travelling the world and discovering culture. This is what she most regularly blogs about. In her spare time, Dominica is primarily focused on long-form improv theatre, and writing and publishing speculative fiction. You can find links to some of her free and published stories and screenplays on her writing page, or check out her pirate time-travel novel Adrift. Though born and raised in Australia to American parents, Dominica lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, between 2008-2014, until she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. She also has a background in web programming, filmmaking, and stand-up comedy. For more information, check out her about page, or any of the specific pages about her various creative pursuits in the links at the top of the page.

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