Facebook, MySpace, and Class Divisions

Social networking researcher Danah Boyd has just published a fascinating essay called “Viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace“. In it, she explains how at least among teenagers, the two largest social networking sites are becoming more and more divided by social class. I’ll let you read it to find out what Danah says is going on, and what it might mean.

I’ll just say this: From my experiences, her research is dead-on.

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  1. It’s got more to do with actual “networking” and conversations among friends (Facebook) than “loud-mouth”-“jerkass” “webpages” (MySpace)…I hate MySpace…

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