1st Post on Week 7















SOCIAL NETWORKS

FACEBOOK VS MYSPACE

On this week, our task is to look for two kinds of different social networks and find out not only the comparison, but the aspects that tie them as well. This is such an interesting task to me as social network nowadays has been something that people, especially young ones crave for. Since more and more people are talking about Facebook, I rather chose this social network for the information about it are so many to be figured out, whereas MySpace, on the other hand, has its very own specialties and weaknesses. Down here, I’ve prepared some similarities and dissimilarities between these two social networks based on my findings.


Similarities

1. Feature

Both Facebook and MySpace create the same feature to make posting pictures easier. Myspace has been introducing "tagging' mates online onto pictures quite recently which has been done by Facebook before. Besides, Myspace has also created the "News Feed" feature, in which friends can see any updates make by their other friends on the sites, just like Facebook had. In addition, the signing page for both Facebook and MySpace is closely similar to each other.

2. Navigation

The navigation for both social network are decent, even though I believe many people would probably prefer Facebook than MySpace for it superior search in obtaining the specific people's profiles.

3. Messaging

Users are able to leave their messages to their friends in the profile and make use of the basic mail systems if they have either Facebook or MySpace account.

4. Community

Groups are available in both sites, even though Facebook seems to develop bigger groups as the preference of it among internet users is higher than MySpace does.

5. Design

The site's organization for both social networks look well-prepared as the layout are being nicely organized . Furthermore, both sites' customization enables users to do whatever they wish to do, from adding to removing application.

6. Media

Uploading, embedding and posting videos, as well as the tool like flash players which can be utilized by both sites' users make them even more enjoyable. Thus, the meaning of sharing is applicable through these social networks. Not only videos can be posted to others, but also pictures, songs, and many other means of media can be shared through Facebook and Myspace accounts.


Differences

1. Information

Facebook - Users need not to put in so many information as it is one’s option whether to put in his information or not.

MySpace - Users are prompted for more details as they can write such a great deal of information in their profiles.

2. Privacy

Facebook - Since it was originally created for Harvard students, it tend to be more private. The proof is, in order to view someone’s picture profile or many other information, we need to ask for permission.

MySpace - Open to as many visitors as possible due to its target, that is, having a bigger target groups. To avoid other people from viewing our information, we need to change it in the setting. Thus, our privacy as users is not protected.

3. Comunity

Facebook - Usually, buddies that we add are those who we recognize. Meaning to say that they are our real friends.

MySpace - Seems to be like a contest as everyone is trying to have the most friends regardless their previous relationship.

4. Keeping tracts of What's New

Facebook - Has a couple of feeds, which one of them is for telling others our updates, whereas the other one is for telling us our mates’ updates.

MySpace - In order to know if a friend add something new on his profile or to know that we have a new friend, we need to look for the information or the person himself.

5. Finding Old Friends

Facebook - Emphasizes on school and location. Therefore, looking for old buddies will be easier.

MySpace - Does not put the emphasis on real friendship, even though it let users to seek for old friends.

6. Social Networking Etiquette

Facebook - So far, the act of spamming is less done, so it provides safety for users.

MySpace - Spam messages are often intrude in users’ accounts.

My Preference

Honestly, I do not have neither Facebook nor MySpace account so far. But when I look at the environment of socializing among youngsters these days due to social networking (Facebook, with no doubt, the famous one), I was excited to find out any related information that can be compared between Facebook and MySpace, and not to forget their simmilarities.

Nevertheless, if I were to choose between the two social networks, I would probably sign in to Facebook rather than MySpace because of the privacy it brings about and the ease of looking for friends we have long not keep in touch with.

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