Friday, September 28, 2007

Week 6 - 12. Explore MySpace and Facebook

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I'm sure you have heard of MySpace, and not necessarily in a positive light. Recently, MySpace has appeared in the news for all the wrong reasons.

MySpace is an organised space that allows you to personalise your interests and activities on the Web. You can browse, search, invite friends to connect and interact, share film reviews, make comments, post mail and blog entries, view videos, post classified ads and much more. It has also gone mobile.

MySpace is an incredibly popular communication tool amongst teenagers, and libraries have begun using MySpace to market to their teenaged patrons. Despite controversy over the issue, the use of creating Library spaces in MySpace is really taking off. Read through the Discovery Resources links below to get an idea of what different libraries are doing in MySpace and what librarians are saying about MySpace!

MySpace is busier than Google, with reports showing that it gets between two and three times Google's daily traffic. Over 150,000 new MySpace accounts are created daily, so its capacity to each a wide audience is mind-boggling.

Discovery Resources

Tasks

In your blog, answer the following questions:

  1. View several library MySpace pages and examine their content. How are they using MySpace?
  2. List the useful headings on these pages that you feel would be of benefit to your own Library MySpace.
  3. Does Deakin or Swinburne University already have any MySpace pages?

Facebook

Facebook is a social networking web site that connects people with others. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.

Originally, the membership was restricted to students of Harvard University but since 2006 it has been open to all email addresses. Users can select to join one or more participating networks, such as a school, place of employment, or geographic region.

In June 2007, Facebook was ranked in the top 10–20 web sites and was the number one site for photos in the United States, ahead of public sites such as Flickr, with over 8.5 million photos uploaded daily. It is also the seventh most visited site in the United States. Time magazine reported in its 3 September 2007 issue that Facebook's fastest growing demographic consists of people 35 years or over.

The name, Facebook, refers to the paper facebooks depicting members of the campus community that US colleges and preparatory schools give to incoming students, faculty, and staff.

Discovery Resources

NB: Please note that Facebook has only been released to the "general public" recently. Although some of the following resources state that facebook is only available to students registered at certain colleges, this statement is no longer correct.

Tasks

  1. Go to Facebook and register. Check out this tutorial for assistance on how to join.
  2. Edit your Profile
  3. Search for a person you work with. See if you can find them and add them as your friend.
  4. Add yourself to the Deakin University or Swinburne University Network.

3 comments:

Kat said...

Did you know that due to Facebook, HSBC in the UK had to reverse a fee increase to college loans. Check out the article at the Guardian.

People power :)

lonnie said...

Hi Kat,

Trying to contact someone on myspace but they have a private profile. Is it possible to send this person a message. I don't actually have their current email address so I can't invite them. So, do you know how I'm able to make contact with them through myspace.

Thanks

Kat said...

lonnie - i haven't got a clue :) I don't actually use mypsace, but I asked someone who does and they said if you don't know their current email address there isn't a way to contact them through myspace if their profile is private :(

I also did a google search on the question and I got the same answer.