Sunday, January 29, 2012

Reading Implications of User Choice: The Cultural Logic of “MySpace or Facebook?” By Danah boyd, actually surprised me. It was surprising how many of the students she interviewed thought about the different socio-economic classes, and which would go to which specific social website. I think it surprised me because when I did the switch from facebook to myspace it was mainly because the majority of my friends went to facebook. Actually, I was one of the last people from my group of friends to get one, I at first refused to get a facebook because I hated that you couldn't personalize it, and it was all the same. Also because I knew how to work around Myspace, and I didn't want to learn how to use a new social website. But when I saw that more of my friends rarely went on Myspace, and I needed to talk to them, I just decided to go to facebook. I never really thought about what group decided to stay on myspace and what group decided to go to facebook. Personally, I find it rather inane that many believed Facebook was classier than Myspace, it's just a social website, where you interact. Although I can see where they may believe that facebook was classier, in a sense. Because more adults used facebook, just like adults used myspace in the beginning. But as both websites became popular, they got a wide variety of users from different ages. But in the end, they both served a common purpose: you found old friends through these websites that would take a long time with a different method, and it kept/keeps people in touch. 

As a facebook user, I have my facebook designed with pictures from church events or from when I hang out with friends, because I'm the one who always takes the pictures, so I just have that there. After re-activating it during winterbreak, I hardly update my status anymore. I would de-activate it again, but because I have family in El Salvador that uses facebook, I keep it just to talk to them. I just feel like it's a little less personal, and I just got bored of facebook, I guess that's why I just don't use it as much and I try not to post as much personal stuff on there. When I did deactivate it, I deactivated it because it did take a lot of my time out of school work. It was between deleting my facebook, or deleting my Tumblr. I chose to de-activate facebook instead, because I would spend more time on there than on any other website. Another reason being that I needed to focus on school more, I deactivated it a month before finals began, I believe that helped me a little bit. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

"Be it true or false, what is said about men often has as much influence upon their lives, and especially upon their destinies, as what they do."- Victor Hugo, Les Miserables