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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Facebook v. MySpace

Ok, so at the insistence of my sister and some friends I got a Facebook account. I had been resisting because of my feelings about MySpace.

For your consideration here are those feelings:
  1. It's ghetto as fuck
  2. Everyone is 18
  3. Or naked
  4. Or both
  5. User customizable CSS templates does not = good
  6. Usability? What? Huh? OMG THE GOGGLES! THEY DO NOTHING!
Compare that with Facebook:
  1. 100% less ghetto
  2. Many people are young, but there are tons who are not
  3. I have not been confronted with anything more than a bathing suit shot (It's not the naked that bothers me per se, its the "of course I just want to be your friend, oh did I mention my porn site?"thing)
  4. One template. One look. It's pretty. Much AJAX. Yay!
  5. I can find things. It doesn't burn my eyes. Soothing!
  6. They might go into music hosting/band pimping. Wanna bet they do it better than Myspace?

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At 9:15 p.m., Blogger AJ said...

Yeah, it's been the facebook ¬°el grande explosion! chez moi as well. Like, people I actually know and went to school with, and am actually glad to get in touch with.

casual subjective observation: facebook's demographic skews older and generally waspier / establishment-family-y, unlike friendster which is now a huge hit in the philippines, or similarly orkut becoming totally brazilian. not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's interesting from a sociodemographic perspective.

Featurewise, It seems to have what the old friendster couldn't quite figure out (i.e. layout and tools that people actually use) plus a lot of the nice features of linkedin. it makes sense.

At 10:37 a.m., Blogger Cameron Campbell said...

I'm not sure it's waspy in so much as it's self selecting based on education, unless you're saying waspy as short-hand for middle class (or middle class values/presenting).


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