Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Task 10-- Explore MySpace.com
MySpace.com would appeal to many people, as it’s almost “one-stop shopping”—email, blogging, instant messaging, videos, etc. I think there's great potential for use by YA librarians and teens, as Ali has recognized: http://www.myspace.com/pvldteens
You can only add MySpace members (or people who are willing to become members) to your friends list. On at least one page I looked at, the person said she would deny friend requests unless she knew the person.
My step-son and niece put me on their friends lists; I was sweating that for a while. And Ellen DeGeneres said I could be one of her 34,516 friends. Some Hollywood types are as authentic as they appear. And I've had others send me friends requests. Now that could give a guy a swelled head.
The URL for my MySpace account: http://www.myspace.com/158479350
The default setting for age is 18-35. I guess I know when I’m not wanted! Seriously, though, there’s a definite demographic profile that's being reached out to, not only because of this, but because of the ads.
While older people are members of MySpace, I really can’t see that all that many older persons would be interested in it. The MySpace kind of social networking definitely appeals to younger persons, providing access, connections, privacy of a sort-- in short, freedom. We know from news headlines about the “pitfalls” of such sites, although apparently MySpace is attempting to police itself more carefully.