Does your social class determine your online social network?

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    Oct 18, 2009 3:14 AM GMT
    I found an interesting story about how social class relates to major social networking websites.

    Check it out for more details and let me know what you think

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science/10/13/social.networking.class/
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    Oct 20, 2009 6:50 AM GMT
    That was pretty interesting. Thank you for that.
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    Oct 20, 2009 2:00 PM GMT


    hmm...interesting read, that. We fall squarely into the cracks though. Our visceral life social network is mostly straight right now. Our virtual network isn't.

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    Oct 22, 2009 5:01 AM GMT
    Soulasphyxi saidThat was pretty interesting. Thank you for that.
    your welcome soulasphyxi. I wish more people would get to read it but I guess its not interesting enough, even though the thread has been viewed 72 times.
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    Oct 22, 2009 5:06 AM GMT
    meninlove said

    hmm...interesting read, that. We fall squarely into the cracks though. Our visceral life social network is mostly straight right now. Our virtual network isn't.

    That's understandable. Would you get more involved in virtual social networks if you and/or Bill get the time?
  • danisnotstr8

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    Oct 22, 2009 5:11 AM GMT
    This morning on NPR they were talking about this disparity. Apparently, people who live in ghettos (in the traditional sense of that term) are more likely to use myspace. Artists and musicians also tend to use myspace because of the design opportunities that are built in.

  • jrs1

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    Oct 22, 2009 5:51 AM GMT

    not entirely. online ... is more for entertainment ... thus there are those that span their social backgrounds and traverse into worlds otherwise unlikely to be charted.
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    Oct 22, 2009 6:23 AM GMT
    interesting read. i use my myspace profile only for following music artists that i like; i have only one actual non-musician 'friend' as a 'friend' (and even then, we primarily correspond through facebook, twitter, and email). i use facebook and twitter for more social/networking/business opportunities. the 'vibe' just 'feels' different on these sites to me, and the connections i make are much more genuine. i had no idea that there were so many other who feel similarly.

    then again, i have to wonder, now that this article is published if the perception of these various networking sites will then translate to a greater manifested reality; will these statistics quoted become even more divergent because people believe the social stigmas to be so, and act accordingly because the believe themselves to be of a particular social class? ooohhh mental masturbation at its finest....
  • Anto

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    Oct 22, 2009 6:30 AM GMT
    Didn't Facebook start off for college students and other schools only though? Kind of makes sense it would have a certain kind of following vs myspace which had a different group focus.

    oh never mind I just read the article lol

    I think the design layout of both myspace and facebook are horrible, I don't like using either. Facebook interface is very non-intuitive to me and the atmosphere of it is like a closed in suffocating box, myspace is just a big html markup free for all.