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Facebook vs. Myspace

2008.01.05

Facebook has it's pros and cons- just like any other website.

How it got started?



According to Wikipedia.com, Facebook started and launched on February 4, 2004. Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, a former Harvard student. Also from wikipedia.com: "The site has more than 58 million active users (including non-collegiate members) worldwide, with membership expected to surpass 60 million users by the end of 2007. From September 2006 to September 2007 the site's traffic ranking increased from 60th to 7th, according to Alexa. It is the number one site for photos in the United States with over 60 million photos uploaded weekly.

The name of the site refers to the paper facebooks depicting members of the campus community that some U.S. colleges and preparatory schools give to incoming students, faculty, and staff as a way to get to know other people on campus."

Pros

Privacy and Security.



Facebook has great options that anyone can use to see who can view their profile. In the privacy overview section, you can edit the preferences of who searches for your profile, and also what appears in your search listing. You can also control what actions happens in the news feed and the mini feed, on your homepage. You can also select who pokes, messages, and friends you. Another fairly new options is the privacy of the applications facebook has. There is also a section on external websites where you can limit sending stories to your profile. More settings in the privacy option are the limited profile and blocking a profile. With the limited profile, you can chose what other people see when they aren't your friends. Another great feature that facebook has is blocking a profile. If you don't want someone to see your profile, or if you don't like them, you can block their profile. That means you can't search for them, they can't search for you, and you can't see their profile (and vice versa).

Account

Under the account section, facebook asks for things like your name, contact email, credit card information (if you want to buy any gifts- but, personally, I don't), password, and there is also an option to deactivate your account. Facebook has everything that you can possibly think of.


Applications

Photos

Applications can be both good and bad. One application that's a favorite of mine is the photo application. The photo application is a great advantage. I love the fact that you can tag friends and have pictures that you'll never want to forget (or remember).

Event

An event application is one that you can post events, invite friends, and see what other people are doing.


Notifications

Facebook can notify you by email anytime one of your friends does something. Facebook can notify you if someone writes on your wall, pokes me, adds you as a friend, etc. The options are limitless- but I have most of them turned off.

The Wall

A friend (and only friends) can write on your "wall". Basically, they can leave comments about anything you want.

Networks

You can join different networks. For example, you can join one from your home town, and you can even join your high school or college network. You can even delete networks or change it to a different one.

Cons

Annoying Application Events:

You can get notified for events on the home page, on the side. It's annoying when people send application requests or things to do something, but I've
been guilty of sending them too. I really should stop that.

Anyone can join:

It was better when facebook was only for college students. Recently, it became available to high school students and to anyone else, as long as they have an email address.

Searching on the web:

When people google you, your facebook profile probably comes up, so be careful when looking for a job- watch what kind of pictures you put on them.

Pictures of People Drinking:

Future employers can sometimes view facebook photos. Depending on the privacy setting, people outside of facebook can view them. It's easy to fix though- don't put the drinking pictures on, don't tag someone, or remove the tag on the photo.

Myspace

History of Myspace: Also from wikipedia.com: "eUniverse (which changed its name to Intermix in 2004) created and marketed the Myspace website in 1999, providing the division with a complete infrastructure of finance, human resources, technical expertise, bandwidth, and server capacity right out of the gate so the MySpace team wasn't distracted with typical start-up issues. The project was overseen by Brad Greenspan (eUniverse's Founder, Chairman, CEO), who managed Chris DeWolfe (MySpace's current CEO), Josh Berman, Tom Anderson (MySpace's current president), and a team of programmers and resources provided by eUniverse.

The very first MySpace users were eUniverse employees. The company held contests to see who could sign-up the most users. The company then used its resources to push MySpace to the masses. eUniverse used its 20 million users and e-mail subscribers to quickly breathe life into MySpace , and move it to the head of the pack of social networking websites. A key architect was tech expert Toan Nguyen who helped stabilize the MySpace platform when Brad Greenspan asked him to join the team."

Shortly after launching MySpace, team member Chris DeWolfe in its first business plan suggested that they start charging a fee for the basic MySpace service.Brad Greenspan nixed the idea, believing that keeping MySpace free and open was necessary to make it a large and successful community.

Some employees of MySpace including DeWolfe and Berman were later able to purchase equity in the property before MySpace, and its parent company eUniverse (now renamed 'Intermix'), were bought in July 2005 for US$580 million by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation (the parent company of Fox Broadcasting and other media enterprises). Of this amount, approx. US$327m has been attributed to the value of MySpace according to the financial adviser fairness opinion.

In January 2006, Fox announced plans to launch a UK version of MySpace in a bid to "tap into the UK music scene "which they have since done. They also released it in China and will possibly launch it in other countries.

The corporate history of MySpace as well as the status of Tom Anderson as a MySpace founder has been a matter of some public dispute."

Pros


Change your layout:

You can change your layout on myspace. There are many websites that have great layouts for myspace (you just have to be careful- make sure the sites don't cause you to get viruses). You can also change your myspace layout with the myspace options- there are tons of different colors that you can use to make your myspace more like you.

Music myspace

Musicians can make a myspace for their band. They can get the recognition and fans that they deserve. Many musicians have even been put on the radio because of fans on myspace.

Adding songs

Myspace has a section where you can 'add' a song to your profile.

Bulletins

Bulletins are announcements that you can send to all your friends. They are slightly annoying, but worth it if you have good news.


Blogs

Myspacehas a section where you can blog about life and other random events.

Finding Long-lost friends or relatives


There have been instances where people find relatives they haven't spoken to in years, or people have even found out that they have a sibling.

Cons:

Top friends


Myspace finally got annoying when they added top friends. I myself use top friends, but nobody has said anything to me that makes me not use it (or get annoyed, or into arguements). It gets old fast- especially when you hear or talk about someone who isn't in your top friends and you wonder why (etc).

Annoying Bulletins


Bulletins can get really annoying- especially when they're chain letters or things that you have to open or post because something bad will happen. I don't even bother to do that anymore.


Random Friends

 

Random people who have sent you friend requests. I don't answer them. I have my profile set to private only- they must know my last name or email address in order to friend me.


People's Accounts Being Hacked


This part really annoys me. People who have their myspace hacked and then we get the annoying ads or computer viruses through myspace mail.

Facebook vs. Myspace


In actuality, it depends on your style and your preferences. Personally, I like facebook better! Many of my friends have both, but they like facebook better as well. Which do you like better? Facebook or Myspace?

 

Forrás: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/518175/facebook_vs_myspace.html?page=4

 

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