14 July 2007

Bebo vs Facebook?

A little while ago, danah boyd wrote a thought-provoking article on a change in Social Network use in US adolescents, which she sees not so much as a “shift” than a “fragmentation”. The former mass use of MySpace in high schools has gradually changed in the past 6 months, along a class divide. Boyd reports on the use of social networks by “good” and “bad” kids (the teens’ own terms) but prefers to refer to them as “hegemonic teens” and “subaltern teens”. The former, aspiring to college and belonging to a comfortable socio-economic class join the college-oriented Faceboook, see as “safer” than MySpace, where non-conformist as well as working-class kids are staying. Aesthetics reflect on this duality: clean and modern look for Facebook pages, “bling” for Myspace. On an interesting aside, she notes that the US army has banned MySpace, frequently used by soldiers, but not Facebook, used by officers.

Yesterday, Bernie Goldbach posted podcast reflecting on the appeal of Facebook for an older demographic, typically professionals (Robert Scobble, it seems, has thousands of friends on Facebook). There follows a very interesting discussion on the possible uses of Facebook as a teaching tool in college, as it seems his students are now joining Facebook, more for professional reasons it seems, but brings me to wonder if we are going to see a fragmentation of social network use in Ireland following the US model, and if college students are going to leave Bebo for a more “grown-up”, sophisticated version of the social network.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

bebo is so poppin lyk u really cantmess with bebo seriouly it is way better than all da rubbish like myspace n facebook hi5

Anonymous said...

well i have an acoont on bebo and face book and i prefere bebo

Efron Lover said...

Bebo has more to do and ur profile can be better. cos im on both of them I compared and I barely go on my facebook it bores the hell out of me bebo rocks my socks I vote BEBO

Anonymous said...

I have both Bebo and Facebook. They are both very simalar to me, I do like the way you can do more with your profile on bebo, but facebook is very popular in Australia, way more popular than Bebo.

Anonymous said...

BEBO IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Bebo wins hands down

Anonymous said...

Bebo is wayyy better, facebook seems to be getting more popular but have no idea why its BBOORRIINGG, now bebo has chat its got everything and more than facebook

Anonymous said...

such a waste of time my mate is always chatting up random birds on bebo thinking hes getting somewhere with them you cant beat real human interactiom with pre thought out text responses go out and meet up with ur friends face to face

Anonymous said...

bebo is for chavs. nuff said.

alex said...

bebo is for little kids who just want to decorate their page the same as millions of other pages because they're "individuals". Also the compulsory ranking of your friends is horrible. facebook is about being sociable and having friends.

also basically everything good on bebo, facebook did it first.

Anonymous said...

You can definitely see the grammatical talent of the Bebo users.

Anonymous said...

i hate the whole 'top friends' thing on bebo....i put my friends in alphabetical order :L

Anonymous said...

facebook sucks big time

Anonymous said...

Although I think Facebook is a much better site, it also depends on which site your friends are on. The cooler people are on Facebook.

Anonymous said...

facebook is where all my friend r, thats where im on.