MySpace VS Facebook
Levinson starts off the chapter by explaining the differences between MySpace and Facebook. He describes the differences in a phrase he calls “First Love Syndrome.”
Levinson’s principle is that we love what we first experience. He explains this theory by using the argument that for people who read the Lord of the Rings before the series, they fell in love with the book series. The people who saw the movies first fell in love with the movies.
All though I agree with Levinson on the First Love Syndrome, MySpace has been around longer – only by a month roughly – but Facebook has more than double the users. Not only that, but I had signed up for MySpace prior to Facebook. All though I had gotten use to MySpace and everything, I joined Facebook due to the fact that more of my friends where on Facebook. I think it is not so much of a First Love thing, but rather where most of our friends are.
This falls under what Levinson talks about in terms of what the website do for the user needs. For me, the need was to connect with my friends.
Facebook has a much higher ratio of real-life friends than does MySpace.
I believe that the above statement would be more appropriate if Levinson was talking about Facebook in regards of Twitter, not MySpace. The reason why I say this is because with Twitter, you can have someone who you aren’t friends following you. Where as with Facebook and MySpace, there is a better chance that you know the person you Friend Request.
Levinson states how that he knows:
…a quarter of my current 2,000 Friends on Facebook .
In contrast, I know at most perhaps 100 of the 6,000 Friends I have on MySpace.
All though I do not know the exact reasons as to why Levinson has that amount of friends on either account, but it might have something to do with the fact that Levinson’s position as a professor might influence the reason why he has so many friends.
Facebook as a Research Tool
Levinson makes the argument that with when the web fails to aid us in find information for research, that Facebook can aid us to getting information. I agree with this due to the fact that I serve on Student Senate. There are cases where we have to get information from our fellow students and Facebook allows us to get information quicker and more of it.