Among the looming questions about social networking tools is ‘who uses Tool A versus Tool B.’ danah boyd has been exploring this topic, particularly as it relates to teens, as a graduate student at MIT and UCBerkeley, as you’ll see in her Technology Review profile. Now, she’s a social media researcher at Microsoft Research New England and a fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
She share her recent research in an article titled, “Facebook and MySpace Users Are Clearly Divided Along Class Lines,” posted on AlterNet on Sept. 3. The article, originally a talk at the Personal Democracy Forum, argues that “the inequalities and divisions in society have emerged online in social networks despite the belief that everyone is connected by the Internet.”
In particular she proposes that race and class lines are distinct in the Facebook versus MySpace populations. She traces how the two Web sites began and spread, who jumps ship, and who stands with their original choice. In brief, white educated teens favor Facebook. Her excellent article shares her findings, including how the two groups feel about each other.