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Hehe. Joshua, certainly, I was not trying to put words in your mouth.
What I concur with is your statement that the largest facebook network
does not necessarily mean the most social software users (as others
might be using other networking sites - or other networking sites
might have larger populations elsewhere).
Thereafter, I was taking what you said in a different direction: From
my limited experience across the board - teens to those in their
thirties in Toronto - facebook is pretty much what people are using
here. Would the sum of all users of all other software sites be larger
than the sum of all facebook users? Maybe, but Facebook has received
the sort of cultural hegemony that makes it the dominant and default.
In fact more times than I can count, a conversation about my work
starts like this:
"I study social networks and the Internet"
"Oh, like Facebook"
But again, I have to wonder if something can be said about the
relationship between the type of site and the type of networking
preferred in Toronto (or elsewhere), or if its just a matter of
sensitivity to initial conditions coupled with a lot of retroactive
On 4/25/07, Joshua O'Madadhain <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On 4/24/07, Bernie Hogan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> > I have to concur with Joshua on that one. It is more a matter of saying
> > - to know social networking in Toronto is to be plugged in to the facebook
> > network, not that Toronto is particularly significant in terms of social
> > networking.
> Not to drive my point into the ground...but that's not exactly what I said.
> Facebook is demonstrably big in Toronto. (Assuming that there aren't
> a lot of dead profiles, etc.) But this does not mean that all (or
> even most) people who do social networking in Toronto use Facebook.
> > Now, that notwithstanding, I'm happy that my city went with the classy
> > Facebook over the more tastelessly noisy MySpace.
> This may not necessarily be the case, either.
> If I remember correctly, I believe that danah boyd and others have
> observed that the social networking tools that you use is at least
> partially demographically driven (e.g., I think that MySpace tends to
> get more of the younger crowd just now).
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