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Actually, the networks on MySpace would not be a goldmine as they are
performative and even less accurate than on other services (save
maybe Orkut).  Many of the younger participants go around trying to
collect friends of anyone who likes the same bands and it is common
to connect to anyone that you've ever met.  Teenagers don't view
MySpace as a depiction of their friends, but a collection of everyone
they think is interesting.  My dissertation will cover MySpace and a
lot of what i will talk about is the role of performative social
networks in youth culture.

A while back, when i interviewed subjects about their Friendster
networks, i found that there was no common consistency for linking
patterns compared to the relationships people knew offline.  Also, a
huge number of one's friends were not on the site even within the
most active groups.  I gave up with that approach after a month
because i realized that i had to treat Friendster networks as
entirely separate.  Because most active Friendsters were more
cautious about their linking patterns - they linked to people they
knew and Fakesters - i suspect that MySpace will be more of a
disaster.  It will actually look more like Orkut in structure.  Orkut
has such insane centrality that your eyebrows float off your head.

danah




On Nov 8, 2005, at 8:17 AM, David Carpe wrote:

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> thanks for the feedback (didn't know you were on here! that's
> great)...per your reports, i also wonder if myspace.com would allow
> for access to their data (with privacy kickers of course) for the
> purpose of analyzing their networks of youth bloggers and
> blogrolls...could be a gold mine over there - and also allows for
> another mode by looking at their connections within affinities (in
> the case of myspace, i mean 'rock bands' that organize members and
> create new networks outside of existing local friendships and
> school chums)
> -dave
>
> At 11:11 AM 11/8/2005, Amanda Lenhart wrote:
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>> Dave,
>>
>> Thanks for pointing to us, but I'm not sure that the Pew Internet
>> Project's latest work on teens would necessarily fit the bill.
>> While we
>> may have looked at some of the components that facilitate the
>> creation/expansion of social networks (IM, txt, blogs, etc) we
>> didn't do
>> much research into the networks themselves. Probably the most
>> relevant
>> point from our recent work would be that two-thirds of online
>> teens who
>> read blogs (blog readers are about 2 in 5 of all online teens) say
>> they
>> only read the blogs of people that they know, a finding that suggests
>> that teens may use blogs to form and reinforce social
>> relationships. But
>> that's as far as we go in our work.
>>
>> Still, for those who are interested in our finding on communication
>> tools, our two most relevant recent reports would be:
>>
>> Teens and Technology:
>> http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/162/report_display.asp
>>
>> Teens Content Creators and Consumers:
>> http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/166/report_display.asp
>>
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> Amanda
>>
>> Amanda Lenhart
>> Senior Research Specialist
>> Pew Internet & American Life Project
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>> -----Original Message-----
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>> didn't the pew organization look into this when they were studying
>> online habits of teenagers (im networks, email, blogging,
>> socialization)....? not sure if that's a red herring, but hopefully
>> it will help...
>> -dave
>>
>> At 12:44 PM 11/8/2005, danah boyd wrote:
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>> >A while back, folks asked if anyone had good references on the
>> social
>> >networks of youth and there was very little response (but a bunch of
>> >ongoing research).  So, i thought i'd ask again: is there any work
>> >out there on social networks of youth culture?  (I'm personally
>> >interested in teenage social networks (approximately 10-20).)
>> >
>> >danah
>> >
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