Unfortuantely, Facebook is hard to get away from. If you cancel, all the pictures you’ve uploaded are gone, and your friends see your name blacked out. So then there’s drama about you defriending people or blocking them, because (shocker) who would EVER want to leave facebook! Then everyone begs you to return because they need some extra pages to stalk during their freetime.
Myspace, I added, because before Facebook was all jazzy like it is today, it was pretty blase. Myspace gives you almost complete control over your page, and I am a dork and want to put songs (yes, Adam) and slideshows and have my page be a little Web-extension of myself. And yes, both tools are actually GREAT tools for networking, keeping tabs on ex boyfriends or girlfriends, and those childhood friends you lost touch with-and usually would never talk to again.
But today, there’s a new social networking tool that trumps both Facebook and Myspace (and I’m not talking about LinkedIn). Enter ‘aSmallWorld’ – entirely invite-only. No regular people, doesn’t matter if you belong to the same school as someone else, you have to be invited. Check out this BusinessWeek article to see what I mean.]]>
That’s not to say that those are the only soc nets out there. From the “velvet-roped” service Pownce to any number of specialty soc nets that range from shopping to you name it, there is something for everyone.
At any rate, while I’m still new to Facebook, I see a few advantages over what I view to be its main rival, Myspace:
Facebook seems to have less SPAM than Myspace, which makes managing my inbox sooo much easier. This may be analogous to the amount of viruses being produced for Internet Explorer versus, say, Safari. In other words, it may be a let’s-exploit-users-of-the-big-guys sort of thing, but who knows.
Though the ability to customize Myspace is neat . . . so what? Do I really need the latest Fall Out Boy tune playing with video slideshows of my last night out looping and scenes from Star Wars serving as my background? The simple design and useful functionalities of Facebook are just more pleasant.
Lastly, who owns Facebook? It isn’t the company responsible for blatantly skewed political news coverage, that’s for sure.]]>