Steve Walker

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Social groups and social networking sites

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There’s been an interesting discussion going on on the AIR-L (Internet researchers) mailing list over the last couple of days, triggered by a posting by Barry Wellman, about social networking sites and their varying demographics. For example, one contributor suggested that some social groups see facebook as being middle-class, even elitist, compared with sites like myspace and bebo.

If there is evidence to support this (and to be fair, the comments were only tentative) this would would have potentially important implications for those of us thinking these tools in social action settings, or in education more widely. Arguably, these social differences may be rather more significant factors in choosing online environments than relatively minor functional or presentational differences between the services.


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June 22, 2007 at 2:05 pm

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