62% of Facebook users are on MySpace

Read/Write Web has some interesting statistics from Rapleaf about Facebook users compared to users of five social networking sites on the OpenSocial platform. Turns out that 62% of Facebook users are on MySpace. Other intersting stats include:

– The greatest overlap between OpenSocial container sites exists between Myspace and Hi5, in which 43% of Hi5 users also use Myspace.

– Facebook users are 63% female and 36% male whereas the sites integrated with the OpenSocial platform are 61% female and 38% male.

– 52% of Facebook users are 18-25, whereas 40% of the users are 18-25 for the five container sites on the OpenSocial platform.

– Facebook users tend to use 2.9 major social networking sites on average whereas users of OpenSocial container sites tend to use 2.7 major social networking sites.

It was quite interesting to see that Facebook and Plaxo users are far more often also users of the other social networks listed in the research, than MySpace users. Although MySpace users on average are using 2.4 major social networking sites, they are not keen on using Facebook, LinkedIn, Friendster, Plaxo or Hi5 (see graph below).

Read the graph like this: the horizontal axis are users of the respective site, the graph shows how many percent of them are also using other social networks. 20% of Plaxo users are also on Facebook for example.

So does that mean that you can cover most Facebook users if you are on the OpenSocial platform? I don’t know, you would probably need to ask whether or not they are really active or just passive members.

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Add Media Culpa as a widget to Facebook or your blog

At Widgetbox.com it is pretty easy to turn your blog into a widget that readers can install on their MySpace/Facebook profile or to their own blog. Media Culpa’s widget can be seen above. To add it to your profile or blog, just visit Widgetbox to get the code.

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Anti-social networking

Do you think that Facebook and MySpace are a load of crap? That so-called “online friendship” is absurd? Then maybe anti-social networking is the thing for you. Wired writes about the two Facebook parodies Enemybook and Snubster.

“For some people, Enemybook is about expressing their distaste for political figures or celebrities. And for other people, it actually is about spreading hatred for their despised co-workers and exes,” MIT doctoral student and creator of Enemybook Kevin Matulet said.

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Facebook, MySpace and Gmail – the new axis of evil?

In a column in Dagens Nyheter yesterday, Hanne Kjöller writes about her worries regarding integrity online, a hot topic these days when we spend so much time on the web. And I agree, we should devote more time and effort to discuss who can do what with the digital traces of our online activities. Pär Ström is the guiding star in this debate.

Kjöller chooses Facebook, MySpace and Gmail as her “axis of evil” and suggests that consumers should consider to boycott these services because we can’t control how our personal information is used. And obviously we need to be careful what kind of information we share online. Kjöller writes “Too old? Probably. I don’t see the point with the website Facebook. But there are others who do. Business men and American terrorist hunters for example.”

By the way, isn’t that a strange phenomenon? Leading journalists that write negative articles about new media technologies that they don’t understand, but understand well enough to bash on a prime location in the paper. I suggest that you either get a better understanding of the technology/service/website first, or refrain from writing about it all together.

Anyway, I think that the age factor might, unintentionally, be where she hits the nail. According to a study by Pew Internet “two-thirds of teens with profiles on blogs or social-networking sites have restricted access to their profiles in some fashion, such as by requiring passwords or making them available only to friends on an approved list.” In other words, young people who are savvy online networkers are aware of the risks with being too open and act accordingly. Not that I’m entirely conviced that it’s enough to protect their integrity, but still.

Kjöller continues to discuss integrity issues and says that she doesn’t like that “the information on Facebook is used for commercial purposes”. Well, we probably need to accept that companies use information about their members to tailor marketing efforts, I’m sure that Dagens Nyheter does too. About a month ago, Resumé claimed that DN bought a community system from a company called Josh, with the purpose of building a community of their own. I don’t think that the paper will do that with any other purpose than a commercial one.

Either way, integrity issues are important and I welcome Kjöller’s suggestion about a Minister for Integrity, or some other political solution that helps protect us from “Big Brother”. But I don’t think the solution is to stay clear of all these services, but take the positive sides and deal with the negative. Just look at the number of Facebook users who signed up for Anton Abele’s group against violence, currently more than 52,000.

Note: I should probably reveal, before someone asks, that I am a frequent Facebook user, rarely visit my MySpace page, and I don’t have a Gmail account (don’t feel that I need one).

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“What did people do at work in 2002?”

Jan Gradvall reflects (not online) over the five years that have passed since the launch of DI Weekend. Many phenomena that today dominate our daily lives did not even exist five years ago.

“MySpace opened in August 2003, Facebook in February 2004, YouTube in February 2005. What did people actually do at work in 2002?”

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Bad timing for MySpace “maintenance”

Sweden’s leading business daily Dagens Industri today publishes a large article about the launch of MySpace Sweden tomorrow. With such great publicity, the timing couldn’t be much worse for the launch page to be “down for maintenance”. The Myspacesweden site, with information about tomorrow’s MySpace LIVE launch party is currently down, along with several other functions of the site. At the moment I can’t even log out of my account.


UPDATE: The event page is up and running again but it isn’t possible to log in to your account at the moment.

“Det går inte att logga in just nu, eftersom vi håller på att fixa ett problem med databasen. Det fungerar snart igen. 9/12/2007”

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