Tag Archives: danah boyd

Changing and Refocusing

Honestly, when faced with the task of making changes to my Facebook, prompted by an assignment, it made me extremely uneasy. I’ve always been very conscious about what I put up or choose not to put up, as danah boyd and Alice Marwick mention in their article, “Social Steganography: Privacy in Networked Publics.” Also, after […]

Are we MySpace Friends?

Are we Myspace Friends? The article “Friends, Friendsters, and MySpace Top 8: Writing Community into Being on Social Network Sites” by danah boyd was really interesting to me, as I was a part of the MySpace community from its relatively early days, and I had always found it fascinating how the ideas of friendship were […]

“Following” Not “Friending”! When Content Rules Social Media

Danah Boyd’s early 2000 study Friends, Friendster, and Myspace Top 8 did an excellent job analyzing the impact of social media on culture and social interaction. Boyd makes the assertion that social networking sites are not just “digital spaces disconnected from other social venues”, they are actual extensions of the human social network, a modeling […]

Would Your Mom Be On Your Top 8?

Imagine your mom or dad taking selfies, uploading them as their profile pictures on Myspace, and updating their statuses asking for comments. Their “Top 8” friends would be their respective significant other, as well as their close friends. Your parents would also probably add your own friends on Myspace, and lurk their profiles. Fast forward […]

The office secretary is winning the popularity contest

In 2006, Danah Boyd wrote an article on her study of the concept of “Friending” in “Friends, Friendsters, and MySpace Top 8: Writing Community Into Being on Social Network Sites.” Boyd focuses on two up and coming social networks of 2006: Friendster and Myspace. She explains that social media has created a difference between Friendship […]