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  • 1. MySpace, Ask a Librarian and Libraries Diana Sachs-Silveira Tampa Bay Library Consortium Virtual Reference Manager
  • 2. Social Networking
    • Create friends and groups based upon common interests
    • Facebook and MySpace most popular but many other sites out there.
    • Integrates Email, Chat, Blogging and sharing data
    • Social networking sites drive traffic to other sites (like your site 
  • 3. “ There is a misconception that social networking is the exclusive domain of teenagers, but this analysis confirms that the appeal of social networking sites is far broader.”
  • 4. Facebook MySpace
    • 25 million members worldwide
    • Created a niche among the college crowd
    • "People spend an average of 19 minutes a day on Facebook."
    • Facebook was named as the second most "in" thing among undergraduates,… losing only to the iPod .
    • 100 million users worldwide
    • Broadest appeal across age ranges
    • #1 site where people Spent time on the Internet
    • Allows for lots of customization of pages including – background, music, fonts, and page layout
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    • http://www.myspace.com/askalibrarianfl
    • http://www.myspace.com/fkcc1
    • http://www.myspace.com/undergradlibrary
    • http://www.myspace.com/morrisvillecollegelibrary
    • http://www.myspace.com/utlibraries
    • http://www.myspace.com/ucclibrary
    • http://www.myspace.com/njitlibrary
    • http://www.myspace.com/wayne_college_library
    • http://www.myspace.com/ucfaskalibrarian
    • http://www.myspace.com/fiulibrary
    • http://www.myspace.com/wolfsonlibrary
    Sample MySpace Pages
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  • 19. Customize!
    • Change the background, font and feel
    • Add Slideshows, videos
    • Add Quizzes
    • Post Pictures
  • 20. Promote
    • School Publications
    • From Your Web site “Be Our Friend on MySpace”
    • From the Reference Desk
    • Make sure you have new content
    • Add Comments to your friends pages
    • Add Bulletins to your friends pages
  • 21. Remember…
    • Be Bold
    • Be 2.0
    • Change your page often
    • Make New Friends
    • Promote your MySpace in the library and throughout campus