1. Comments on
―Viewing American class
Facebook and MySpace‖
2. The article written
3. A typical Facebook page (2007)
4. A typical MySpace page (2007)
• Overload of graphics
• Animated graphics
• Too many colours
• Bright colors (pink) or high-contrast
colour combinations (red on black)
• Or ‗transparent‘ text blocks (text on a
• Background: a large photo or bright
and/or animated picture
5. A typical MySpace page
Examples from MySpace layout generators
Burning Pink Lips
6. The article written
7. Facebook kids vs MySpace kids
• Value education
• From educated families
• Mostly white
• ‗Good kids‘: good students,
athletes, socially active, have
goals, maintain a ‗right‘ circle of
• Do not plan to go to university
• Usually from proletarian background
• Many immigrants, latinos
• ‗Burnouts‘ or alternative kids: punks,
emos, goths, gangstas, queers, etc
Aware of MySpace, but usually
despise it and its members
Either not aware of Facebook or find it
boring and useless, as many activities
of the ‗good kids‘
8. • MySpace allows a lot of design customization which negatively affects the
overall impression of the site
• Design customization on Facebook is very limited. It guarantees that the
profile pages look good
MySpace vs Facebook
• Most MySpace profiles are ―so ugly and inconsistent‖ 
• Facebook design is consistent and ―clean‖
The key differences
• MySpace looks very unprofessionally done (in the meaning of ‗Vernacular
• Facebook has a professional minimalistic look
• Elements of ‗vernacular web‘ (glitters, animated gifs, flash) and ―screaming‖ media
(such as autoplay video/audio or HUGE pictures) and very encouraged on
• Facebook has no tolerance to mentioned elements.
No animated gifs!
9. MySpace =―digital ghetto‖ (boyd)
10. How teenagers see their
(from the dissertation of Danah Boyd )
Teens usually don‘t see virtual spaces as different from the ‗real life‘.
Social networks for them is just another space to ‗hang out‘ with there friends.
Therefore, social network and their circle there is a reflection of their ―true‖ life.
When teens are socializing, online and offline are not separate worlds—they
are simply different places to gather with friends and peers.
11. ‗Alternative‘ kids on MySpace
12. To kids and teenagers (regardless of their class)
MySpace is attractive for its functionality
• Kids see their virtual space as an extension of their room
• Kids have a need to decorate their room is a specific manner
• MySpace allows a complete ―redesign‖
How about adults, then?
―If you‘re on MySpace now, you‘re a [expletive] cretin.
And you‘re not only a [expletive] cretin, but you‘re poor.
Nobody who has beyond an 8th grade level of education
is on MySpace. It is for backwards people.‖
Michael Wolff (american journalist) in
an interview with BusinessWeek, 2008
―BTW, MySpace just LOOKS ugly enough to be a ghetto or run-
down shanty town. Facebook, by comparison, looks like the
suburbs. You might prefer one or the other, but the design echos
the people it attracts, in a lot of ways.‖
Article commenter, 
I hardly ever get on either anymore, but I'd agree with the assessment
that Facebook has more the taiste the "upper class" kids would be
looking for: boring, pretentious, fake, and lacking in new, interesting
14. Facebook Myspace
“The boldest Facebook
makeover” in its history
• Now (2012), when *all* people
are on Facebook, not just
provides more space for self-
• A huge eye-catching banner on
top of the Timeline
• The first step to blend the
difference between Myspace and
• Are flashing, glittery backgrounds
or ad banners the next step?
15. Facebook cover collections
as extension of Myspace layout generators
16. Graffiti on the face of Facebook
17. MySpace Facebook
2010 – redesign
MySpace decided to get rid of the status of ‗digital ghetto‘
Design was generally cleaned up
Old profiles were reset to a default design
Design by default is ‗plain and boring‘, but strick.
18. The borders between MySpace and
Facebook designs are blurred now
19. Question 1
“Everyone is on Facebook now.”
Considering the increased audience of Facebook and
the latest developments in Facebook design, what do
you think the trend is?
Is Facebook at risk of becoming a new MySpace?
Do FB users need a space for self-expression (in terms
of gifs and customizable profile layouts)?
If yes, what is the chance that Facebook will satisfy this
20. Viewing class difference through
*real-life* design choices
21. Viewing class difference through
*real-life* design choices
22. Viewing class difference through
*real-life* design choices
23. Money do not guarantee good taste
24. Viewing lass difference through *real-
life* design choices
25. Comparison of websites
Women‘s social sites
Business news‗Yellow‘ news
26. Question 2
Think of other pairs of sites where the
visual solutions reflect the target
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Context: American Teen Sociality in Networked Publics. ProQuest,
3. ―Facebook, MySpace: a Race/Class Divide? | Technically Incorrect -
CNET News.‖ ―Facebook, MySpace: a Race/Class Divide? |
Technically Incorrect - CNET News.‖ News.Cnet.com. Web. 30 Apr.
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