UPDATE: See response from 23 year old blogger/writer Vanessa Van Petten below…
Andrew Chen from the blog "Futuristic Play" posted with an international analysis of the traffic and ad revenue of MySpace versus Facebook. The summary had an interesting conclusion: "MySpace leads in the major market (the US) but is losing ground overseas". That post lead to a discussion on Techmeme, with blogs like GigaOm who added "….Social Networks need to find new purposes for people to come back every day and be loyal."
Therefore (said in a research voice) my completely unscientific
finding was that Facebook is "cool". My prediction is that as long as
Facebook remains "cool" their US market share will grow….. Add to
that the growing population of moms joining Facebook – NOT to friend
their kids – but to develop their own social networks. If moms are more
familiar with a social networking application, they will be more open
to their (highschool age and older) kids using it. Even though kids
have the right to sign up on their own when they reach the eligibility
age, it is still up the parents to make sure they have a strong
foundation in internet safety and privacy. This will help kids have the right start in what will be the first step in a future of online networking.
- Common Sense Media’s Internet Survival Guide for Parents
- Cornell Course Blog – Information Cascades: MySpace Versus Facebook
UPDATE: Vanessa of "You’re Grounded" gave a great comment about her thoughts on MySpace Versus Facebook:
I am 23 and find that there are a few commonalities for us:
1- Music lovers tend to be on MySpace more, they might also have a
Facebook, but they like MySpace to discover and friend underground
2- We do not like the creepy aspects of MySpace. There are so many
people not split up by networks, you get creepy people messaging you
and looking at your profile more often than Facebook.
3- Facebook has a more web 2.0 interface which we appreciate.
I also work with teens on staying safe in technology and find their preferences are similar.