Reality or fantasy
Richard MacManus‘ post reporting on the faberNovell Consulting research paper on social networks was quite interesting. I am not into Facebook or MySpace, but I know people on both networks. I had never thought of them in the terms that faberNovell did. What struck me was MacManus‘ statement that:
Facebook is viewed as “real identity”, whereas MySpace is “fanntasized identity”!
As I said, I am not overly familiar with either network, but these characterizations don’t seem too far off.
What I found interesting was my reaction to the idea of a fantasized identity. Granted, I am quite old (57 at last count!) and stodgy, but I can’t imagine going on MySpace and creating a fantasized identity. I don’t know how I would even go about it. And if I wanted a fantasized identity, why not do it on one of the many online games that are out there, where you are expected to take on an identity within the game?
I think about my desire for transparency in my blogging and in my life in general. I guess am not a good candidate for MySpace. But then, I am not sure I am a good candidate for Facebook, either.
There is a slideshow of the faberNovell paper in MacManus’ post. Check it out.