Don’t anyone dare call me an “early adopter,” because last night, I signed myself up on Facebook for the first time. I joined up mostly because some of my coworkers are on there, and I was inspired by Michael Porter‘s Social Software Showcase presentation. I also liked Facebook’s clean, basic look, and thought it made a pleasant alternative to MySpace‘s cluttered, noisy gaudiness. I’d decided against signing back up on MySpace, even though some friends and family members are there, because pages there generally look too flashy and out of control.
And then I read danah boyd’s essay “Viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace.” It provides some really good food for thought and has made me take a step back and look at both social sites and at myself. I haven’t come to any conclusions yet, I may never come to any conclusions, but it’s got me thinking.
UPDATE: danah boyd’s essay has made the BBC.