Sunday, February 12, 2006

Myspace is their space too

This summer when UT student Colton Pitonyak killed a woman in West Campus local news outlets used as a source of information for Pitonyak's photos, interests and background. Well it seems that just because it may be "your space", doesn't mean it's free from the prying eyes of parents, employers or police.

Those photos of you snorting coke and flashing at mardi gras aren't just being viewed by your friends, and young people are forgetting that what's published online goes to a global audience. Searching for a person's page is easy as typing their name in the search option, so using an alias doesn't mean anonymity. The moral of this story? If you wouldn't want your mother to read it, don't post it.

When I was looking into writing a story on graffiti artists I contacted one via myspace. He treated me very skeptically, saying that police have been using myspace to bust artists. I figured he was just being paranoid until I found this article.

Evidently there are several conspiracy theories as to what's been done with all this information people are so willingly giving up about themselves. I don't buy into all of them, but just as people are beginning to question all the information google controls they should consider what's happening with these networking sites.

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Blogger Sharon Meraz said...

MySpace is definitely one of the big targets for police activity now. We'll talk about this when we discuss social networks, youth, and the use of the Internet.

Danah Boyd, an Internet researcher in the field of social networks, has some interesting opinions on this field. If you are interested, visit, and look at some of her postings on Friendster, MySpace, Orkut, etc.

Currently, many politicians are advising their children to get out of facebook because it can be used against their campaigns.

2/13/2006 9:50 AM  
Blogger M.T. Elliott said...

Rupert Murdoch doesn't buy things because he thinks they're neat. Every interaction on MySpace is being observed, and studied for ways to use street marketing. Corporate media isn't content to be mainstream, they want kids to think their product (band, clothing, etc) are cool.

In fact, I wouldn't doubt that there are some very "popular" people on MySpace that are fronts... not even real people, but one that's popular with "cool" bands etc and that others would take note of.

Guerilla marketing employs people to simply talk to strangers about a product. To say, "Man, this iPod is great. Do you have one? No, well you should think about it."

When FOX bought MySpace, I was quite amused to see people began adding a Rupert Murdoch profile to their "friends" to replace "Tom".

2/13/2006 10:35 AM  

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