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AIM Pages: First Screenshot May 9, 2006

Posted by Noah Carter in social networking, web culture.
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Staci Kramer at PaidContent has posted this screenshot of AOL's soon to be released AIM Pages – a MySpace me-too that's sure to be popular, with each user's URL as simple as http://www.aim.com/%5Bscreenname%5D.

Popular, that is, unless your AIM screenname is onlinepredator61. Read more


Vizster: Visualizing Online Social Networks May 8, 2006

Posted by Noah Carter in blog voices, design, social networking, user experience, web culture, web2.0.
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Though not yet available for public consumption, Jeffrey Heer and Danah Boyd's Vizster promises to amaze. From their site:

Vizster is an interactive visualization tool for online social networks, allowing exploration of the community structure of social networking services…providing an interactive sociogram for exploring the links between network members.

We like interactive sociograms – very much. More here

Hangin’ Out Online: Kids on the Web May 5, 2006

Posted by Noah Carter in myspace, social networking, web culture.

myspace logo1.pngLast night I gave a talk in Southampton, NY at the Rogers Memorial Library, entitled: "Hanging Out Online: What are our kids doing on the Web?" Many thanks to Penny Wright of RML who organized the event, and to all those who attended. The presentation is available here for those interested.

The focus of the talk was Online Social Networks (MySpace primarily). In retrospect I should have devoted more time to Instant Messaging and Online Gaming (ie: runescape), both of which present unique (and similar) risks and rewards for kids online. More to follow on that in future postings – check back soon…

Danah Boyd Rocks May 3, 2006

Posted by Noah Carter in social networking, web culture.
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Social Networks.jpgThere's a ton of chatter in the media today about MySpace, Friendster, Facebook and the evil dangers theses sites present to young people. It's hard to find anything rational on the subject of teens and online social networks, but not impossible. Danah Boyd at UC Berkeley's School of Information has done a lot of good thinking (and speaking and writing) on all the fuss. From her blog you can browse her research and even see how well she does with super non-genius Bill O'Reilly.