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 Issue # 33 July 2006 
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  • My Space
    by KJ Newby
    July 2006
    This month I will be talking about the pros and cons of

    Myspace is a social networking website based in Santa Monica, California. It offers an interactive network of blogs, user profiles, groups, photos, and an internal e-mail system. It is the world's fourth most popular English-language website and the fifth most popular in the world with more than 89 million registered accounts or profiles.

    Each profile contains two standard "blurbs": and "Who I'd Like to Meet" pages. Profiles also can contain sections about standard interests, such as music, television, books, and movies, as well as specific personal details, such as marital status, physical appearance, and income. Profiles also contain a blog. A part of customizing one's "MySpace" is uploading images onto their site. One of the images can be chosen to be the "default image," (the picture that will be seen on the profile's main page, search page, and appear to the side of the user's name on comments, messages, etc). MySpace has also recently added the option to upload videos.

    MySpace is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends, share pictures, music and email but it can also have its draw-backs:

    MySpace allows registering users to be as young as 14. Profiles with ages set to 14 to 16 years are automatically private. Users whose ages are set at 17 or over do have the option to restrict their profiles, as well as the option of merely allowing certain personal data to be restricted to people other than those on their 'friends list'. The MySpace FAQ page does not go into detail about being under 17 in order to have a private page. The full profile of messaging someone under the age of 18 is restricted to their direct MySpace friends only. According to the Terms of Service, lying about one's age to make one's profile private defeats the purpose of social networking and is considered fraud. Any profile caught doing it will be deleted. However, numerous accounts presently exist which contain direct admittance of a user's actual age in the Headline of the user's profile, despite the displayed age of 17 or under. Many users set their ages at a private degree to lessen potential friend requests from a specific group of people, particularly those who are only looking to increase their friend counts. As an alternative, suggests removing restricted information from public view.

    Starting around late June 2006, Myspace users over 18 will no longer be able to add users under 18 as friends unless he/she knows the user's full name and/or email address, and vice versa.

    Recently, MySpace has had a number of news reports stating that teenagers have found ways around the restrictions set by MySpace, and have been the target of online predators. In response, MySpace assures parents that the site is safe for people of all ages.

    Despite the privacy of young persons' profiles, it is still possible that some may compromise their security and privacy by posting information such as their home address, phone number, or last name due to their lack of experience. This information could, theoretically, put a person in danger.

    Just remember to be careful and use a little common sense. For instance, don't give out your real name unless you know a person directly. Never give out your personal phone number or physical address. Never give out your birth date or social security number or any other personal info such as credit card numbers.

    Have fun but please be careful.
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