understanding the importance and impact of anonymity and authentication in a networked society
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Myspace: a network without borders PDF Print
a blog*on*nymity ID TRAIL MIX by Melissa Cheater

MySpace is the current hot little number in the world of online social networking sites, boasting 66 million members, and growing. It is ranked 8th in alexa.com’s global top five hundred websites, and 5th on the English Language top five hundred. What started sixdegrees.com (no longer online), lead to friendster, and the current groundbreakers, Myspace and Facebook. There is no need to get nitty-gritty about all the little distinctions between the various OSN (online social network) services that have come and gone over the years. The important facts to remember is that anyone with an email account can register on myspace, and that facebook (ranked 53 in the global five hundred) is only open to individuals with email accounts accepted university mail servers. Friendster is considered a past trend in North America, having faded from administration/user conflicts and a period of technological trouble, but still claims 27 million accounts. Facebook rests at 7 million participants. At more than twice the population of Canada, Myspace is by far in the lead and has a significance all its own.

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