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Over the Easter break i created a FaceBook account all in the name of social networking research and have sadly become slightly adddicted. While Myspace is customisable via HTML and focused on creating personality within pages, FaceBook has taken the opposite route with it’s standard, non-editable profiles.

The key feature i’m interested within FaceBook however is the way it incorprates photos and tagging. While MySpace allows us to upload our images to our individual ‘pics’ page or create slide shows to embedd in profiles, it lacks the sharing aspect you would expect of Web 2.0. With FaceBook, when an image is uploaded the owner is asked to tag who ever appears in a picture. If the other subjects in the photo also have a FaceBook account, a message will appear in their profile telling them they have been tagged in a photo and the photo will be added to their “Photos” section. I really like this way of sharing and collecting photos and is partly one of the reasons I’m hooked on FaceBook.


With Easter nearly over it’s probably time to catch up with my blog and research before the final research document needs to be handed in.

My presentation went well and got some useful feedback and links to more research. In terms of actually defining a specific question that my research should focus on I feel i should move away from focusing so strongly on Representation and look more into Web 2.0 and how sites such as MySpace with it photo sharing facilites has changed our attitudes towards the way we use photos and who we share them with. But for now i can’t decide on the actual question so any help would be appreciated!

While unrelated to my own project I found this article in the Daily Telegraph today and found it relevant to the ideas of blogging and Web 2.0. There were 2 articles in the paper, both focusing on the difference in opinion over proposed ‘code of conduct’ that should be used to regulate the blogging community. In the first article on the front page it says that while some support this idea, others are less than happy to be controlled in such a way and feel that the freedom of expression offered by blogging will be lost. The idea, started by Tim O’Reilly is being dismissed as “well meaning but misguided”. The code is said to ask people not to post anonymous comments and also to not say anything that they would not be able to say in person. This initiative comes after a blogger started to recieve death threats via her blog.

In the second article on page 13 “Bloggers divided over call to be ‘civil in Cyberspace’ elaborates on the previous article showing the difference in opinion surrounding the proposed code. While many high profile bloggers support the code, others say the code would be unenforcable and restrict free speech. As one technology journalist states, the appeal of the blogosphere is in it’s freedom to express your ideas but with that comes the risk of unpleasant behaviour. As mentioned in the prevoius article many dismiss the code as misguided and say it will be very difficult to enforce and control.

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