Excerpts From Zephoria.org

Excerpts From Zephoria.org

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Zephoria.org is the blog run by social networking guru danah boyd. On Facebook's recent decision to remove an application that tracks purchases, she wrote:

Facebook pushed the boundaries of privacy a bit further and, when public outcry took place, retreated just a wee bit to make people feel more comfortable. In other words, this is "slippery slope" software development. Given what I've learned from interviewing teens and college students over the years, they have *no* idea that these changes are taking place (until an incident occurs). . . . They don't know how to navigate the privacy settings and they don't understand the implications. In other words, defaults are EVERYTHING.

On how teens view texting as an integral part of their friendships:

I'm fascinated by how U.S. teens build intricate models of which friends are available via mobile and which aren't. Teens know who is on what plan, who can be called after 7PM, who can be called after 9PM, who can receive texts, who is over their texting for the month, etc. It's part of their mental model of their social network and knowing this is a core exchange of friendship. Psychologically, all-you-can-eat plans change everything. . . . The weights are lifted and freedom reigns. The result? Zero to a thousand text messages in under a month! Those on all-you-can-eat plans go hog wild. Every mundane thought is transmitted and the phones go buzz buzz buzz. Those with restrictive plans are treated with caution, left out of the fluid communication flow.

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