I have a MySpace account. I never use it. I opened it to see what MySpace was all about. We had just done a story about predators trolling there.
I scouted around and within a few minutes saw the profile of an 18 year old girl. Except, she listed her school – a middle school. It’s both sad and scary.
From time-to-time I’ll get an email from MySpace telling me I have an email on their site. It’s nearly 100% spam¹. I’m getting to the point where I don’t even bother to check.
I have a Facebook account as well. Again, I don’t use it. In order to sign up, I needed an educational email address, which I had from Mississippi State. It still works!
A few people I know have signed on as friends. A few people I don’t know have asked to be my friend. I’m unsure what to do. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.
Is a friend on MySpace or Facebook really a friend? Is the word friend, as used on these websites, interchangeable with the word friend we’ve always used? Is this the real future of friendship?
I don’t know what I’m supposed to do on these sites. That’s just a sign of my advanced age, right? Maybe there’s really nothing to do… or I do it here by keeping my blog.
I know Stef has an active Facebook life. I know because she’s told me. As a good father, I stay away.
Maybe I’m better off that way.
¹ – Unlike my ‘real’ spam, MySpace spam is mainly porn. Porn in real spam has become passe.