Thursday, January 18, 2007

myspace or yourspace?

This whole computer age stuff can sometimes be so confusing. I still remember going through an operator to make a local phone call--and my grandparents had a party line on their phone (their ring was one long and two shorts). So, being able to do all this comunicating in cyberspace seems unreal.

Should libraries use myspace? I really agree with those who stated that if the kids don't want you there, they will just ignore you. But, if the site and info connect with just 1% of those out there, it would be worthwhile. However, I think people are only fooling themselves if they think they can "relive" their teen years by being "one of them". I'm almost (sob!) 60, and for me to post on myspace (disguising myself as a 25 year old library), I think would be a little ridiculous. But, on the other hand, some of my twenty-something co-workers should feel right at home on myspace. I feel as if I'm rambling (but, I must get in my 150 words!).

I think that each library and librarian must decide on the target audience, and then figure out if myspace is the space for them.


eyeoh said...

There is a generational gap in interest when it comes to MySpace. For instance, my oldest daughter is 16, and loves it. My dog, however, is around 49 in human years, and she's never even attempted to create a space. Go figure.

Age is only a # said...

Vicki, If it helps, i was just told by Bobbi that the 150 words is just a mark to aim for, not a requirement. They just basically want us to come across with enough information to show what we have learned, not make us slaves to the count. Blog on!

Tammy said...

Hi Becky, If it makes you feel any better, I remember having a party line in my house and at my grandparents too and I'm only 35. I think it's a rural thing as much as age. Also, I'm not all that interested in MySpace either and would not have ever made an account if not for this lesson. But it will help if anyone asks for assistance at the PCC. At least I'll have some idea of what to do.