The Aging Brain Meets The Future of Social Networking

By Carl Zimmer | September 27, 2007 12:52 am

A while back I mentioned I’ve gotten a Facebook page and a Myspace page. They’ve been fun to toy around with, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re a harbinger of how we will all trawl for online information in the future. But to those who are asking to be friends at Myspace, leaving messages for me, or just wondeirng why the page is just so lame, I’m sorry to report that I haven’t been able to log in for a few days. If my kids were just a couple years older, I’m sure I’d have all the tech support I needed to deal with this. But for now, or at least until the MySpace minions come to my aid, it’s all about Facebook.


Comments (6)

  1. The aging brain IS the future of social networks.

    When we reach a critical mass of grown-ups social networks will become useful.
    Instead of juvenile twittering we can have virtual communities who know things and the social network provides easy delivery of this knowledge.
    My blog is a lonely campaign to point out the benefits of computing for adults and to poke fun at youngsters

  2. My brief experience with Myspace was all bad. Where Facebook has a well-designed interface, Myspace took me nearly an hour of clicking random links to change my password.

    Myspace seems to be mostly the hangout of angsty teens, while Facebook tends to attract real people as well. 😉 I’ll take the occasional annoying advert over bandwidth-guzzling slideshows and music any day.

    Hmm, I had a real point when I started writing this comment, but it has managed to escape. Maybe I’ll post again if it comes back.

  3. Cairnarvon

    Myspace is made of bugs and shitty coding. If you’re unable to log in, odds are good it’s a problem on Myspace’s end, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

  4. Carl, as many others here, I have had trouble with MySpace – immediately after registration, in fact. The user support never helped – actually, never replied to my queries.

    Facebook, on the countrary, works like a charm.

  5. MySpace and Facebook are both interesting experiments from a social science perspective. I wonder if most users would agree that MySpace is more about teenage bravado and finding out about music and celebs, while Facebook is kind of a fun version of LinkedIn?


  6. You might want to check out ResearchCrossroads ( where they’ve downloaded publicly funded research and pro-actively created researcher profiles. Kind of a MySpace for research, but geared to researchers without all the MySpace/Facebook clutter.


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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