Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Popularity on the Web

Social networks abound on the Internet. Between MySpace, Second Life, and personal blogs, it’s easy to make “friends” on the Web. Enter popularity contests. Users can gauge “worthiness” by seeing how many friends or comments or Diggs a site rates. As Seth Godin noted, “There’s really very little point in trying to have more friends than anyone else at MySpace.” I read recently, though, that one can buy MySpace friends, which would indicate that someone must think there is a point, even of some of us don’t see it.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very interesting blog. Where do you stand on the popularity spectrum. Are you in it for the popularity or for the experience.

-Neo

Leigh Vesta said...

Good question, Neo. I don't worry about my own popularity on the Web. If people find my blog, fantastic! If they don't, I'm not hurt. I started my blog as a way to fulfill my writer within and, because I work in the web world, I take on hobbies like this to learn.

That said, I'm quite thrilled that anyone has found my blog at all, and I hope I can keep my readers happy. I'm enjoying the experience.

Leigh

Anonymous said...

You sound like a very interesting person. I enjoy reading your Blog. Keep up the writing.

- Neo

Leigh said...

Thanks, Neo. I appreciate your posts. Hope to see you back.

Darren said...

Some people buy 'friends' on MySpace so that they can send bulletins to thousands of these friends that they have um made.

In my opinion, it's just another form of spam.

Leigh said...

Welcome, Darren! Buying friends to receive bulletins- what is this world coming to. Is there a prize for the one who collects the most yearbook signatures?