The Social Network White People Used to Go To

Dayo Olopade has a provocative, but I think wrongheaded piece about the migration from MySpace to Facebook:

MySpace is no longer cool. As a matter of fact, its number of users is now one-half the size of rival Facebook. Is this because MySpace is too black for the rest of America? Teenage Internet users may hold the answer. High-schoolers report their use of the social-networking giants along racial linesMySpace is seen as black, while Facebook is white.

This is the first I’ve ever heard of this phenomenon. I’m against segregation in all its forms, of course, but the reason myself and most other people abandoned MySpace isn’t because it’s “too black,” it’s because it’s horribly designed, awful music plays on every page, and Facebook figured out how to do the same thing only much better.

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