Ephemeral Profiles

While adult bloggers talk about building an identity through extended blogging, i keep finding teens who got locked out of Xanga and responded by making another Xanga (or a Blogger or a LiveJournal). They have expressions scattered across numerous services with numerous handles. Some teens chew through IM handles like candy; their nicks are things like “o-so-funny” rather than the first name, last name standard that seems to pervade professional worlds. It’s not seen as something to build an extensive identity around, but something to use to talk to friends in the moment.—ephemeral profiles

A very interesting post, first for the content itself, I didn’t realize that teens were “shedding” profiles like that but also interesting in business terms, yet another proof that user numbers, as they are used, don’t mean all that much.

I’d loooove to see MySpace (and Second Life) stats taking into account actual account usage, not just creation. For VomitSpace I’m sure the picture would be completely different, especially merged with the unnecessary click factory correction.

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