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MySpace is a popular social networking web site where people connect with friends and make new ones. This page is an introduction on how to use MySpace.MySpace allows people to connect with their friends and make new ones. Users on MySpace have a personal page where they can post information about themselves, pictures, music and video clips and other information. They can also create a blog which entries are displayed on their personal page. Having a presence on MySpace will allow you to interact with existing friends, as well as giving you a platform to meet new friends.Using MySpace is easy. Simply sign up for an account following the steps below and start connecting with your friends and making new ones.

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Step 1: Signing Up

  • It's easy to use MySpace. Signing up for an account takes only a few minutes. It's up to you how involved you want to get in MySpace and how much you want to develop your personal profile page.
  1. Sign up for an account. To create a basic profile, you will be asked to enter some information about yourself, such as name, gender, birth date and e-mail address. You will also be asked to choose a password.
  2. During the signing up process, you will be asked if you want to upload a photo. You will also be asked if you want to add your friends.

Step 2: Adding Friends

  • Next you will want to add friends to your account.
  1. To add friends to your network, search by their e-mail address or name. You can also import an address book from your e-mail account and MySpace search for you.
  2. MySpace also allows you to search by categories such as school or business.
  3. When finding someone you know on MySpace, Click on "add to friends" on the person's contact information. He or she can either decline or agree.

Step 3: Making Friends

  • You can also make new friends on MySpace.
  1. One option is to browse through different users by searching using different criteria.
  2. Another option is to join forums on MySpace to meet friends.
  3. You can also join groups, which are sorted by different topics, to make friends.
  4. When meeting someone you are interested in, follow the same process of clicking on "add to friends".

Step 4: Your Profile Page

  • To let others know more about you and to alllow friends to get to know you better, develop your profile page.
  1. There are many options for your profile page. For example, you can add a photo gallery, embed videos, and post audio clips.
  2. Make use of your MySpace blog. Create blog entries to share your thoughts and opinions. Links to some of the blog entries will be posted on your profile page.
  3. Your friends will also help you to develop your page by posting comments on your profile page.

Step 5: Other Features

  • After you get used to connecting with friends and developing your profile page, MySpace offers a variety of other features. You can visit pages of your favorite artists, post and search for events in your area, play games and much more. (See below for more info)

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~ MYSPACE INFO IN DEPTH ~

  Did you know?

*If MySpace were a country, it would be the 8th largest in the world.

*MySpace has over 40 billion page views monthly.

*Google signed a $900 million deal to have their name advertised throughout MySpace.

*MySpace is available in 15 different languages.

*MySpace was bought by News Corp, the parent company of Fox Broadcasting, for $580 million.

*MySpace employs over 300 workers.

*As of January 2009, Myspace users as a whole spent an approximate 20.1 billion minutes on the site per month.            

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History of MySpace

 Myspace was originally started by eUniverse in 1998. At the launch, the project leads were Chris DeWolfe, Tom Anderson, and Josh Berman. When it launched, Social Networking had not yet come into it's own on the internet; making marketing it quite difficult. Initially, the eUniverse team members themselves evangelized their product, have contests to see which of them could sign up the most users. As it progressed, it seemed less and less likely that MySpace would be able to turn a profit. Indeed, prior to 2003, it didn't even make a blip on the traffic radar of the internet. November of 2003 was where it's very existence became evident. Slightly prior to that, it was actually losing ground as far as traffic went. Traffic then grew at a steady rate until around November of 2005, where traffic started a steep climb to the top. As is the nature of social applications and websites, it was experiencing the viral growth that generally leads to success. Sure enough, traffic continued climbing at an ever increasing rate until eventually, MySpace was solidly planted within the top 10 most visited sites on the internet.

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Tips to Go from MySpace Newbie to MySpace Pro

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  • Get signed up: You need a computer with access to the Internet and an e-mail address.
  • Fill in your profile: Add information to your page that tells a little about yourself.
  • Add a profile photo: Put your smiling face on your MySpace profile page.
  • Add a profile song: Search MySpace for your favorite artist and share a song on your page.
  • Add a profile video: Nothing can tell your story better than a well composed (or slightly goofy) video.
  • Fill up your Friends List: Search for friends and invite them to your profile.
  • Launch your blog: Share a thought with the world or with just a few friends
  • Keep in contact with your friends: Send mail messages to individual friends — or post a bulletin for all your friends to see.
  • Post an event and invite friends: Are you throwing a party or going to a show? Set up an event for the world to see or just for your friends to know about and then send invitations.
  • Customize your page: Dress up your drab MySpace page with colors, images, and text of your choosing.
  • Shore up your security: MySpace’s account settings let you set your profile so it’s viewable only to friends.

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How to Make Your MySpace Profile Secure
Alter your MySpace profile settings to limit who can see the information you post to the site; you'll increase your online security. Keep your MySpace page safe from unwanted contact by using the following tips:

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  • "Customize Profile",
  • view "Comments,"
  • view "My Photos,"
  • view "My Videos,"
  • view "My Blog,"
  • view "My favorites,"
  • view "My Apps."
    Here is an example of profile options, from Tom's personal page
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    View name, quote, age, hometown, date of last log-in, mood, and photos



     Read personal information, interests, favorites

    Post a comment for the friend to read upon log-in
     
    Listen to music or view the friend's favorite songs and music videos


MySpace Music: 


 Myspace Music: The final three links on the menu bar are called "Music," "Videos," and "More."

The "Music" link directs users straight to the "MySpace Music" site. This page designed for artists and fans alike.
Here artists can post their music, videos, tour dates, and album releases among other related pieces of information to their profiles for their fans, as well as record labels who wish to sign any unsigned artists, to view.
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Any aspiring artists or average person can upload their music, recordings, or routines onto MySpace Music.
It's a great tool to reach millions of people and bands across the globe. 
MySpace music also gives users the option to create their own playlist for their profiles, as seen on Tom's page.

Myspace Videos: The next link is called "Videos" and will transfer the user directly to www.myspacetv.com.

This site allows the user to upload original or personalized videos for public view, as well as professional shows such as SNL's Nikey Turkey skit pictured here.


These videos can also be linked directly to a personal MySpace account to play on their profile page.
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How MySpace can be used with multiple applications

In this page one can learn how to use MySpace. This page will show multiple applications available on MySpace. Some of these applications are key to fully enjoying one's MySpace experience. 

Users can access the applications menu and browse through and choose which applications to add to their account.

New ways to use MySpace

MySpace allows for users to customize their page in various ways.  Users can upload videos of themselves or their friends, change their profile picture, and add new pictures.  MySpace also allows its users to customize their web pages with pre-made profile designs, customized HTML codes, and music; allowing for an extremely personal page.

Myspace Mobile:

Now Myspace users can be connected anytime, anywhere, through mobile phones. Using Myspace Mobile, or m.myspace.com, users have access to myspace on the go, optimized from any phone. With m.myspace.com, users can:

 

-          View and send messages

-          Browse photos

-          Update your mood and status

-          View friend profiles

-          Approve friend requests

-          Send bulletins

-          Read and post blogs

 

All a user needs to have access to Myspace Mobile is a mobile phone with internet browser with data service from phone carrier. Most phones will have a "web", "internet", or "browser" icon in the menu. The user should select this icon, and then enter m.myspace.com into the browser and login using the same login as their regular myspace account.

Myspace on the iphone and ipod:

Myspace is also available on the iphone and ipod as an application. It is free and simple to use. The user can just click on the application, which is the myspace icon, and login with thier regular username and password.

This Myspace icon for the application will look like this:

 

How to Upload Videos and music:

1. Go to your homepage on MySpace and click on "View My Videos," or click the Video link in the menu bar.

2. You will click on the "Upload Videos" button in the top right corner of the page.

3. You will be asked to give a description on your video such as title, category of video, description, etc.

4. Browse for the video on the PC, select the file, and then click "Upload".

5. Users can also choose to record a new video using their web cam.

6. Once uploaded, the video will appear on the users account. 

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Who Is Using MySpace?

With social networking pages growing in popularity, one might wonder, "Who uses these websites?" The typical MySpace users are teens and young adults looking for a sense of "community." It should be noted, however, that MySpace has a minimum age requirement of 14 to sign up. Regardless, some young teens find ways to get around these rules and about 11.9 % of MySpace users are from the age of 12-17. In addition to social networking, many bands use MySpace as a means of publicity, as well as to disseminate their music across the Internet.

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Audience Ages

Total Internet

Total MySpace.com

12-17

9.6%

11.9%

18-24

11.3%

18.1%

25-34

14.5%

16.7%

35-54

38.5%

40.6%

55+

18.0%

11.0%

Global Usage

Wiki MarkupMySpace has many global uses and is available in many different countries.&nbsp;In  In other words, the ability to partake in a free networking service that allows users to create "profile" pages, upload photographs, music, videos and much more is available to many nations and ethnic groups. This site can also be used to "meet" new friends on a global scale. MySpace can be used to stay in touch with pen pals. Because of these reasons, MySpace has grown tremendously on a global level. In fact, public test pages were opened in Germany and France in September of 2007. MySpace already has a presence in Britain, Australia and Ireland.\[12\] The MySpace company plans to continue to expand globally. The reality is, if MySpace continues to come up with unique features and educational uses it will only continue to grow into a larger and more prominent networking service.

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MySpace Lesson Plans

Secondary Schools 

Agriculture Class

Overview

For this project, students will learn how to research and create a biography of an United States Department of Agriculture employee.  This will teach them research skills, and information about current and former employees that worked in the house.  This will take about two- three 70 minute class periods.

Objective

After completing this assignment, students will know how to correctly access and site information from both printed and internet resources, and will have  completed a written paper  with correct Standard English five paragraphs about their selected employee. 

Standards

10.4.4 - Use clear research questions and suitable research methods, including the investigation of text and electronic resources and the conducting of personal interviews, to compile and present evidence from primary and secondary print or Internet sources. 
10.4.7 - Integrate quotations and citations into a written text while maintaining the flow of ideas. 
10.4.8 - Use appropriate conventions for documentation in text, notes, and bibliographies following the formats in different style manuals. 
10.4.9 - Use a computer to design and publish documents by using advanced publishing software and graphic programs.

Materials 

  • Access to a computer that allows MySpace, as well as the internet.
  • A library
  • Word Processor

Procedure

  1.  Have students choose an United States Department of Agriculture employee, either alive or deceased, that they would like to learn more about.
  2. Once chosen, students should research the employee's life, works, accomplishments, hardships, what they have done to help with Agriculture, etc.
  3. Instruction of how to get onto MySpace.
  4. Instruct the students on how to create an account.
  5. Instruct the students on how to edit and c add images and text to their profile
  6. Create a MySpace account under that Employee's name.'
  7. Through the use of MySpace features, students will create an account as if they are the employee.  Writing in the First Person, students will create an "autobiography" of the employee, incorporating favorites relevant to the time period of the employee.
  8.  The students will then be asked to improve the appearance of their profile; they should add color, a background, pictures, and/or videos to enhance their profile.
  9. Show the students how to add and accept “friend” requests.
  10. Instruct the students to add every student in the class, in order to view their employees  profile.
  11. Instruct the students to save their work and view other student’s profiles
  12. After all the pages have been completed, students and each student to their page and will view their classmates' pages to learn more about the various employees.
  13. Have students create a separate short bibliography of the websites and books used to complete their project.

Evaluation

Through revision processes, students will complete pages with relevant and correct sentences and paragraphs depicting their employee.  Students will be evaluated on how well they portrayed their employee relative to the time period and truth of their statements.  The bibliography will be analyzed for proper APA/MLA citations.  Students will also complete a easement sheet to evaluate other students' pages. 

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MySpace Safety Issues

Online Predators:

Wiki MarkupAccording to Dr. Marcel Chappuis, "Whenever a teenager or child is allowed to communicate with adults (or adults posing as teens/children) during chats, emails, or Instant Messages, a potentially dangerous situation could arise if an online predator pursues them.\[1\]"&nbsp;   On MySpace's safety page, Hemanshu Nigam, MySpace Safety and Security rep, Hemanshu has posted in his blog a Joint Statement on Key Principles of Social Networking Sites Safety, which includes statements about the precautions MySpace has taken to ensure the safety of its users.&nbsp;   On the issue of minor safety, Hemanshu states that,"MySpace has implemented technologies and procedures to help prevent children under 14 from using MySpace and to help protect minors age 14 and above from exposure to inappropriate content and unwanted contact by adults.\[2\]"&nbsp;   Because of the possibility students will encounter predators online, it is important to talk to them about precautions they must take.&nbsp;   MySpace isn't the only place for young adults to encounter scams and predators, but it is incredibly important for students to be careful who they add and talk to while online.&nbsp;   MySpace, in conjunction with iKeepSafe, an online safety organization designed to help parents keep their children safe online, posted on their safety page, an online PSA about talking to students about the safety issues with meeting people online, linked to below.

Wiki Markup[Don't Stop the Dialogue Video|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ejQRcFTFlc]\[3\]

According to ComScore.com, 51.6% if MySpace users are registered as 35 years old and older, and 11.9% are ages 12 to 17.  This in an alarming rate for parents concerned that their student's page can be accessed by an online predator.  Fortunately there are steps that can be taken, and have been taken, to lower the risk to our children.  As a teacher planning on using MySpace, be sure to talk to students about the dangers involved with meeting and interacting with people who they do not know on MySpace, even if they have a cute profile picture and seem incredibly friendly.

Wiki MarkupAccording to _Teens Get Savvy about Online Safety,_ 66% of teens who have a profile on a social networking site have set their profile to private\[4\].&nbsp;   Although this number is relatively high, be sure that your students use the safety features available on MySpace and block their profiles to anyone who does not know their personal e-mail address and last name.&nbsp;   This will insure that only classmates and personal friends can find and add your students as friends.

Page Content:

It is important to realize that everyone can view a MySpace page if unrestricted, and that no content on MySpace is intended to be private. This raises an issue in personal privacy regarding photos, blogs, and user opinions.  As students create their pages for the class project,  it is strongly recommended that certain guidelines be set regarding what content will be allowed.  When accessing MySpace for the first time, students will discover a plethora of information that can be added to their pages.  Here is a list of some items displayed on a personal page, as well as suggestions on how to monitor them.

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Profile Themes - Profile Themes are offered through MySpace and are pre-edited codes to change the background and text boxes of a user page.  All of the provided themes are tasteful, so allowing students to express themselves through these themes would be reasonable.  The site also gives users a chance to edit existing theme colors and photos.

Teacher Concerns:

As a teacher on MySpace, it is important to assure students that you will not be accessing their private MySpace pages.  Even though it is public domain, there are trust issues involved that don't need to be breached because of a little curiosity.  Assuring students that they are free to have a private MySpace page where they can express themselves in whatever ways they wish is important to implementing MySpace in the class room.

Links:

MySpace Safety Home Page

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References

Wiki Markup\[1\] Chappuis, Ph.D., Marcel C. (2008). MySpace Safety. Retrieved November 12, 2008, from TeenHelp.com Web site: [http://www.teenhelp.com/teen-issues/myspace-safety.html]

Wiki Markup\[2\] Nigam, Hemanshu. (2008, April 22). Joint Statement on Key Principles of Social Networking Sites Safety Message posted to [http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=140932647&blogID=383588515]

Wiki Markup\[3\] ikeepsafeorg, (2008, April 16). YouTube. Retrieved November 12, 2008, from Don't Stop the Dialogue Web site: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ejQRcFTFlc]

Wiki Markup\[4\] Turner, Niel (2008, September 12). MySpace Safety Tips. Retrieved November 14, 2008, from MySpaceSafetyTips Web site: [http://www.myspacesafetytips.com]

Wiki Markup\[5\] Brooks, David. "Bondage and Bonding Online." +The New York Times+. 8 Jan. 2006. 12 Nov. 2008 <[http://select.nytimes.com/2006/01/08/opinion/08brooks.html]>.

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[11\] Anderson, T (2006,09 12). Allaboutmyspace. Retrieved November 12,2008, from MySpace Web site: http://www.myspace.com/Modules/Help/Pages/HelpCenter.aspx?Category=2&Question

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