Referring to what I read about Livingstone`s words (2008), there are may be two question I want to check out; one is how do people use social networking services to construct their identities, and the other is how do social connections form part of those identities? There are both work miracles.
Livingstone（2008）Briefly introduced in his paper that how it work：”In terms of their affordances, social networking sites enable communication among ever-widening circles of contacts, inviting convergence among the hitherto separate activities of email, messaging, website creation, diaries, photo albums and music or video uploading and downloading. From the user`s viewpoint, more than ever before, using media means creating as well as receiving, with user control extending far beyond selecting ready-made, mass produced content. The very language of social relationships is being reframed; today, people construct their ‘profile’, make it ‘public’ or ‘private’, they ‘comment’ or ‘message’ their ‘top friends’ on their ‘wall’, they ‘block’ or ‘add’ people to their network and so forth. It seems that for many, creating and networking online content is becoming an integral means of managing one’s identity, lifestyle and social relations.” People use a lot of social media, such as face book, twitter, MySpace, etc. . . . They will own all kinds of information to fill the page, when people communicate and socialize, they can find a lot of information about the people who want to learn. Photos, gender, lifestyle, hobbies, and so forth, and this information is how people locate their own identity, while also positioning themselves in the eyes of others identity. As before, Livingstone (2008) said: “people construct their ‘profile’, make it ‘public’ or ‘private’, they ‘comment’ or ‘message’ their ‘top friends’ on their ‘wall’, they ‘block’ or ‘add’ people to their network and so forth.” This is in fact how people pass information to construct their identities works. Meanwhile, according to data provided by the article Livingstone, showing both in the United Kingdom or the United States, MySpace is has the most customers to use social media crowd, accessed using the highest number reached 38.4 million in the U.S., 6.5 million in the United Kingdom; Meanwhile, most of the users Age is 12-24 years of age, while the user more women than men. In view of Livingstone`s article advocated “Young people have always devoted attention to the presentation of self.” So, for young people, Facebook, MySpace these social networks is very appropriate to express their own identity, but causing a big problem Some addicted to publish all the information themselves, whether, schedule, dress, all kinds of crazy things, just to attract visitors and unconditional release, the so-called “MySpace generation”, the crazy things that affect young people’s views on, outlook on life. I really feel bad, but helpless.
Facebook Privacy & Identity as a TEDxtalk，which is talk about the Facebook and identity`s relationship and how is work. That will more explan how do people use social networking services to construct their identities, and how do social connections form part of those identities?
Livingstone, S. (2008). Taking Risky Opportunities in Youthful Content Creation: Teenagers’ Use of Social Networking Sites for Intimacy, Privacy and Self-Expression. New Media & Society 10(3), 393-411.