myspace safety

Are you a friend of Tom?

MySpace Safety
51 Tips For Teens and Parents
Farnham and Farnham
2006

It’s been a while since I came across a MySpace book in the wild. I have a feeling I am probably the first one to check this book out in over a decade. Aside from the less than inspiring cover, this book probably did an adequate job explaining the basic security and privacy concerns. Why it is still hanging out in a public library collection is beyond me. This is one of those obvious weeds. Even if your particular service population is all about MySpace, I doubt this book from 2006 is any help.

I did take a peek at MySpace and it doesn’t even resemble the MySpace of 2006. The content now focuses on the entertainment industry. I tried searching for my old account, but I think it is gone to time. Also, I can’t remember what I did with mine. I only made an account to show people how to set up an account. Oh well. I guess I can’t call my friend Tom anymore.

how to make real money in 2nd Life cover

Second Life Income

How to Make Real Money in Second Life
Freedman
2008

This one is mine. I had been neglecting my weeding and found this floating around my computer books. This book was purchased and added to the collection in 2008 and it had exactly 2 circs. I guess no one wanted to make real money in Second Life. I had weeded another Second Life book back in the day, and it sounded like there were still core folks using this platform. It also sounded like it was very different from the old days.

dangers on the internet

Internet tips for kids

Dangers on the Internet
Staying safe on-line
Rothman
2000

This is part of one of those series that tackle issues for teens. This book was just fine for the early 2000s. It was before Facebook and other social media, which presents its own kind of “danger.” This book really doesn’t address dangers, but more is about standards of behavior. It also assumes that the kids are low tech, which isn’t necessarily wrong for the time. This book is really not helpful anymore.

Amp Your MaySpace Page cover

MySpace

Amp Your Myspace Page: Essential Tools for Giving Your Profile an Extreme Makeover
Butow and Bellomo
2008

Submitter: *Sigh* Well, where to begin? This sad thing was withdrawn from the Science and Technology section of the public library I work in in May of this year. Firstly, it’s horribly outdated and taking up good shelf space when we desperately need good, up-to-date books on IT. Secondly, its 292 pages are filled with information on how to add those annoying gifs and loud music to your profile page that everyone hated at the time. Finally, the stock photo of the smug-looking yuppie guy manages to be only slightly less cringey than the awkward use of the word “amp” in the title. It was never borrowed once during its sad six years in the public library system.

Holly: Was MySpace still a thing in 2008? Barely. This one was doomed before it was ever published. I can see having one or two brand new myspace books that emphasize its use in the music industry, but this book shows the MySpace of yesteryear. Useless. (And YES, those crazy background images and auto-play music files were seriously obnoxious!)