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I guess this is one way to deal with a controversy — bring in newbies who don’t have any preconceived expectations. But it does highlight a fundamental problem — how does one simultaneously balance exclusivity with the notion of social networking? Site Previously for Students Will Be Opened to Others
Facebook, the popular social networking Web site that has mainly focused on college students, is preparing to open its membership to everyone.
The move is meant to help the site expand, but it risks undercutting one of its attractions: it has been more exclusive and somewhat more protected than MySpace, its larger and more freewheeling rival.
[...] Facebook plans to expand its membership within a month. It had planned to open its doors wider today but postponed the decision after new features begun last week provoked protests among members who complained that the changes revealed too much personal information. The site quickly introduced new options that allowed users to control how information about them is displayed.
Facebook members create pages that often contain their telephone numbers, photographs, personal musings and comments left by friends. Unlike MySpace, which displays a memberâ€™s page to any other member, Facebook shows the full profile only to a userâ€™s friends and to others in his or her â€œnetworkâ€ â€” a school or sometimes an employer. Others can see only limited information about a user.
Mr. Zuckerberg, Facebookâ€™s chief executive, said in an interview that the company needed to relax its membership rules in order to keep up with its existing members after they graduate from college and get jobs. While these users have always been allowed to remain members, new friends made by the members after graduation were not always eligible to join.
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