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By William Skidelsky   September 2007

Space, face

It is interesting, and surely not coincidental, that the two most talked-about websites of recent times—MySpace and Facebook—have the titles that they do. In their original definitions, the words “space” and “face” both refer to physical entities. A large part of the appeal of both websites is that they are virtual re-creations of physical objects: in MySpace’s case, the high-school bulletin or message board; in Facebook’s case, the college yearbook. So it is not surprising that the creators of these sites should have chosen names that reinforce the idea that they are somehow grounded in the physical world.

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