Fred has additional FaceBook observations, with measures to back them, on the ibiblog. This is a very lengthy and wise follow up on Freshman behavior in regards to privacy and disclosure.
One interesting fact that Fred points out: Of nearly 400 personal websites reported “Not one freshman reports using his or her UNC provided webspace.”
Just observing my students, I notice that reliance on UNC services such as mail and webspace has declined and in many cases vanished entirely.
We require that students have an ONYEN and that they recieve mail at a unc.edu address, but more often than not the unc.edu address is a forward to an account (yahoo, hotmail, gmail etc) that the student has had since high school or earlier.
Similarly, students with web space take advantage of a service that they have had before coming to UNC and expect to have after leaving UNC.
Why? In part because the Only Name Youâ€™ll Ever Need (ONYEN) is only temporary. It vanishes when you leave UNC and with it your email and website â€” and without forwarding of either.
Students — and other users — see their websites and email as more of less permanent (â€ťI want my friends to find meâ€ť etc) and the UNC solution as transient.
[end of comment on ibiblog]
The virtual communites of UNC students are mostly privately managed by free email services, web hosting services, blogging services and photo services — as well as, and I don’t recall if Fred has measured this, Instant Messaging services. Of these services, UNC offers only email and limited web hosting.