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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-05-2006, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
 
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Who likes MySpace, I do I do

Took a snipet from: http://www.applexnet.com/trent/blog/...article&sid=50

In just a two years MySpace.com has trounced its main competitor, Friendster, to become one of the largest websites on the internet. Now owned by News Corp. but still run by CEO DeWolfe, co-founder and president Anderson, and many former employees from Xdrive, Inc. and ReponseBase, LLC, the site boasts over 40 million members. What makes MySpace so intriguing to its users is that it provides them with all these services for free as well as a profile that they can fully customize and use to display personal information about themselves that friends can comment on and that also links to their friendís profiles. The site even provides these millions of users with free hosting space for images to use in their profiles. All of these features come at zero charge, a business plan that had failed for DeWolfe in the past at Xdrive. Yet MySpace thrives. The site is extremely popular among todayís youth and commands a near cult-like following.

MySpace makes all of their money from advertising. Unlike some sites, MySpace has always also been a part of an advertising company so they have always designed their site with the intention of advertising. One of the key components of advertising and marketing is demographics. Something MySpace users willingly provide. This is why Intermix Media sold for so much more than their actual market value worth, News Corp. was interested in the marketing demographic database that is MySpace. Essentially, MySpace users are filling out marketing profiles that are mined by the company that are then presented as these people's personal webpages. MySpace knows that controlling content on these profiles is essential, which is why they will commonly censor anything they disagree with. Considering MySpace has a considerable amount of bloggers, this is a serious issue for free speech advocates.

MySpace loves HTTP cookies. The use of web cookies is very common; they are simply pieces of data that a website places on one's computer to store information about its user, for the purposes of tracking and recognizing one's visits to the site. However, the use of cookies can extend beyond this benign convience, such as advertising tracking, and it has raised privacy concerns. Advertisers' on MySpace use of cookies, ads, and other code are subject to their own privacy policies, not the MySpace privacy policy. This can lead to computer security issues for when people visit these 3rd party websites they can be subject to receiving adware and spyware. While it has yet to be documented anyone has ever received spyware or adware from the MySpace company itself, many 3rd parties take advantage of MySpace's popularity and awkward coding structure as a venue for distributing said software.

Given Dewolfe's experiences at Xdrive a valuable lesson had been learned: there is no money in giving millions of people costly web hosting space for free, but there is in owning demographic info ranging from just someone's e-mail address to personal information for targeting advertising at them. Upon registering for MySpace.com, one is automatically assigned a "friend," Tom Anderson. According to several interviews easily found on Google with Mr. Anderson, he is the so-called "brains" behind MySpace, second only to DeWolfe. With ResponseBase scrapped and DeWolfe and his team needing a new way to deliver advertising and collect information from users, it is really no surprise that MySpace.com was launched the way it was. To reiterate, "DeWolfe learned while at Xdrive that people will sign up for almost anything that they find useful, and they could care less about the fine print."

By Trent Lapinski. An aspiring journalist and CEO of AppleXnet.com, an alternative Mac tech news, analysis, reviews, and opinion website. Lapinski is currently a college student and resides in Southern California. You can contact Lapinski via e-mail at [email protected].
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Ya, once all those people find out about CLSB, myspace is done for.




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MySpace = Fad ... it will go away.
Nah I don't think so. It's a jewel of customer names, emails, and more. With 40 million members it won't be gone any time soon, nor will advertisers let it be gone
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I hate myspace.

Now saying that, it's not going anywhere. Most of the people I know use it. I know alot of people that use it to host their music and band information, which is actually pretty cool.
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I did not want to get suckered into discussing it, but MySpace is like friendster, orkut, LJ and everything else that is wrong with the Internet. While I like having a personal space and it has become a blog for the past 2 years (it used to be my own "personal webpage before" since 1997...) My Space makes me cringe every time I have seen one of those pages.

Poorly constructed, bad code nightmare, visually nauseating, (music and video) shoved down my throat, not to mention tons of ugly freaking people. It is Internet crack. If you want to promote your band, your product or anything else there are better ways to do it... IMHO

While it might have a lot of demographic data, it will get corrupt (pornographers, people selling pills, casino, etc) that plus people misrepresenting who they are... what is data worth if it is a bunch of lies? The people that are there might be "consumers" but not the kind that will really buy products.

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I've never checked it much. If I made an account I'd probably make it's own special Yahoo/hotmail email address, just to see how much junk mail you really get from there!

You have to remember that demographic (15-25) is a gold mine for people peddling consumer information. That's all they are doing really, selling the information. They aren't selling directly TO you, but selling that email account you set up with them.

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Myspace....looks like the easiest way to get a VD on the Internet.

It is hookup central, believe it.

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I know a lot of people that have it, personally i dont have it.... but my friends are telling me it's cool and should creat a profile. I guess once my friend created a profile she said she started looking up people and she ran into a lot of old high school buddies and they ran into her. You can pretty much do anything on it, say post anything... kinda cool. Crazy how many people are on it though, and no i dont think it's goin anywhere for a while either.
First there was im'ing people... look how far that went! Then there was Livejournals.... which are still around. Now the MySpace, letting you have space on the web for your own personal prefrence.... plus the kicker is that all of these are free!

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a few simple changes and everyones profile page can become there own myspace area!! then CLSB will be to fo shizzell!!



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Myspace is almost as cool as match.com or adultfriendfinder -

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First, please check out my friends myspace.com site! I laughed so hard a little pee came out! ! !




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hahaha, that is funny as hell
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How did I miss this??!?!?!!!! Your friend has some major problems!!

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MySpace = Fad ... it will go away.
I don't think so. From a marketing point of view people on the net have been trying to find a piece of cyber space to individulized for themselves all the time. Even Yahoo is trying to get in with their 360 pages. It'll be around for a while. I imagine it'll grow like Saturn did for GM.
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