Here Come The MySpace Rip-Offs

from the there's-a-kitt-joke-in-here-somewhere dept

All these social-networking sites are slightly incestuous, and they all tend to evolve in the same general direction, adding the same features and thriving, then suffering from their faddish natures. MySpace is but the latest example, propelled to the forefront by a big-name, big-bucks acquisition and a rash of publicity. Now, if it didn't already look like there was a social-networking bubble, here come the MySpace copycats. First out of the blocks is "CarSpace.com", a site from a well-know automobile content provider for people to -- you guessed it -- get all revved up about cars. It features all the features you'd expect on a site like MySpace, but geared towards letting people make car friends. While the company says it's getting a lot of interest from advertisers, basing any strategy on the success of MySpace might be misguided. We've wondered before why, with MySpace's supposed huge amounts of traffic, its ad revenues were so low, and plenty of questions are being asked about how popular MySpace really is. There's little doubt that it's a hit with young people, but so have plenty of other things before, and plenty of social-networking sites. Some people just need to keep in mind that riding a fad doesn't equal building a sustainable, long-term business.

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    honest, 27 Feb 2006 @ 5:01pm

    Re: Myspace vs Facebook

    Myspace has more creepy people, but people share less real information(aka first and last names) while facebook has real information, and creates an illusion of additional security.
    Facebook has a very shady privacy policy...
    Anyone that uses facebook should actually look at the privacy statment...
    "Facebook may also collect information about you from other sources, such as newspapers, blogs, instant messaging services, and other users of the Facebook service through the operation of the service (e.g., photo tags) in order to provide you with more useful information and a more personalized experience. "
    and
    "We may use information about you that we collect from other sources, including but not limited to newspapers and Internet sources such as blogs, instant messaging services and other users of Facebook, to supplement your profile."
    and
    "This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents or government agencies."
    and my final point is that you cannot delete your facebook crap... you can only deactivate it!
    "Individuals who wish to deactivate their Facebook account may do so on the My Privacy page. Removed information may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time but will not be generally available to members of Facebook."

    Myspace tends to have a less shady privacy policy.

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