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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    Nathan Mallamace, 27 Feb 2006 @ 5:29pm

    Thank God for MySpace.

    Just like everything, moderation is best and the same goes for MySpace. MySpace provides a venue for people to express themselves... while there are a lot of creepy people out there you will most likely find them on MySpace too.

    However, there is a lot of censoring of information on the internet. Try searching for certain objectionable words on Google. For example, "Google said Tuesday it will launch versions of its search and news Web sites in China that censor material deemed objectionable to authorities there"

    MySpace allows people to freely express themselves, GOOD & BAD.


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