Yes, You Can Have Too Many Friends

from the backlash dept

In all the fuss about the supposed value of social-networking sites, one factor is seemingly being ignored: what the sites' users make of their growing popularity. Unfortunately for the likes of MySpace and Facebook, it's not all good news, as the problems popularity can bring is leading some users to give up. They say they're overwhelmed with advertising and spam, while some Facebook users aren't happy with changes it's made, including the decision to open itself up to everyone, rather than being closed to students or employees of certain companies. MySpace and Facebook's growth is slowing, and traffic at the sites fell in September, though their execs say it's just a seasonal issue because kids were going back to school (which you'd think might increase their use of Facebook, but apparently not). So despite all the money being thrown around in this space, it's still got plenty of issues to work out, the biggest being just how to monetize their traffic. It's easy to slap ads all over the place, but it's much more difficult to do it without alienating the users generating all that traffic.

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    MYSPACE ROCKS!!@! OH-EM-JEE$%%, 26 Oct 2006 @ 12:26pm

    "Auto accident? Overweight? Too stupid to not see the sign that says 'no entry'? Need a lawyer? Just click 'add friend' for your friends here at (insert blood sucker firm here) Law Offices and keep up to date on our current cases and music interests!"

    **Future of myspace**

    "Google has 35004946 friends on its network"

    "You are friends with **** pornstars without your knowing and are downloading ### trojans and viruses onto your computer currently"

    **Wait 6 months and this will all be true**

    Kill the MTV generation and everyone that's ever been on "my sweet 16", take their money, and right the world again by giving it all to people with creativity and intellect.

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