Saturday, September 16, 2006

Whose Space?

What new information in regards to MySpace is being revealed in these articles? When 20yr “bloggers” (Web Log authors) spark articles in the NYTimes what implications does this have for the flow of information in our lives? Are MySpace users being deceived? How has your view of MySpace changed? Do website hosts such as MySpace and there.com have moral responsibilities to their users?

16 comments:

Don't Panic said...

I feel appalled at this. I also feel foolish, for having thought that it actually was a free site and they werent making money off of the websites we visit. I dont think it is right how they can make a site and say it is for one thing but have a secret agenda. I also dont like where myspace is going now with all the adds and so forth.

W Brown said...

You must let me know who you are for credit in this class

Zilber.. said...

In this century of knew and very improved ideas and technology, people are always coming up with new and improved ways to make money without the economy knowing or realizing. That is the hidden key. Tom or eUniverse the company that created myspace, has revolutionized the way that companies advertise their products. Myspace sells advertising space to companies that attempt and succeed in tearing your attention to their adds. Even if it was for the breifest amount of time they have accomplished their mission, because when you see this item on the street or in the store, you know that this is whats hot in town, and this is how business corporations choose to attack our young and very dumb population.

Jason Mangubat said...

I liked the article and it was written by Trent Lapinski about News Corp not telling the real story about MySpace.com. Trent was hired by an online publisher as a freelance journalist to write an article by detailing the history and business model of MySpace.com (the project has previously been mentioned on this blog). With numberous problems which is facing the real story about MySpace.com, Trent had to summarize to find out. These are:
1) MySpace is NOT a viral success. It was being created by a company named eUniverse (who later changed their name to Intermix Media).
2) MySpace.com is Spam 2.0. MySpace has spawned an incredibly successful twist on the age-old art of self-promotion, allowing even couraging the marketing of everything from bands to businesses on their site.
3)Tom Anderson did NOT create MySpace. Most users don't know that Tom Anderson is more of a PR scheme than anything else the mascot designed to give a friendier feel to a site created by a marketing company known for viral entertainment websites, pop-up advertising, spam, spyware, and adware.
4)MySpace's CEO Chris DeWolfe is connected to a past of spam and shady business associates and brought those connections to eUniverse/MySpace.
5)MySpace was a direct assult on Friendster.com The major key players in the ultimate development of MySpace have Friendster accounts, and name Friendster and its founder in their original business proposal. The current CEO of MySpace, Chris DeWolfe has been a member of Friendster since June of 2003 (MySpace was not conceived until August of 2003).

W Brown said...

BE mindful that even when commenting on a school blog, you must site sources.

Edwin Genao said...

I am commenting about the Trent Lapinski article.

Trent Lapinski is a journalist who wrote a story about how Myspace.com really was built. How it gained popularity and how they advertise.
They tryed to block his story but he finaly got to publish it.

Jason Mangubat said...

I think this article "Not In The Real World Anymore" is a moneymaking that uses teenagers to make money. Some of the teenagers might be and use this as a social life. All of these companies want to really do is sell things to you. I think it is much better to meet people in real life.

jason mangubat said...

I think this article "Not In The Real World Anymore" is a moneymaking that uses teenagers to make money. Some of the teenagers might not be and use this as a social life. All of these companies want to really do is sell things to you. I think it is much better to meet people in real life.

sharkey said...

I think that myspace is an addiction to some people because what they put on the homepage. They show all the new things that are coming out. They look at what u write to your friends to see what you like. While people believe in this stuff they are making millions on you by going to the ads and clicking on them. They show stuff that you can win by playing a game which is really a device to show them you like that item that you are playing the game for. They are getting the younger kids from ages 12-15 by showing the ads they put on the homepage.

nyshee said...

i think myspace can be like a drug and everyone using it and getting high off it. but people use my space for different reason. but for me i use myspace to hook up with friends that i havent seen in a good while {since the 1st grade} and talk to them about school and life.

Don't Panic said...

Michelle Asciote is Don't Panic

vishnell said...

I have been using myspace for a while. Even though now i know Tom is not the real creator of myspace it doesnt make me feel any less different about myspace. I am not mad at Tom or spam 2.0 for lieing to me. Honestly myspace is still mspace to me. Reading the articles in class i came to realize my whole thinking of myspace on how it was created and who created was wrong. Tom is just someone that got hired so they could use his pictures and make it seem like just any person created myspace. Even though Mr.Brown tried to explain to us how they lied to us and how spam is trying to advertise different things on myspace to get us to buy them i still dont see nothing wrong. Myspace is still the same site to me.

bulka said...

Im not surprised at all that they are working like this, nothing is free these days. I do not look at myspace differently because i knew all along that these types of sites are sponsored by companies looking for easy advertisement. They arent taking any money out of MY pocket, so i dont have a problem with myspace.

christinemullen said...

christine mullen

I feel as a nonmyspace user that every body is just to hooked up in the fact that. Myspace is what is in and if you dont have one that your not cool. Because you cant show off your picture to all of your peers. To stand back and look at how your getting used every second that your on that site.i feel that everyone is just really blind to the facts that are right in front of them.

Corrie said...

As a myspace user I am very shocked to know the facts behind myspace. I feel foolish to actually believe that myspace was a free site to actually chat and do cool things on. But I have to agree that it was a clever idea to have a website for teens where the creators try to advertise certain things like ring tones, cell phones, games, game systems, etc. If I created myspace I would probably have done the same thing because teens are young, naïve, and gullible and would go out and buy the product or get their parents to go by the product for them. Advertisers know how to work their customers and I would like to see what would be next.

Josh said...

As, a Myspace user, I can say with confidence that Myspace is not a potential danger, even with the now known info about it really being a nicely disguised advertising gimmick. Myspace is still fulfilling the duties that the users expect it to. When I sign on to myspace, the only thing that I am thining about is the fact that I want to see what is going on with my friends. I don't think that Myspace has nay moral responsibility to tell us how they make their money or anything else that does not directly affect us. After readiong this article I was more informed about myspace, but it did not change my view on the website.