MySpace The Sordid Tale of Lies and Spam

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It's either going to pop the bubble on social sites like MySpace or turn into one heck of a lawsuit, but according to Trent Lapinski who will be publishing on ValleyWag, MySpace ain't all it's cracked up to be.

According to Trent and Valleywag here are the highlights on what News Corp doesn't want you to know:

1. MySpace is NOT a viral success.
2. MySpace.com is Spam 2.0.
3. Tom Anderson did NOT create MySpace.
4. MySpace's CEO Chris DeWolfe is connected to a past of spam.
5. MySpace was a direct assault on Friendster.com.

The preliminary article is a little light on the details and heavy on the accusations. Let's hope the legal team dots the "i"'s and crosses the "t"'s when the final version is published or things could get ugly.

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Ah, so it's true that the

Ah, so it's true that the best use of MySpace is to upsell to Adult Friend Finder?

oh me oh my - myspace

oh me oh my - myspace marketed to it's existing clients? and it runs ads? burn the witches!!!

How does this change anything?

I have never heard or have been fed the idea that myspace was an original idea developed by a friendly group of web crusadors.

They started and run their company using successful business strategies.

The article sounds way bias. For example point 5, another way to word that is that MySpace is a competitor of Friendster. Who doesn't list and analyze their competitors in their business plan? Myspace is in my site's business plan... and you know what? I am going to be spamming myspace accounts to get my members.

scandal.

Quote:

1. Valleywag is a viral success.
2. Valleywag.com is Gossip and Innuendo 2.0.
3. Gurtie did NOT create Valleywag but sure as hell wishes she had the funding
4. Valleywags's writer Nick Douglas is connected to a past of er, college journalism.
5. Valleywag was a direct assault on Gray Hat News

ok - point 5 may be a lie

Are you implying..

Quote:
3. Gurtie did NOT create Valleywag but sure as hell wishes she had the funding

...that they had funding to set up that badly designed, advert ridden, blog.

I'd say that most TW members could have knocked up something better than that in a week.

websites are cheap

being in the right place and taking the right people to lunch costs a bit of money :)

Competition

Did i miss the point of this article. Everyone of us can go build a myspace right now... its all competition, and if you of you are lucky enough to get bought out by a big media group then good for you.

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