MySpace: No Longer Just a Place for Friends

Your friendly neighborhood social media pest is back again. This time with some information about MySpace News. The story was passed along to me by Problogger Darren Rowse who saw it over at Search Engine Journal.

MySpace News allows potential sources to submit their websites or feeds for consideration as news sources – which I’ll wait here patiently while you go do. Back? Good. The SEJ story also reveals the critical bit of information that might be overlooked:

Users have to be MySpace members to vote, but MySpace is also tracking votes by user IP or Cookie(my vote is still registered and personalized after logging out of MySpace), so don’t try spamming MySpace News via multiple MySpace accounts.

In essence, MySpace has created a service that will be exposed only to Tom (the creator of MySpace) and 60M of his closest friends – a large exclusive crowd that will likely be exclusively paying attention to it now that their service provides it.

What does this mean to you? Well, maybe nothing. It all depends on how much reach you want to have into that community. If you’re an independent recording artist, chances are it’s important. If you’re a blogger that writes in tech or pop culture, chances are it’s important. If you’re a presidential candidate looking for an exclusive audience in a group that has not necessarily been gripped by traditional campaign efforts, chances are it’s important.

I’m just saying.

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Aaron Brazell
About Aaron Brazell
Aaron Brazell is the author of The WordPress Bible and longtime proprietor of the TechnoSailor blog. He was OTB's IT guru for years and blogged here occasionally from January 2005 to April 2007. Follow him on Twitter @technosailor.

Comments

  1. James Joyner says:

    Interesting. I’ve submitted OTB and Gone Hollywood to see what happens!

  2. I submitted Technosailor too. As our sites are very different, I’d be interested to compare notes with you a month or two down the road and see what kind of uptake there is for the different topics.

  3. James Joyner says:

    OTB was in GoogleNews for a few months until they purged most of the blogs. It was a pretty substantial traffic boost at the time, especially in the early days before they changed their metric as I often made the front page.

  4. caferineeee says:

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