MySpace Takes on Google News and Digg

MySpace is launching a news aggregator.

MySpace is going into the news business with a service that will scour the internet for news stories and let users vote on which ones receive the most exposure. This approach blends elements of Google News and sites such as Digg and Netscape, which rely on readers to submit stories and determine their prominence. It also marks the site’s ambitions to become a web portal like Yahoo!, providing its users with a front door to the internet.

MySpace, which is owned by News Corp, also the parent company of Times Online, will display headlines from external new sites, a practice that attracted legal challenges when Google used it for its news service.

The news aggregator with social media space is crowded but MySpace, especially with the backing of News Corp, has the base and resources to make it work. Ultimately, this makes more sense than having readers submit stories, which creates both incentives for gaming and arcane rules to thwart gaming.

FILED UNDER: General, , ,
James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

Comments

  1. carpeicthus says:

    Awesome, because I want all the news about Fergie I can get.

    Imagine if Digg were run by pre-pubescents. There you go.

  2. […] Outside Beltway – This approach blends elements of Google News and sites such as Digg and Netscape, which rely on readers to submit stories and determine their prominence. It also marks the site?s ambitions to become a web portal like Yahoo!, providing its users … Read more… […]

  3. […] news.myspace.com As of this writing, an astrology article has top billing on MySpace News. But Yeltsin’s demise did make the home page, at least. News Corp. is taking aim at Google News and Digg with the launch of MySpace News. (Jim Romenesko noted this last week, but it’s worth some further attention.)As ZDNet’s Steve O’Hear notes, Myspace News is a hybrid approach that blends the aggregation of Google News with the voting capabilities of Digg.A year ago I couldn’t imagine MySpace getting into the news arena, but the site has made an effort to expand beyond the teen/tween demographic that marked its early days. If presidential candidates are congregating on MySpace, then I guess a news feature is appropriate, too.One caveat: A quick scan through today’s headlines shows that some of the material has a racy tone, which could certainly turn off conservative-minded news outlets. For instance, right now an astrology article, Pisces Woman’s Boyfriend Is Elusive: 7th House Sun. In sixth place at the moment is Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin dies.It’ll be interesting to see whether MySpace News tweaks its settings to remove the NC17 stuff or if it adopts an anything-goes attitude. RELATED RESOURCESGet E-Media Tidbits as an RSS feed:* Copy this link and add it to your feed readerSubscribe to receive E-Media Tidbits by e-mail:* Sent Monday-Friday, 5 p.m. ET Over at Outside the Beltway, blogger James Joyner noted, “Ultimately, this [approach] makes more sense than having readers submit stories, which creates both incentives for gaming and arcane rules to thwart gaming.”In another post, Joyner wrote, “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.”More on MySpace News from Search Engine Journal. DoArticleKeywords(true,’Collaboration, Credibility, News economy, Online/new media’,’31’); E-mail this item | Add/View Feedback (3) | QuickLink this item: A121928 Print this Page E-Media Tidbits Archive […]