Why you shouldn’t be using MySpace

Interesting little read that I ran across on MySpace. Did you know that they assign your personal information to a “friend” (that’s code for advertiser) right when you sign on? You basically sign away whatever information you entered.

Given Dewolfe’s experiences at Xdrive a valuable lesson had been learned: there is no money in giving millions of people costly web hosting space for free, but there is in owning demographic info ranging from just someone’s e-mail address to personal information for targeting advertising at them. Upon registering for MySpace.com, one is automatically assigned a “friend,” Tom Anderson. According to several interviews easily found on Google with Mr. Anderson, he is the so-called “brains” behind MySpace, second only to DeWolfe. With ResponseBase scrapped and DeWolfe and his team needing a new way to deliver advertising and collect information from users, it is really no surprise that MySpace.com was launched the way it was. To reiterate, “DeWolfe learned while at Xdrive that people will sign up for almost anything that they find useful, and they could care less about the fine print.”

Very scary. So for those of you that actually own MySpace accounts, just realize that any information you use or give out on there about your friends, family, loved ones… it’s all actually fair game in the fine print for MySpace to target with advertising. Getting a bit more junk mail than usual? Might be high time to re-think about why you’re using this service and the people behind it. Lest I forget, some of those in charge are the same behind some of the adware in Kazaa. Don’t believe me? Do the research.
Coincidentally, when I was playing around with it (without giving them real information), I found that their “subscribe to blog” links aren’t even RSS feeds and you have to join to actually read the person’s blog. Sorry, but that just doesn’t sell the service to me if I can’t read what my friends are doing without signing up.
Via AppleXnet

  • I tested MySpace and found it to be lacking in almost every detail. Of the dozens of simular platforms I’ve tried, Myspace ranks near the bottom. I can’t for the life of me understand why so many flock to it except to say that it’s been very well marketed.

  • I tested MySpace and found it to be lacking in almost every detail. Of the dozens of simular platforms I’ve tried, Myspace ranks near the bottom. I can’t for the life of me understand why so many flock to it except to say that it’s been very well marketed.

  • MySpace is strictly a social network. They marketed to college/high school first which is how they got popular since Friendster wasn’t cutting it with their crappy environment. (Friendster is much better now, but a bit late back into the game).
    If anything, it’s similar to Xanga in design, but Friendster on a social network perspective. Just sucks that I can’t view RSS feeds.

  • darkmoon

    MySpace is strictly a social network. They marketed to college/high school first which is how they got popular since Friendster wasn’t cutting it with their crappy environment. (Friendster is much better now, but a bit late back into the game).
    If anything, it’s similar to Xanga in design, but Friendster on a social network perspective. Just sucks that I can’t view RSS feeds.

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