|MySpace No Longer an Island, Goes For Data Portability|
|Responding to the momentum around data portability, MySpace has launched its own "Data Availability" effort with big-name partners Yahoo, eBay, Twitter, and fellow News Corp. unit Photobucket. |
The initiative's goal is to let MySpace members share their public profile data outside of the walls of the social-networking site.
"Today, MySpace no longer operates as an autonomous island on the Internet, by allowing the data that creates the engaging and collaborative experience that is MySpace to now be shared across all the sites our users visit," said Chris DeWolfe, CEO and cofounder of MySpace, during a press conference.
MySpace No Longer an Island, Goes For Data Portability [pcworld.com]
MySpace, like Facebook, were great ways to create social communities. But some people keep trying to make them into something they're not.
They are very special in that they serve an important social purpose for their members. But monetizing, sharing, spreading... that's not what these communities need or desire. Big Business has a fundamental misunderstanding of the boundaries of these networks.
Good luck to anyone trying to market to all the suburban 12-15 year olds with MySpace accounts they created listing themselves as:
Male - 29 years old, Honolulu, HI
Female - 22 years old, NYC, NY
The demographic info is useless on MySpace. I'm sure a major percent of the profile data is bad -- no matter what the age or location of the user -- people don't want the boss, their parents, strangers or anyone else to find them on MySpace unless they know them.
Then you have locations like:
Male - 35 Years old - Middle of Nowhere, CA
Female - 29 years old - Lonely, LA
Maybe that's the market -- "ambiguity related products and services", e.g. - post office forwarding services, things that get shipped in plain brown wrappers, dark sunglasses, window tinting....
Not to mention the massive amount of those same suburban teens whose annual salaries are "$100,000+" :D
And let's hope that videos won't be ported until the filtering is fixed.