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11:40 pm on Apr 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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MySpace.com has launched a beta of a news site it hopes will bring more advertising revenue to the popular social networking site.

MySpace News is a hybrid between standard news-aggregation sites, such as Google News, and a news-rating site such as Digg Inc. Like Google and other news sites from portals such as Yahoo Inc. and AOL LLC, MySpace News brings in content from a variety of news outlets. But the site also has a Digg-like feature that lets MySpace users rate stories they see on the site, and share stories with other site users.

MySpace Launches Beta of News Aggregation Site [pcworld.com]

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12:24 am on Apr 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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That should be really interesting. If it works like Digg, and if it gets visibility at MySpace, traffic could dwarf Digg and perhaps even Slashdot.

One complaint I have about Digg is that the categories are kind of awkward. MySpace would bring less of a techie perspective, I assume, and might have better organization.

12:49 am on Apr 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Digg better watch out. Today I found two important stories I didn't find on Digg.

1. Jessica Alba Flashes her ass.
2. Sex dolls for dogs. (to stop them from humping your leg)

Thumbs UP!

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I'm going to re-package and submit the "Freddy Starr ate my hamster" story of the mid eighties.

It will go down a treat with the Myspace crowd.

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Wow, this is turning out to be a HUGE success!

As of today, the "top news" stories all have 2-3 votes. The very top news story is a user-submitted video of somebody sailing a 1040 Schedule C made into a paper airplane.

MySpace's users certainly are the most qualified to sort news stories!

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I would have thought it would be a popular for people to track media mentions of Myspace. There was unfortunately a double suicide by two Myspace users in Australia where the media has already mentioned their last messages posted to Myspace.
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>>The very top news story is a user-submitted video of somebody sailing a 1040 Schedule C made into a paper airplane.

ROFL. A slow start indeed. It could be they are waiting to get any kinks out of the system before they start promoting the heck out of it, giving it more visibility, etc.

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Enough with the news aggregation already. It's been done to death!

Where are the people using link grammar and natural language processing to develop the artificial intelligence necessary for the production of a truly Semantic Web?

Am I the only person alive working on this crap? Because I occasionally get the feeling that I am.

No, I know... that's just wishful thinking.

 

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