1. Myspace in the news

    jake on 2005.05.13
    at 06:30 pm

    There are a couple things in the news about Myspace. Before I get into their discussions I’d like to talk about my experience with this social software. I’d like to point you to my profile, but they’re not functional right now. Which is my biggest gripe with the service currently. I realize that they’re a very large site and have seen explosive growth but as far as I can tell the underlying structure is flawed.

    The pages load fairly slow and the HTML is right out of 1999. The tables wouldn’t bother me so much if the site had at least valid code.

    They allow you to hack your profile page and adjust colors or add in backgrounds, etc. And while trying to work with the code I actually found one spot that I couldn’t adjust because the tag soup was so atrocious. We’re talking incorrect nesting here.

    I’m not saying the developers don’t have a lot to handle, and they’re probably more worried about keeping the servers online than cleaning up the code, but they’re not gonna last long without bringing the quality level up a couple notches.. Heck I still use the site regularly. I just can’t take them serious when the code is as mature as the thirteen year olds (claiming they’re sixteen) rambling on and acting “cool.”

    Which is a nice segue for the first Myspace article. MSNBC brings up Myspace a few times in their article discussing how kids are revealing too much information on the Internet. Nobody seems to be telling them that posting provocative photos and revealing information such as your full name and hometown is not a good idea. Though it seems to be moving away from chat rooms and IM in discussions and heading over to personal weblogs.

    I’m smart enough to know that I should only give out Brian’s information.

    The other article is Tom Coates commending Myspace for surpassing Friendster. Apparently he was quoted in a Guardian article on the subject. Good for you Tom.

    I wish I was quoted in a newspaper, but usually my posts just turn into rants like above. I’m not as cool or well spoken as Tom.

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