Monday, May 01, 2006

MySpace and People

I don't get MySpace.

Okay, let me rephrase that. I do get "it", I know why it's there and why it's attractive to certain people, but I don't get what it has over other available services on the internet.

Catherine Saillant, a LA Times columnist, reviews her daughter's experience with MySpace [Duluth Times Online,
Mom on MySpace]:

I've covered murders, grisly accidents, airplanes falling out of the sky and, occasionally, dirty politics. But in nearly two decades of journalism, nothing has made my insides churn like seeing what my 13-year-old daughter and her friends are up to on
It's an interesting story about the perils of young 'uns and the big bad internets, so it's worth the read. But, what I don't get is this part where Ms. Saillant explains why she got a MySpace account:

My 49-year-old sister, Christine, joined MySpace and told me she was having fun using it. She urged me to set up my own account so we would have a free, easy way to exchange e-mails and photographs.
Isn't email an easy way to exchange emails and photographs? Why would I set up a MySpace account (using an email address), to send email to somebody else who used their email address to sign up to MySpace? Is email passé?

So, if you're a rabid MySpace user, please let me know what it is about MySpace that makes it better / different than using other internet services, like, email or an instant messenger software.

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1 comment:

Anthony said...

Unrelated point. MySpace is planning to add advertisement to the user's online experience.