Is MySpace Taking Over the Web?

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A few days ago, while perusing through my personal e-mail Inbox, I received a note from my sister in-law announcing her new membership with MySpace. This e-mail not only surprised me a little—considering she is almost eight years my senior—but it made me feel like I may be the last person on earth that doesn’t have a MySpace account.

 

Up until recently—with good reason—I have not considered joining MySpace because of the not-so-coincidental drama that usually coincides with a membership and the fact that most of my friends are slightly addicted to it. Seriously, I don’t know how many times I have had to listen to one of my close girlfriends tell me about a fight that ensued after her boyfriend saw a posting from some man trying to be her “friend” or how many stories I have heard that began with, “Last night, on MySpace…”

 

Personal opinions aside, MySpace has also inspired many companies to produce MySpace add-ins. There are thousands of different Web sites where MySpace users can download the latest toolbar, mouse pointer or other graphics for their MySpace page. It just amazes me how such a small idea can not only connect so many people via the Web, but also spawn a completely new group of software development. My only question is, why didn’t I think of that?

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