September 24, 2007 |
The social-networking website MySpace.com is launching a free, advertising-supported cellphone version as part of a wider bid by parent News Corp. to attract advertising for mobile sites, the company was set to announce today. The new version will work with all U.S. phone carriers and allow users to send and receive messages, comment on pictures, post bulletins, update blogs and request, find and search for friends. Fox Interactive Media, which oversees News Corp.'
September 13, 2007 |
The Emmy-winning creators of "My So-Called Life" and "thirtysomething" are two of the biggest television names so far to unveil ambitious stand-alone projects for the Web. Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick said Wednesday that they would produce 36 eight-minute episodes of a series called "quarterlife" that will debut Nov. 11 on MySpaceTV.com, the social-networking site MySpace's growing video page.
August 31, 2007 |
A 19-year-old man who posted a nude photo of his younger ex-girlfriend on her MySpace page was sentenced in Bradenton to 30 days in jail. Anthony D. Rich pleaded no contest to child abuse and attempted child abuse. Prosecutors reduced the charges from sex crimes that could have branded Rich a sex offender for life. He was 17 when he posted the photo of his then-15-year-old girlfriend on the website.
August 30, 2007 |
MySpace, News Corp.'s social-networking website, plans to produce more than 30 concerts across the U.S. to promote artists who became popular online. The MySpace Music Tour, starting in October in Seattle, will feature acts such as Hellogoodbye, a pop group, and Say Anything, an alternative-rock band, MySpace said. The concerts may add another source of revenue to MySpace, which New York-based News Corp. is using to sell online advertisements aimed at young consumers.
August 27, 2007 |
Christine "Forbidden" Dolce, Tila Tequila and Bobbi Billard each have accumulated more than a million admirers on MySpace.com, making them among the handful of most popular people on the world's most popular social networking website. That may have something to do with the amount of skin they show on their MySpace pages.
August 23, 2007 |
MTV Networks said it would broadcast a series of town hall meetings that MySpace.com is arranging with 11 presidential candidates. The hourlong sessions on college campuses will include some questions from the audience and others randomly selected from real-time submissions online. The series is the first collaboration between Viacom Inc.'s MTV and News Corp.'s MySpace, which compete for young people interested in music. Like another rival, Google Inc.'
August 23, 2007 |
First was lonelygirl15, a fictionalized series of confessional video blogs on YouTube made by an actress posing as a home-schooled girl. Then came "Prom Queen," a Web teen soap opera backed by former Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Michael Eisner. Now there's "Afterworld," an online animated series about a man who wakes up to find most of the world's population has vanished.
August 19, 2007
Danah Boyd lighted a fuse with a blog essay on class divisions in Facebook and MySpace. The goodie two shoes, jocks, athletes, or other "good" kids are now going to Facebook. . . MySpace is still home for Latino/Hispanic teens, immigrant teens, "burnouts," "alternative kids" . . . punks, emos, goths, gangstas, queer kids, and other kids who didn't play into the dominant high school popularity paradigm. Where exactly did Boyd get her statistics? I don't think there's any accuracy in her "report."
July 25, 2007 |
MySpace started a Mexican version as part of international growth plans that include expanding in 10 other countries in the next year. MySpace Mexico began a test phase in January and page views since then have jumped 67% while sign-ups climbed 39%, the company said. The website's community in Mexico has more than 1.5 million users, adding to MySpace's 115-million-person network in 18 countries.
July 25, 2007 |
Internet social networking site MySpace said it had detected and deleted 29,000 convicted sex offenders on its service, more than four times the figure it had initially reported. The company, owned by media conglomerate News Corp., said in May that it had deleted about 7,000 user profiles that belonged to convicted offenders. MySpace attracts about 60 million unique visitors monthly in the U.S.