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MySpace - The Origins And Features Of The MySpace Social Network

Dan Theron

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The MySpace social networking website was launched in 2003. Since then it has become increasingly popular and the 100 millionth user account was created in August 2006. It is currently owned by News Corporation and has a staff of around 300 people. Here is a quick look at this social networking service.


This social website was probably inspired by the launch and popularity of the Friendster social network in 2002. The creators of MySpace took the most popular features and ideas of Friendster and created a new social networking website. The domain was first intended to be used for web hosting and data storage. The domain was then chosen to host the new social networking website.


MySpace is a popular social networking website. You create your own personal profile with which you use to interact with other users of the network. It features interactive user-submitted content such as groups, blogs, photos, music and videos. It is about social interaction between people from around the world.

Popular Profile Features

Blogs - Users can create their own content and media.

Bulletins - A user may post bulletins that can be read by all the people on the user's friend list.

Comments - Your friends can use this feature to leave you comments.

Groups - This feature allows a group of users to share a common page and message board.

Karaoke - This allows users to upload audio recordings of themselves which their friends are then able to rate.

Image uploads - You can upload your own images to your profile for sharing with your friends.

Instant Messenger - Users can use the instant messenger service to be notified of new messages, friend requests and comments.

Moods - You may share the current mood you are in by using emotional icons.

Music - Musicians that are still unsigned can use this feature to upload and post their own musical works. Musicians may achieve wonderful exposure because their songs may potentially be listened to by millions of users. Some artists and bands have actually been discovered through this service.

News - This feature allows users to submit news items via RSS feeds.

Profile Customizer - This feature allows users to make changes to their profile page.

Costs and Advertising

Users are not required to pay a fee to join the social network. Revenue is generated by providing advertising space on the website for advertisers. Therefore, they collect data about user behavior in order to display the most relevant advertisements for each user. Other companies such as, RockYou and YouTube were originally launched on MySpace as widgets. You may recognize the first two companies if you are a Facebook user.

This social network has millions of active users. Even an organization such as Greenpeace has a profile page. If you want to create your own profile and see what the fuss is about, you can visit MySpace and register as a user.

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