13.9.06

How wrong MySpace can be?

MySpaceFirst of all: I don't like MySpace, so yes, my oppinion can be seen as biased.

So, yesterday MySpace guys announced that they might create an YouTube alternative. No shit. Now, what really surprises me is what they said in the industry conference...

Let me quote some pearls:
  • most of YouTube’s traffic starts at MySpace
  • If you look at virtually any Web 2.0 application, whether its YouTube, whether it’s Flickr, whether it’s Photobucket or any of the next-generation Web applications, almost all of them are really driven off the back of MySpace
  • 60%-70% of YouTube’s traffic comes from MySpace


Dudes, are you crazy? Reality check, please!

Let me point some issues here for you to ponder:
  • MySpace is a useless space where people can link with each other to do nothing; YouTube is all about sharing media content
  • The exception in MySpace is MySpace music, where people share audio media, but YouTube doesn't compete with that, specially 'cause it isn't just directed into artists unlime MySpace Music
  • Since there are so many differences between MySpace and YouTube, you can expect to have four kinds of internet users: MySpace users, YouTube users, MySpace and YouTube users and people who don't use none of those
  • Then, there's no way possible to create that insane possibility that MySpace is the service creating users to YouTube, nor that 60% to 70% of YouTube's users are also MySpace users, specially in those cases that only use YouTube because of MySpace
  • MySpace is an ugly piece of shit and is a great example of how can something do everything wrong in an Web 2.0 application. You didn't create Web 2.0, nor you are the inspiration of the other web 2.0 applications. Mainly 'cause the majority of them aren't even playing in the same markets.


So, now, please, GET REAL, stop thinking you're the best, don't throw more jokes like those to us ('cause you ain't funny) and specially fuck off and go take care of your users, since you're doing a really bad job. Like, err, stop that "Flash 9" madness you're planning, put MySpace Music at least at the level of it's concurrents, get some design lessons, make your site with acessibility, stop blocking external links in Flash widgets, stop your scaling issues due to the hodge podge of coldfusion, ASP, and IIS, ... and that's just for starts.

Excuse me if you're offended for this words. If I sounded pissed off is, well, because I am.