MySpace News Beta – Great, but Just One Problem…

by JennSierra on April 30, 2007

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MySpace has launched a news aggregator called MySpace News.  Although it has similar features to other social news sites, and was predicted to be a major competitor to Digg.com, it is a little different from Digg, in that there is currently no “friends” feature, there are a lot more news categories, there is no membership (users do not have an ID), and users do not submit stories – they simply vote on what stories are available through the feed.

Even though MySpace News is owned by MySpace, users of the news beta are not required at this time to have a MySpace account to vote on stories, and there is no way to know who has voted on a story to make connections with other users with similar interests. (On the plus side, there is also no way to accumulate cyber-stalkers, since no one knows who has voted for which stories.)

The aggregator is very good, and I have been pleased with the stories I’m finding in my favorite sections.  Using MySpace News is very easy; just go to http://news.myspace.com, select your categories, and start reading and voting.

It might actually replace some web users’ current social bookmarkers or news aggregators, except for one problem:  Many places of business, schools, and libraries have blocked MySpace…and this includes the MySpace News Beta.  For MySpace News to ultimately be successful, they will have to find a way around this.  My suggestion?  Change the name.

JennSierra

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1 May 1, 2007 at 1:31 pm

You can use this feature:

http://news.myspace.com/forms/submitfeed

to submit new feeds or other news sources to the MySpace News Beta aggregator.

That said, I haven’t seen anything to indicate whether or not there is any likelihood that the “powers that be” at MySpace News will actually use anything from the source that you submit.

My guess is that, if the source doesn’t conform to the outlook of the folks behind the scens at MySpace News, stories from it will never see the light of day. I hope I’m wrong, but I doubt it.

Try submitting some of your favorite blogs and news sources from around the world, and see what happens. Comment here and let us know!

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