MySpace Jumps into News Space
If you're in the habit of trading green space for MySpace, its time to get excited. This morning MySpace announced its plans to go head to head with Yahoo and Google and deliver news on demand.
In hopes to surpass similar user-recommendation rivals Digg and Netscape who simply dish up the news, MySpace will scan thousands of web journals and categorize articles in sections such as politics, entertainment and travel before serving them sunny side up to millions of MySpace subscribers.
However, in a huge leap for user-generated content, the popular hangout site plans to go several steps further than just present news and allow members to vote on what makes the front page. Enough user votes and your story could make the front page - how's that for free speech?
As of this morning, laptop luggers, whether on outdoor adventures or in Internet cafes, can vote on their favorite news headlines - a move news agencies hope will bring additional traffic to their sites, thus exposing the average MySpace users news they might otherwise never see.
So if you're one of the thousands of Blackberry subscribers back on track after yesterday's blackout, rejoice - you can now determine the news whether you're in the office, on the bike trail or walking to work.
James W. Coates,
National Park Expert