This covers a few news items and we will get to Photoshop Friday later when we go to the Manhattan Apple store for photos, and possible interviews.
NOTE: The ustream show i was going to do is cancelled as we know it as another service is covering our ground.
- Facebook for the Cool Kids?
- iPhone for the Geek Elite?
Online social networking powerhouse MySpace has set out to knock YouTube from its throne by launching a website devoted to Internet video and television shows.
MySpaceTV is a platform for homemade video and professional productions, such as news programs and “webisodes” made for the Internet of US shows like Prom Queen.
“This works just as well for NBC and Fox and for the aspiring Steven Spielberg as it does for the kid doing skateboard tricks on the weekend,” MySpace vice-president Jeff Berman told AFP.
“We’ve seen video explode as a way for users to connect.”
The test program unveiled is customised in seven languages for the US Internet firm’s users worldwide.
The site’s creators hope to replicate the success of MySpace, which gets more visitors than any other website in the United States and is the most popular online social community in the world, according to industry statistics.
The teen-oriented website is a forum in which people share pictures, journal entries, videos, music and more on personalised profile pages.
MySpaceTV is taking on YouTube, the undisputed king of online video sharing.
Its share of the US market surged 70 per cent in the first five months of 2007, reports tracking firm Hitwise.
Since February, MySpace has gained on Google-owned YouTube when it comes to the numbers of videos streamed to people’s computers.
iLikes. It seems a good service and i was excted to use it today at the Apple store to see the enfants en masse come out to play. i will try it another time however as it appears another service (or two) are covering the Manhattan and SoHo Aple store ground. (more below)
A new study by a UC Berkeley PhD student shows that certain “classes” of teenagers prefer either MySpace or Facebook. Based on interviews with teens who use the sites Danah Boyd‘s study shows that while Facebook users are often the Prom-Queen-headed-to-a-good-college types (oh, and they tend to be white), MySpace users are more often outcasts who started work after graduating high school.
Boyd also found far more teens from immigrant, Latino and Hispanic families on MySpace as well as many others who are not part of the “dominant high school popularity paradigm”.
“MySpace has most of the kids who are socially ostracised at school because they are geeks, freaks, or queers,” she says.
Interesting. I guess now I know where I should spend most of my social networking time (if the study is accurate and bearing in mind that I’m not a teenager). But I’m curious, does your choice of site and personal history match up with Boyd’s findings?
If you are a geek you know about this. i know about… i that makes me a geek? F**k that, I’m going to check out Facebook and hang out with my cool friends.
Check out Diggnation and Scobleizer for West Coast (iphone home) iPhone streams, to be on MSNBC at 4:30 Pacific.