MySpace Is Clogging The Pipes

“Dare I point and accuse the sacred cow of CLOGGING UP THE PIPES?!”

My hand is up in the back of a large room. Hey me, pick me to ask what I’m thinking?!

Then it happens, I’m on the stage stumbling for my words. How do I say this? Dare I point and accuse the sacred cow of CLOGGING UP THE PIPES?!

I’m reading Michael Arrington’s post just this minute - MySpace, The 27.4 Billion Pound Gorilla. MySpace is now at 75 million users and is growing 240,000 new users every day. When you think about that from a business perspective I’d like to own that baby and ride it to the capitalist bank with several fetishes and a horse-hair whip. Yes sir! But from an infrastructure perspective, when you sit and think about how much noise that makes versus quality signal - what the friggen flying mother of Freddo Frog are we doing?! Fill those pipes with yehaw crap dudes and pages of stolen images and inserted video crap.

I remember a lecturer telling me about the Internet he enjoyed before we all came and clogged the pipes with our blogging and hoo-ha. And I’d offer the same caution for those coming into this picture at the vast numbers of meaningless pages being pumped out by the MySpace phenomena. Is the Internet infrastructure suddenly growing - I mean are the pipes getting all the fatter at a matching rate? Not here.

The power of social networking aside isn’t this just propogation of the meaningless, the mass screams of teenage angst? Noise.

3 Responses to “MySpace Is Clogging The Pipes”

  1. Less Says:

    I use MySpace.

    I am not a screaming teen. I am a 30-something (looking at 40) internet professional and java developer. The web is my bread and butter and jelly too.

    MySpace has its place in the social-internet and really does provide a service that is rare in this world today.

    On a personal level, I have found many old friends that I misplaced since high school (20 years ago). It has brought my widespread family closer together and we actually communicate more–particularly with my two sons. MySpace has closed the gap for several personal relationships I have with friends serving in the military… particularly with those in the Middle East.

    Professionally, MySpace helps people learn better CSS coding and web-design fundamentals. I’ve networked with other programmers in several countries and it actually has assisted in my own projects as well as with collaboration on other open-source projects. I am able to “check out” potential employees… and yes I do ask about things they have on their personal sites and community pages. After all, the web is my job as it is for anyone I interview.

    Granted, there are the bad things - but you will find them as well off the internet. Pedophiles live in communities… as to teachers and teens. In my…. 2 years of being a “my-space-maven” I’ve encountered about the same quality of socialization as I have in 30+ years of socializing. The only difference is that now… ANYONE who wants to bother… can.

    Being responsible for one’s actions and words… that is what is needed. Something my teenagd son is learning is that the web is NOT private. If he posts it, I will read. After all, is what I do for a living.

    I find we communicate MORE with MySpace as a medium. I see something he posts, and we talk about it. He sees something I post, and he asks questions about it.

    In this age of information spillage (for that is what we are experiencing), MySpace is the mecca. The question is if my judgement of someone’s ‘Space is legitimized.

  2. nortypig Says:

    Less, thanks for commenting. I concede all myspacers aren’t teenage angst havens for little ratbags but out of 72 million there are a vast percentage which are exactly that so my point I think is still quite valid. Several of the profiles lifting my bandwidth were for guys in their late thirties (but most, by far, were late teens).

    I don’t in any way mean to take away from the social networking phenomenon though - if only it was my idea.

    My point in general revolves more around that nearly all people getting up on the Web so easily has the negative knock on effect of creating mass pipe choking noise - some of those pages are huge. How we’ll deal with this evolution of the Web is going to be crucial to how the Web continues i’d expect - for example adding the same growth rate into a five year graph shows some scarey amounts of bandwidth.

    For every conversation there would be an aweful lot of horsewhip lol.

    But your point is valid enough… there are good and bad everywhere. My guess is the anonymity factor may well bring a few bad people to the right course of justice at the end of the day (a bit of an upper for society).

    Thanks for giving me the tip on using MySpace as a professional tool - I’d actually never considered that. Seriously. So its worth some thought.

  3. nortypig Says:

    Interesting article - Lost In MySpace 2: Gen X Revenge?

    While I don’t agree with all of it I think the cyclic nature of things may see MySpace rise and fall. He’s right when it stops being thought of as cool they’ll ditch cos that’s why they’re there acting cool.

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