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MySpace accounts for an estimated 4.46% of all US Internet visits

MySpace has shot all the way to the top of the ranks when it comes to Internet popularity. According to numbers released today by Hitwise, MySpace is the number one most visited domain the United States registering 4.46% of all traffic. This represents a 4,300% increase from two years ago and a 132% increase from last year. MySpace is becoming a force to be reckoned with online and is dominating its competitors. From Reuters:

MySpace, which dominates social networking on the Web, also gained share in June from other sites that aim to create virtual communities online for sharing music, photos or other interests, Hitwise said. MySpace captured nearly 80 percent of visits to online social networking sites, up from 76 percent in April. A distant second was FaceBook at 7.6 percent.

While MySpace may be popular with its young user base, it has been getting increasing pressure from the government, parents and advocacy groups over the vulnerability of its users to child predators. MySpace has taken steps to ensure that its users are safe online, but many feel that the company's efforts just aren't enough. MySpace’s most recent troubles revolve around a $30 million lawsuit brought forth by a mother who claims that her 14-year old daughter was abducted and sexually assaulted by someone she met on the social networking site.

Not surprisingly, some websites are taking issue with the recently released figures. Yahoo! is crying foul because it says that Hitwise ranks its domains which include search, news, and e-mail as separate entities. "When taking into account all of Yahoo!'s domains together as an entire network, Yahoo! clearly remains the number one property in terms of audience share, duration share, page view share and days visited per month," said the company in a news release.



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A page on MySpace has helped us
By strilka on 7/12/2006 11:42:13 PM , Rating: 2
Creating a MySpace ambassador Web page has been an important strategy for Strilka (see myspace.com/strilka). MySpace allows us to create a gathering area that introduces our company to new customers, surgically promote our brand with informal announcements, custom personal messages, and connect with people. MySpace has also stimulated our affiliate programmes, co-marketing initiatives, banner
exchanges (important for Google's PageRank number), and even spurred business development.

It would be a greedy mistake, however, to use MySpace as a funnel or meta advertisement board. There has to be give and take, so we prefer to think of it as a two-way street and have several links to MySpace sites and YouTube videos that rotate from time to time on strilka.com. The activities mentioned above, however, are hardly new since many
artists, musicians, bands, record labels, authors, and companies, especially Web firms, have promoted themselves on MySpace for years creating their own cultures and identities.

Despite rumours that MySpace is "teen trash", or that growth rates are peaking (particularly with Friendster), leveraging ambassador pages on key social networking sites can be an effective online marketing strategy that stimulates growth.

Judging by the humbling public comments that we have received, myspace.com/strilka has created a certain amount of goodwill for us. Strilka is a very small start-up, barely 1 year old, with no resources. Yet, after creating a MySpace ambassador site in March 2006, our membership doubled.

William Szuch,
Co-founder
Strilka - The New Ukrainian Singles Network

strilka.com




RE: A page on MySpace has helped us
By dilz on 7/13/2006 12:23:45 AM , Rating: 2
It's refreshing to hear something positive about mySpace. After seeing a number of news "scare" segments on how dangerous the site apparently is, your example shows how the Internet can actually work in an international setting. However, the rapid proliferation of such sites and the marriage of so many aspects of culture and technology makes fertile ground for a backlash. The backlash will not come from the bottom-up, as is traditionally the case, but from the top-down.


RE: A page on MySpace has helped us
By strilka on 7/13/2006 7:57:49 AM , Rating: 2
On Strilka we've adopted transparency (see FAQ, Media), continue to push forward our support for anti-trafficking initiatives (see Good Facts) with links to Victor Malerek's book "The Natashas", his audio interviews on the Internet, etc. In fact, we're hunting for a legitimate anti-trafficking organization that we can make annual donations from Strilka revenues.

On our ambassador pages, we also specifically say "stay on myspace/multiply" because Strilka isn't "everything for everyone".

It's also important to realize that MySpace isn't dangerous, but rather, certain people using it are dangerous.

I think you're right about the backlash, though, that will come from the top-down. If we're axed it won't be because Strilka didn't try to pursue a strategy of accountability, transparency, and responsibility. My business partners Natalia, Marusia, and myself are sick of the marriage agencies from Ukraine and Eastern Europe on the Web drenched in sex, but we don't think that single Ukrainians should be punished by not having access to a decent site for themselves.

cheers


By Dfere on 7/13/2006 8:21:10 AM , Rating: 2
Kudos to Strilka!

Is that guy slick, or what? If I ever want a mail order ukranian bride, I know where to go. ( I am part Ukranian myself). Think of the customer service!


By strilka on 7/13/2006 8:50:32 AM , Rating: 2
This is from our "Perception vs. Reality" FAQ. It's not tap-dancing, but how we think and what we'll do (we're not slick, just honest):

Perception: Strilka is a dating site

Reality: Strilka is a Web site for Ukrainian singles. As our tagline states, we are "The New Ukrainian Singles Network". It's your choice to decide how to use the network.

Whether the connection made blooms into friendship, dating, romance, intimate encounters, companionship, marriage, or perhaps simply a new online buddy, short-term or long-term, the type of interaction is created and defined by you, not us. Therefore, Strilka is not a "dating site" per se, and we’re certainly not a marriage agency or introduction service. Indeed, profiles that solicit marriages will be deleted.


Nothing new here folks.
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 7/12/2006 2:28:16 PM , Rating: 1
Lying or Skewing statistics? Like thats never happened before..... Nothing to see here folks, move along.




RE: Nothing new here folks.
By dilz on 7/12/2006 2:52:37 PM , Rating: 2
Do think that this is possibly because kids are no longer in school? With the spike starting in May, I'd say so.


RE: Nothing new here folks.
By Den on 7/12/2006 6:09:52 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, I agree, it is because of summer vacation. If you look, right before the beginning of the spike, there is a dip right during the end of the year when (some) kids are studying for exams, doing final projects, etc.


yup
By desiplaya4life on 7/12/2006 3:33:42 PM , Rating: 2
i agree i login/visit myspace > google.




RE: yup
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 7/12/2006 3:50:58 PM , Rating: 2
Gonna have to say that its really just all the kids, and weirdos (theres lots of them). And yes I agree, the spike is because all the kids are out of school.


Just a phase
By cciesquare on 7/12/2006 5:11:57 PM , Rating: 2
Remember pagers? How about the cellphone rush? or Xanga or Friendster?

Just a phase, it will come to pass. Anything that has teens and kids involve never last very long.

Kids and teens leave as quickly as they come the second a new trend or "coool" thing comes in.




RE: Just a phase
By desiplaya4life on 7/12/2006 11:25:09 PM , Rating: 2
i dont myspace phase is going to pass by anytime soon, they are are expanding their site like crazy. first it was a profile, then adding schools came by, meeting old high school friends, then came music section to add music in profile, than came all these 3rd party editors to edit ur site...

i mean myspace is like your network site w/ all your friends. its a popularity contest, email system, network system in one. i use myspace to keep in touch w/ old friends and well. to stay away from calling them.


MySpace - The Movie!
everyone i know has one
By Samus on 7/12/2006 6:11:13 PM , Rating: 2
everyone feels obligated to have a myspace because everyone else has one.

it really is a good, functional way to keep in touch with friends, share pictures, organize party's, etc. it also helps its free, and the advertisements are finally under control...

when rupert bought it last year, shit hit the fan with ads, now its just annoying banner games that don't really detract attention from the reason you are there

the contraversy over myspace is the stupid kids that have photo's of them in their cars with their license plates in the picture in front of their home with the address exposed...real smart, let them be stalked.




hahah
By bokep on 7/13/2006 11:24:17 AM , Rating: 1
emo is on the rise... more whiny bitches to make fun of




Right...
By DigitalFreak on 7/12/06, Rating: -1
RE: Right...
By brystmar on 7/12/06, Rating: -1
RE: Right...
By Knish on 7/12/2006 3:13:22 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Your comment is probably the most appaling thing I have ever read in an online forum. Seriously.

But not out of character for the american public. God help us.


RE: Right...
By dgs127 on 7/12/06, Rating: -1
RE: Right...
By wmansfield on 7/12/2006 3:23:45 PM , Rating: 2
Who are you to dictate what he should or should not do? If you're easily offended don't read the comments below the news stories.


RE: Right...
By dgs127 on 7/12/06, Rating: 0
RE: Right...
By Exodus220 on 7/12/2006 3:32:51 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I am so discussed by that reply I don't even know how to respond. I think you should apologize to the board.


I am pretty sure you meant to say disgusted instead of discussed. Of course I could be wrong and you actually went out and discussed what you read about his post...but I am guessing you meant disgusted.


RE: Right...
By Samus on 7/12/2006 6:13:44 PM , Rating: 2
I think the comment is actually quite funny. ROFL.

Sure its a serious matter, but its not exactly unbelievable.


RE: Right...
By saratoga on 7/12/2006 3:43:22 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I am so discussed by that reply I don't even know how to respond.


"disgusted"

In case you haven't noticed, the Internet is a pretty horrible place. Given your apparent thin skin, maybe you shouldn't be here.

PS: I hear theres porn on the internet too.


RE: Right...
By cochy on 7/12/2006 3:47:50 PM , Rating: 2
100% agree. Sueing is a big business in the USA. Like any business, you'll do almost anything for a big pay day. I just heard on the radio yesterday that someone is sueing Michael Jordan because he looks exactly like him and doens't appreciate all the attention and annoyances that he gets because of it. He's sueing for around $30-60 million. Here in Canada there is no such thing as punitive damages. It's a big joke down south.


RE: Right...
By Exodus220 on 7/12/2006 3:21:30 PM , Rating: 1
That would not surprise me. For $30 million there are lots of people that would do stupid things. I remember hearing parents talk about if they would be willing to send their kids to Michael Jackson if they knew they could win a couple million by claiming he molested their kids and then suing. So even though it may seem out of order to say that, it is his right and would not be too surprising seeing how things have worked in the past.


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