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MySpace Makes it to Top 10 Internet Sites

CowboyNeal posted about 8 years ago | from the emo-teens-have-spoken dept.

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prostoalex writes "Nielsen//NetRatings Top 10 is a monthly rating of top 10 Internet destinations. Generally dominated by Yahoo!, Microsoft, Google, AOL, eBay and similar major destinations, the list had a newcomer in March of this year. MySpace.com is 10th most visited Web site, losing to #9 Real.com only by 600,000 unique visits per month."

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in other news (5, Funny)

Loconut1389 (455297) | about 8 years ago | (#15126861)

after the slashdot appearance of the article, MySpace.com is now #4.

Re:in other news (5, Funny)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | about 8 years ago | (#15126978)

Ugh, no thanks. That place is the most awful cespool on the Internet. 42TB pages, everybody's got their own shit music playing as if whoever visits wants to hear it, all for the privilege of girls with 6 inches of cake makeup posing for cleavage shots, guys dressed up like Gotti with one eyebrow raised, and the most inane, unintelligible comments imaginable, with a page width of 9,000 pixels because somebody posted a picture of a duck flying into a window with the caption "PWNED!" 14 years ago.

Re:in other news (4, Insightful)

Firehed (942385) | about 8 years ago | (#15127036)

Apparently I've avoided myspace better than you so I never had to put up with it. It's worse than I thought. Hopefully people will realize that static backgrounds are so 1996. Funny how that is... back when I was learning to code html in notepad, my websites looked about the same, but everything was lower resolution and I actually had to do it myself.

They might as well just call it n00bspace.

What really freaks me out is real.com at #9. Who the hell goes to real.com? Surely there isn't that big of a market for doing nothing but downloading the unquestionably worst media player in existance. Unless myspace makes you have realplayer installed to put up with the annoying crap in everyone's pages, so they've got the entire community of 'omg lookit me I've got my own website!!11' noobs worldwide, plus the odd person who actually thinks it's worthwhile.

Maybe I'm just being overly fond of the days when even geeks had dialup and having your own 15mb web presence on Geocities was the cool thing to do (mine's still there!) You'd think that since you can get a domain plus enough hosting to do a mypsace page without the noob for about $30 a year, people might go for that option. Honestly, is myspace.com/noob any more attractive of a site address than geocities.com/noob? Why be a crappy wannabe when you can have noob.com and use your host's page builder app and do wannabe right?

$30 a year??? (2, Interesting)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about 8 years ago | (#15127205)

You'd think that since you can get a domain plus enough hosting to do a mypsace page without the noob for about $30 a year...

You're paying WAY too much.

Re:in other news (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15127203)

I smell liberals. Ahh the rotting stench of limp wristed liberal sissies. I'd love to gas them all and then set them on fire. It'd be more fun than a weenie roast. Especially if I can have a sexy babe like Ann Coulter by my side as we warm our hands by the fire.

Nothing to see here... (0, Redundant)

SeaFox (739806) | about 8 years ago | (#15126864)

Nothing for you to see here, please move along

How does a site no one can see make it into the Top 10?

(first post?)

Content Trumps Design (4, Insightful)

RunFatBoy.net (960072) | about 8 years ago | (#15126873)

Just goes to show, content and relationships will trump design everytime. MySpace is definite proof.

Jim http://www.runfatboy.net/ [runfatboy.net] -- Exercise for the rest of us.

Re:Content Trumps Design (5, Insightful)

moosesocks (264553) | about 8 years ago | (#15127101)

Not always. flickr is a good example

there were dozens of other mildly successful photography communities before flickr came along, many of which covered the social networking aspect of flickr much better.

flickr simply has the best mix of community and design out there, hence its success among pro photographers and occasional shutterbugs alike.

facebook is another example. It's basically a well-designed myspace for college kids with proper privacy features. It took hold in a market where dozens of other sites had failed miserably. The design's clean, the site's never been slow to memory (despite exponential growth). Because of this, it is far more prevalent than Myspace among college kids. At my medium-sized state school, I'd estimate that about 90%+ of the student body uses facebook regularly. It's that popular. It's preferred over myspace because it's fast, usable, and not creepy.

Re:Content Trumps Design (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15127106)

Content? That's not content. MySpace is proof that idiots will always be lured into things by other idiots. And the rest of us already knew that.

Why is this relevant? (2, Funny)

mi_cuenta (523267) | about 8 years ago | (#15126875)

I mean, we all knew MySpace was headed for the top, as we all know Madonna is not really English, even if she now has an English fake accent. So, is this a case of reality being announced before the news get it?

real.com WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15126878)

Why the hell is real.com so high?

Why would you want to go there? It's like a hole for sleazy salesmen pawning spyware.

Re:real.com WTF? (3, Insightful)

Odiumjunkie (926074) | about 8 years ago | (#15126902)

Equally, I'd be prepared to bet that msn.com and aol.com have such high rankings based mostly on their use as the default start page for two popular internet browsers, as opposed to explicit user desire to either surf there or use them as a home page based on anything other than lazyness.

Re:real.com WTF? (1)

theJML (911853) | about 8 years ago | (#15126939)

I agree. What is there to Real.com that warrents that high of a rank? Does anyone actually use Realplayer anymore?? (seriously here.. does anyone?) I know I haven't played an rm in years! Every site I see that has streaming media available has it in windows media or quicktime, real player got pushed aside. I actually kinda forgot about it until this story. Figured it went the way of Kings Quest and After Dark.

Re:real.com WTF? (1)

IANAAC (692242) | about 8 years ago | (#15126975)

Does anyone actually use Realplayer anymore?? (seriously here.. does anyone?)

I do. But that's probably because I don't hold much of a grudge for their past (awful) practices and realize that their current player for Linux is pretty damn good.

Re:real.com WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15127030)

and while I'm at it... MapQuest?! Do people not know about the infinitely faster and more usable maps.google??

Morons!

Real? (3, Insightful)

dalutong (260603) | about 8 years ago | (#15126890)

Who goes to real.com?

Re:Real? (4, Interesting)

Odiumjunkie (926074) | about 8 years ago | (#15126914)

Is it possible that RealPlayer connects to real.com to display it's web portal? I don't use it myself, but I seem to remember RealPlayer displaying the web portal by default.

Re:Real? (1)

Vorondil28 (864578) | about 8 years ago | (#15127054)

Wait, so the whole point of RealPlayer was just a con to get on the Neilsen top ten?

Tricksy bastardses...</golem>

Re:Real? (1)

Stevyn (691306) | about 8 years ago | (#15127116)

It feels like the whole point of real player was just a big con. The endless popups, the shitty performance, the need to integrate it with web pages. Real player was first cool in the mid 90s where streaming audio seemed like a new thing. A few years later, it lost it's cool factor and they tried to keep it alive by tieing it with anything under the sun.

Re:Real? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15126993)

Indeed...of all the websites out there how is it possible that they make it to the top 1000? I cant remember the last time I was there. There has to be some deception here like their player loading 100 webpages everytime you run it. But even then...who still has realplayer installed?

Re:Real? (4, Funny)

davidc (91400) | about 8 years ago | (#15127056)

No-one intentionally goes to Real.com.

Only reason Real.com is up there (with a long time per visit) is :-

                  Buffering... Buffering... Buffering...

Re:Real? (2, Funny)

Gertlex (722812) | about 8 years ago | (#15127213)

In anticipation of this exact comment, I typed that exact line (well started to) into 'Find as you type'...

And seriously, who DOES?

But (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15126895)

I just took this Nielson Net survey a few days ago (they sent me $15 cash!)
It is very long, but on some of the pages I noticed that sites like slashdot where not a choice to even select. On the page where myspace was a choice of sites you visit, livejournal was not! I'm not sure how well the "write-in" box at the bottom gets counted, but I really question the integrity of the whole thing.

Re:But (3, Insightful)

realityfighter (811522) | about 8 years ago | (#15126988)

They were probably collecting data for the companies in the list. Nielsen makes its money selling consumer data, not doing unbiased research.

Re:But (1)

westlake (615356) | about 8 years ago | (#15127216)

sites like slashdot where not a choice to even select.

Nielson is interested in sites that draw the kind of numbers OSTG can only dream of.

Publicity (2, Insightful)

lecithin (745575) | about 8 years ago | (#15126899)

I hadn't even heard of myspace.com until the stories about rent for sex, police stings that came out over the past several months.

You hear about the bad stuff (and teenage girls) and poof, it gets hits.

Re:Publicity (1)

Khaed (544779) | about 8 years ago | (#15126968)

Plus, ALL the damned high school kids seem to flock to it. Think Geocities eight or nine years ago, when there were so many awful Geocities sites by kids with black backgrounds, an awful midi, and bright pink or something text about just stupid, mundane teenager things. (omg teh dramaz)

Now Myspace is a haven for that. It even lets them put in -- gasp -- a freaking video embedded in the page (which is why, under no circumstances, do I visit myspace). They show their -- omg -- creativity and how DIFFERENT they are (by being exactly alike). Plus, the social networking, and the incentive to get more people on it -- of course it gets hits. It's a teenager magnet.

Re:Publicity (1)

AK__64 (740022) | about 8 years ago | (#15127214)

This is really true. I'm really not sure what the incentive is for populating the site. I do know people that use the communication features to actually communicate, but frequently it's just nominal communication that is occurring- chatting and whatnot.

web hits vs. actual web use (4, Insightful)

Gothmolly (148874) | about 8 years ago | (#15126903)

So Real's crappy phone-home player may send 100000000 pagehits to their site every month, but (I guess) people actually use MySpace, as retarded as it is. This is a meaningless statistic.

Re:web hits vs. actual web use (1)

starwed (735423) | about 8 years ago | (#15127201)

It's not clear that these statistics have anything to do with pagehits. Another poster mentioned filling out a survey...

Everytime Someone Goes to MySpace.... (5, Funny)

ImaNihilist (889325) | about 8 years ago | (#15126924)

...the internet dies just a little bit. The future if the internet grows bleek. Some people spend so much time whoring themselves out on MySpace, that's all they use the internet for. Still, they need that 6Mbps connection because some profiles try to load 200MB of videos, sounds, CSS, cursors, and animated GIFs all at the same time.

God save the interweb.

Re:Everytime Someone Goes to MySpace.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15127058)

It was a funny comment. Don't worry about the grammar nazis.

Re:Everytime Someone Goes to MySpace.... (2, Funny)

Drkdstryer (948331) | about 8 years ago | (#15127098)

The future if the internet grows bleek.
I think the present spelling standard of the internet is bleak enough as it is.

Re:Everytime Someone Goes to MySpace.... (1)

JimBobJoe (2758) | about 8 years ago | (#15127108)

Still, they need that 6Mbps connection...

It's not the connection that bugs me, it's the fact that all you need is 2 myspace pages open and Mozilla's at 180MB of memory used.

Re:Everytime Someone Goes to MySpace.... (1)

AndyChrist (161262) | about 8 years ago | (#15127133)

Still, they need that 6Mbps connection because some profiles try to load 200MB of videos, sounds, CSS, cursors, and animated GIFs all at the same time.


200 MB of LEECHED videos, sounds, and animated GIFs.

How many emo kids does it take to screw in a light (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15126926)

None, they'll just sit in the dark and cry.

Re:How many emo kids does it take to screw in a li (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15127136)

You forgot to ROT13 the punchline...

Now I feel better (5, Funny)

LittleLebowskiUrbanA (619114) | about 8 years ago | (#15126934)

Losing my faith in /. but it turns out we're all united in our hatred of MySpace.

Myspace is pretty lame...in the same way that... (1, Troll)

Ritz_Just_Ritz (883997) | about 8 years ago | (#15126966)

Britney Spears is lame...

And Survivor is lame...

And all reality TV is lame...

Christ, it seems that the masses really do have no taste.

Just because thinking humans think it sucks doesn't mean that the lemmings won't congregate there.

Biggest productivity-killer around (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15126936)

MySpace is the worst thing for business productivity since Solitaire. We blocked MySpace a few weeks ago because it accounted for literally 10-15% of our company's outbound web traffic - I'm talking about thousands and thousands of MySpace URIs visited per day, at a company of ~75 people.

Re:Biggest productivity-killer around (1)

scottv67 (731709) | about 8 years ago | (#15127113)

We blocked MySpace a few weeks ago

Ditto for my shop. Websense tracks approx 2500 unique web surfers on our network. I could find no business-related reason for someone to access *.myspace.com from our network so it is now blocked by Websense. Cricket (http://cricket.sourceforge.net/ [sourceforge.net]) graphs since then show that our Internet pipes are a little less busy during the day.

Good riddance!

Re:Biggest productivity-killer around (1)

MrNonchalant (767683) | about 8 years ago | (#15127154)

Count yourself lucky you don't work in a 500+ student high school that gives all their students laptop computers and wireless internet access. I don't have access to traffic statistics (I'm a student/part time IT employee) but between that and p2p traffic I'm not sure which one would win for killing our bandwidth. Don't you worry kiddies, we'll soon be blocking MySpace's IPs at the PIX box. Muhahaha.

Re:Biggest productivity-killer around (5, Funny)

HolyCrapSCOsux (700114) | about 8 years ago | (#15127175)

We run a keylogger every so often as a <insert corporatespeak term for "Catching Red Handed"> for employees that are doing everything OTHER THAN working. Here's a neat snippet. Keep in mind that this person HAS somehow managed to graduate from high school.
21/11/05 12:46:53 on computer ------- user ----
in application "C:\PROGRA~1\MOZILL~1\FIREFOX.EXE" and window "Myspace.com - Mozilla Firefox"
pressed: hey girly it was fun this weekend i had a blast messin with u guys we i hope to see u later okay well ttul niggaheyhey buddy what the hell u cant ever talk to me any more that makes me sad well happy bday and sorry that me and nick didnt go to ur party we had to help him mom with some hings but i cut his hair off i mean like his hair is only like an in. 1/2 long but i like it he looks so different though.. well happy bday again and have fun on thanks giving k well ttul nigga . -------NOT MUCH JUST CHILLIN AT WORK HAVING FUN WELL WHA U BEEN UP TO LATELY U STILL GO TOTA CO BELL ALL THE TIME... WELL TTUL ------WELL IM NOT SHORE WHEN IM DONG IT BUT AS SOON AS POSIBLE WHEN IM OUT OF SCHOOL BUT I WANT TO GO IN TO BISSINES SO I CAN START ON GETING NY OWN SALON AND WELL KNOW HOW TO RUN IT WITH OUT HAVEING PEOPLE JIP ME SO I KNOW WHAT IM DOING BUT ITS WHAT I WANT TO DO THAT WOULD BE HELLA COOL IF WE COLD DO SOME CLASSES TO GETHER THAT WOULD BE SWETTTTT WEL I TALK TO U LATER K IM GETIN OFF ARO...
Makes you want to cry a little doesn't it?

Which just goes to show... (1)

pjt48108 (321212) | about 8 years ago | (#15126947)

...That there is no such thing as bad publicity.

Thanks you, Whackie Right and TV Newsers, for going all out to drive hits to myspace.com.

Can you badmouth my blog, now?

Retards.

Sorry... (3, Funny)

StevenHenderson (806391) | about 8 years ago | (#15126952)

but MySpace behaves as though it were coded by fucking retarded monkeys.

Re:Sorry... (4, Insightful)

Vorondil28 (864578) | about 8 years ago | (#15127059)

but MySpace behaves as though it were coded by fucking retarded monkeys.

Flamebait? Yes. True? Most definitely.

Re:Sorry... (2, Insightful)

libra-dragon (701553) | about 8 years ago | (#15127131)

So true, but that's not their main problem. It appears to me that they change their code constantly thoughout the day. So, it's not so much the retarded monkeys' coding so much as their ability to keep their shitty code out of production. They must do their development on their production servers, because there's always something in the middle of the day that just broke and they're working on a fix. That's not how a top 10 site should operate. They need to get some change control in place --perhaps QA/QC as well.

Average time (2, Funny)

NIK282000 (737852) | about 8 years ago | (#15126967)

Did anyone notice the average time spent for AOL? It was double that of the next longest below it. I belive this is even more proof that AOL users are just plain slow.

Real.com? (1)

Tweekster (949766) | about 8 years ago | (#15126984)

But who ACTUALLY purposely goes to real.com.....or did their homepage get changed by their shit software.

The Children of Myspace (5, Funny)

cualexander (576700) | about 8 years ago | (#15126985)

There is a video on iFilm that pokes fun of Myspace. Basically its the "Greatest Love" song by Whitney Houston.

The one that goes, "I believe the children are our future..."

Then it goes on to show the dumb photos that people post.

Its funny stuff... http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2713146 [ifilm.com]

Cheap & Easy to Use ... but is it Classy? (3, Interesting)

rewinn (647614) | about 8 years ago | (#15126990)

MySpace is an apparently successful implementation of the concept that "anyone can have a useful web site without much work."

TruGeeks may prefer to buy (actually "rent") a domain name, rent space somewhere, AND maintaine the site using the technology du jour, but for a great many people, myspace does what they need without their having to think too hard about it, or to pay for it.

The question I still have is whether myspace URLs connote poorly, relative to unique-domain URLs, in the same way that AOL or hotmail addresses connote poorly, compared to unique-domain URLs do. In case this is unclear, let me offer an example. I think most people will agree that zzxyz@aol.com connotes something a little less classy than zzxyz@zzxyz.com. The question is, will myspace have sufficient acceptance that a URL such as http://www.myspace.com/rewinn [myspace.com] will be an acceptable substitute for something like http://rewinn.com [rewinn.com]?

Re:Cheap & Easy to Use ... but is it Classy? (1)

Iron Condor (964856) | about 8 years ago | (#15127120)

MySpace is an apparently successful implementation of the concept that "anyone can have a useful web site without much work."

...for some evil-parallel-universe kind of definition of the word "useful".

Re:Cheap & Easy to Use ... but is it Classy? (1)

saltydogdesign (811417) | about 8 years ago | (#15127147)

I think you are misusing the word "useful." Anyone can trade ass for hits without much work -- that's what you meant.

Re:Cheap & Easy to Use ... but is it Classy? (1)

littledagger (945465) | about 8 years ago | (#15127153)

TruGeeks may prefer to buy (actually "rent") a domain name, rent space somewhere, AND maintaine the site using the technology du jour, but for a great many people, myspace does what they need without their having to think too hard about it, or to pay for it.
the real sad part about this is that everyone's personal space on the internet is now becoming dictated by myspace (which we of course all know is now owned by News Corp [wikipedia.org]). Individual personal websites seem to be quickly becoming a thing of the past. I find this to be really disturbing and a sign of a dark future for the internet. There is really not much freedom for expression, creativity, or individuality available to myspace users. Just another face in the myspace matrix. Not to mention the fact that in reality it is a giant deceptive tool for target market research and viral advertising. myspace also has the affect on users having no need to possess any knowledge of html, or even basic understanding of how a webpage works. keeping users ignorant and pushing them further into corporate dependence. "oh dont bother with all that, it's much too complicated for you, let us take care of it for you." convenience sometimes has a heavy price. in case anyone hasn't seen this. here is some info on how to change up your myspace profile. http://www.thebignoob.com/Blog/355/myspace-profile -hack [thebignoob.com]

Re:Cheap & Easy to Use ... but is it Classy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15127218)

Myspace is not useful. It's just more proof that most people shouldn't have their own website and that perhaps this elitist nature of the computer-literate is warrant. Because when you give the "average" person a web site, Myspace is what they do with it. The only thing "useful" that Myspace does is provide an easy bunch of victims for the predators.

hmm (2, Interesting)

Billly Gates (198444) | about 8 years ago | (#15126994)

I wonder what www.slashdot.org is? It has to be up there in the top 30 at least.

Re:hmm (1)

Vorondil28 (864578) | about 8 years ago | (#15127119)

Hmm, I can't find a full list (or a list longer than the top ten mentioned in the post) of Nielsen's rankings. Last I heard, slashdot got about a 250,000 uniques a day . So yeah, top 30-ish sounds reasonable.

What about time-spent using a service? (1)

philipkd (528838) | about 8 years ago | (#15126997)

What about time-spent using a service?

In that case, how would World of Warcraft play into the rankings. Running one raid requires more time than I spend on myspace in three months. I just pop into myspace, check comments, post a few comments, and check-out.

And people are paying to play WoW. There are those that would pay to use myspace, but if they ever proposed that, the next free service would take off. I'm also concerned about click-through rates on myspace. From what I see on myspace, all that exists are "FREE SMILEYS"-type ads. Whenever I see those ads, I quickly suppose that their demographic isn't profitable.

Artists pay to get promoted on myspace, that's for sure though, but I think that's just part of the fad. Artists can setup myspace profiles, and just link to and promote them through other channels.

Re:What about time-spent using a service? (1)

imthesponge (621107) | about 8 years ago | (#15127029)

A lot of those ads are the type that tell you to send an SMS to them from your phone so that they can charge you $20 a month. Click on one sometime; it's a bunch of nonsense.

Search Speed (1)

Metabolife (961249) | about 8 years ago | (#15126998)

Looking at time spent for the top searches we can draw some nice obviously correct conclusions. Time spent: Yahoo! 105,027 3:28:39 MSN 95,124 1:52:10 Google 93,244 1:00:56 The only logical conclusion is that it takes someone 1hr to find relevent data using google, almost 2hrs on MSN and 3.5hrs using Yahoo. I'm taking the liberty to disregard any other services these sites offer which may take up time in the name of the scientific method.

Re:Search Speed (1)

centuren (106470) | about 8 years ago | (#15127111)

The only problem is that no one uses Yahoo to search. They must be checking their email or playing online games...

Re:Search Speed (1)

mercuryswitch (952779) | about 8 years ago | (#15127132)

Actually, I think Yahoo! Finance is THE most popular finance site around. Most of the people I know who check their stock quotes regularly use Yahoo! Finance.

People visit Real.com? (0, Redundant)

Aqua OS X (458522) | about 8 years ago | (#15127009)

Seriously.... people actually visit Real.com? Is this for real (no pun intended)?
I visit that site about 2, maybe 3, times a year - TOPS. How the hell are they a top 10 site?

It seems like everything I run into these days is WMV, QT, or FLV.

MySpace may be popular but Montspace was First (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15127081)

Montspace [montspace.com] was one of the first blog and social network type websites out there and was quite popular for a time. Unfortunately, as happens alot, some kid in business school copied a good idea, got some money, and managed to make millions off of other people's ideas.

Do NOT CLICK PARENT (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15127109)

contains kiddie porn and viruses!!!!!!

As noted by the "Daily Show" by anchorman Demitri (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15127115)

The down side is that there are sexual predators on the site. The up side is that there's sexual prey.

But (1)

Ethan Allison (904983) | about 8 years ago | (#15127117)

Why is Myspace so big? Why didn't a site with better code and features get the spot?

Re:But (1)

DorkRawk (719109) | about 8 years ago | (#15127155)

"Why didn't a site with better code and features get the spot?" Spoken like a true geek. The general public doesn't care about good code and things that tacky designs are cool. All people want to do is tell everybody else their favorite movies, bands, quotes, deepest secrets, and post half naked pictures of themselves and have other people comments telling them that they're "soooooo h0t!!!11!!!" MySpace has all the people and people are what make a site like that apealing, not how well the site itself is built.

Re:But (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15127174)

I (unfortunately) had an account there for a couple of months. It was buggy and slow. I'd swear the thing was built and maintained by a dozen monkeys dragging their knuckles across the keyboard... Run Away...Run Away....

RealPlayer highly popular in Asia. (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15127134)

I have seen a lot of comments here regarding why Real.com is ranked so highly. It likely is because their player does access content from their site regularly.

Most North Americans and Europeans fail to understand how vastly popular RealPlayer is in Asia. There have been some reports of over 75% of Indian computer users using RealPlayer, since it has very good support for languages such as Urdu, Tamil, Bengali, and Hindi. It also has superb support for Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and other Asian languages, thus leading to a high degree of usage there (although not as much as in India).

Re:RealPlayer highly popular in Asia. (0, Redundant)

westlake (615356) | about 8 years ago | (#15127185)

North Americans and Europeans fail to understand how vastly popular RealPlayer is in Asia. There have been some reports of over 75% of Indian computer users using RealPlayer, since it has very good support for languages such as Urdu, Tamil, Bengali, and Hindi. It also has superb support for Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and other Asian languages

an unexpected, and interesting response.

What would make a better myspace? (1, Interesting)

bloodstar (866306) | about 8 years ago | (#15127186)

I ask, because I've been working on creating a new social networking site that's geared more towards the academic side. There's still a lot of work to do on the site, but I'm curious what features people would want from a more academic standpoint? (Maybe this would be a good Ask Slashdot)?

http://www.apbctr.com/ [apbctr.com] Please understand that it's still a massive work in progress, and effectively one person doing the coding and another person doing the economics (I hope the webserver can handle it).

I'll be curious what people suggest...

myspace eats jerky and blows somebody ( please rea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15127206)

Ok so I have a my space site and why ? It runs on M$ ( omg no ! ). And it looks like no one from my my age group is on there when I do a search on there. And it looks like someone is always reading my posts but no one says anything. Really is this site safe to put personal info on and what is a GOOD "free" software equivilant so that I do not support non-free software ?
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