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Google Signs $900m MySpace Deal

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the road-to-world-domination dept.

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deadmantyping writes "Google has signed a $900m deal with Fox to provide search capabilities for Fox sites, the most noteworthy of which is MySpace. This deal does not include FoxSports.com, which already has a deal with MSN. Google claims that 'MySpace was an important site to be involved with given its rapid popularity growth.' Google also signed a deal with MTV earlier in the week."

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I just hate it when... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15863620)

Rupert Murdoch ($500M for myspace.com) gets to tug on his suspenders and say, "Guess I'm not so dumb after all."

crazy, google, myspace (3, Insightful)

(fagging beta) (983460) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863625)

You know something is truly messed up when MySpace is valued anywhere near a billion dollars.

Re:crazy, google, myspace (2, Interesting)

dexomn (147950) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863886)

I think it's pretty interesting actually. According to sone randomly edited, freely available, possibly erroneous information:

"[AOL] had at one time a customer base that reached over 30 million subscribers" - from aol wikipedia page

"MySpace currently reports just over 99 million members, with 500,000 new members each week." - from myspace wikipedia page

Two different services that can be used relatively easily to meet people, or chat, or for show and tell or whatever. If you've ever logged into aol since... well, probably since qlink; you would be greeted with some wonderful advertisement in which you could purchase an item by clicking on it. It's a modal window so you have to actually click 'No thanks.' to get rid of it. The rate of users being accosted by advertisments would logically increase as advertising to generate revenue increases.

When you go to myspace(the www in general anymore), you get soemthing similar; crazy interactive flash advertisements promising a free ipod or a fantastic mortgage rate. Some of them let you beat famous people with sausages and some make loud annoying sounds unexpectedly on a mouseover. Those are embedded in the page.

So people get used to these things and know where not to click, but the advertisement is still there. The president is still jumping around in boxing gloves just itching to get you that ipod. Or maybe some mice are running around on a tabletop that would like to prevent you from flicking the bean into the dixie cup.

Even if you aren't sucked into the adds you see them.
People love MySpace and AOL. And many that hate them still use them anyway.
You can't pry AOL or MySpace from their cold dead hands. (AOL not so much these days it seems)

With this kind of exposure there is huge advertising/sales potential and huge data mining potential.

Re:crazy, google, myspace (1)

Duncan3 (10537) | more than 8 years ago | (#15864114)

"MySpace currently reports just over 99 million members, with 500,000 new members each week." - from myspace wikipedia page

That just means 5% make a new profile each week, and they stop counting when a profile is erased for 5 weeks.

Kids do that, try out new identities all the time, change names, interests, etc. It's 100% normal teen behaivior.

It's great for inflating your numbers if you're a website that hosts them tho :)

Re:crazy, google, myspace (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15864167)

Even if you aren't sucked into the adds you see them.
People love MySpace and AOL. And many that hate them still use them anyway.
You can't pry AOL or MySpace from their cold dead hands. (AOL not so much these days it seems)


i think anyone with half a brain figured out to move to a 3rd party client for AIM (if that's what you mean by AOL. who uses AOL anyway??) thus eliminating its annoying ads. as for embedded flash ads in pages, what about using [gasps] adblock [/gasps]?

Myspace taking over...... (4, Insightful)

matts-reign (824586) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863636)

I don't see the attraction of myspace.

It seems like everybody is using the website now. I can understand that people want to host their own content.

Why then, are movies using myspace? Talladega nights advertises its offical url as http://myspace.com/rickybobby [myspace.com] . Why? Why not just have a regular website? Or is there something i'm missing?

Re:Myspace taking over...... (2, Informative)

bcat24 (914105) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863654)

Is that URL from the trailer? Googling "talladega nights" gets me to this Sony Pictures page [sonypictures.com] , with no MySpace hits in the first few pages of results.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (5, Insightful)

Ruff_ilb (769396) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863747)

Regardless, many films are doing this... it's really a moot point as to whether or not this particular film does it.

The bottom line is that a myspace link is familiar to lots of people, easy to access, easy to create, and plays into the social networking scheme that myspace yields. If someone can add "Ricky Bobby" to their myspace friends account, or whatever (I don't use myspace, so I don't know exactly how it works), but for a very small amount of effort, and likely no funding (they can rehash their own promotional materials) they can reach a number of people, and then (and this is where MySpace has another significant advantage) reach the people those people have friended on myspace, because the friends will see the user's like for the movie. Thus, for almost nothing, the marketers can reach people that wouldn't normally access the site.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (1)

binarybum (468664) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863801)

spot on.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (4, Insightful)

shawb (16347) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863975)

And probably more importantly than just reaching people, the marketers can find what interests the people they reach have. Looking into it a bit can show that some unexpected demographic might be into the movie/band/whatever. Or they might find larger interest in certain geographic regions than expected... in theory this could allow companies to bring products (including movies and art) to people that actually want them. This is probably more important for something like a band planning out a tour schedule, but larger companies can use it to concentrate their marketing as well.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15863666)

Well, for a movie...

Letting someone else pay for the hosting costs would be a pretty big perk. And my guess would be myspace users probably represent a group which is pretty lucrative to market to (stupid, follow-the-group types but with time and money to spare).

Re:Myspace taking over...... (2)

LDoggg_ (659725) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863759)

Letting someone else pay for the hosting costs would be a pretty big perk.

Barely.
Compared to the money they spend on television advertising, web hosting is nothing.

Using a myspace.com/movie site is really stupid for another reason:
Myspace.com tends to get filtered on networks where a movie site wouldn't be cosidered inappropriate.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (1)

assassinator42 (844848) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863789)

Normal movie sites probably have better uptime than MySpace as well.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15863667)

hmm well you shouldn't have to think that hard on this one. Most myspace members go directly to the site when they get onto the computer. If they can find content on the site w/o going to a different website then they'll go there for convenience. Everyone is also already familiar with myspace, it's sort of a "this generation" thing so whoever uses it must be cool.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (5, Insightful)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863670)

I don't see the attraction of myspace.

You're evidently not 14.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (3, Funny)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863679)

Don't tell her that.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (1)

hunterkll (949515) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863751)

Who ? the internet or my sister?

Re:Myspace taking over...... (0, Flamebait)

jcmb (936098) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863956)

Not 14? You must not have any friends that use myspace, or in other words: no friends at all. Most people who avoid myspace are either old farts who criticize anyone under 30, or slashdotters living in their parents basement. The influence Myspace has over the younger generation is undeniable, and by younger I also mean people older than 14.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (4, Funny)

jb.hl.com (782137) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863995)

Most people who avoid myspace are either old farts who criticize anyone under 30, or slashdotters living in their parents basement.

Stolen for sig. :)

Re:Myspace taking over...... (1)

mshurpik (198339) | more than 8 years ago | (#15864003)

Like 15, 16? Those are the ages of the people who use Myspace when they come over my house.

I had a friend in his early 20's who met a girl on Myspace, and that turned out to be a disaster. I stopped talking to both of them. And from the fact that they met on the computer, I saw it coming from the very beginning.

These people are all officially the loser nerds I was when I was a kid, except back then, I was the only one.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15864019)

I call bullshit. I am 17, do not use MySpace, and in my clique (30-50 people, depending on time of year) only about half use MySpace.

Not as large of a percentage use MySpace as you'd think.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15864243)

hahaha, I thought you were going to say

I call bullshit. I am 17, do not use MySpace, and in my clique (30-50 people, depending on time of year) NO ONE uses MySpace.


But you didn't say "among my 50-size sample NO ONE" you said about half! So in fact your datapoint proves its RAGING popularity. Imagine if you had said "Marijuana use is NOT rampant among teenagers. I'm 17, and in my clique (30-50 people) only about half use marijuana regularly." Not as large a percentage as you'd think.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (4, Interesting)

SilentChris (452960) | more than 8 years ago | (#15864100)

Actually, most people who avoid Myspace can't stand piss-poor webdesign, pages that take forever to load and endless tirades by teenagers. Never mind the fact that most kids "grow out of Myspace", apparently, when they head off to college (Read this in a CNN article recently. Google it).

I still don't see the attraction of hosting on Myspace. It costs, what, 5 bucks to rent a box nowadays? And you have total control of your content, not what News Coporation deems is appropriate.

All Myspace is a virtual gym class from high school. A place to socialize and learn people skills (albiet online) before heading off to a work environment. In that regard, it's a success -- but by those standards any social networking site that gets large enough is a success. In every other instance (design, marketing, etc.) it's a failure.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15864313)

Piss poor web design? Wow, way to either not look at the site or be too overly critical of simple things. Anyway, its obviously apparent that you're an idiot, judging by the fact that you think that everybody knows computers and therefore cares that they have total control over their hosting box. By the way, i have never seen News Corp remove content from anybodys myspace page, so i dont know where you get your information from but it seems like its slightly skewed.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (1)

Murdoink (993842) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863703)

Why? Why not just have a regular website? They probably don't know how to make one.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (1)

Alcoholic Synonymous (990318) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863723)

Even things with official websites are often just pointers to a myspace page these days. This is especially common with bands.

"Offical website of . Click here now to hear them on MySpace.com"

The vanity sites irritate me more though, since you have a site, have a host, have nothign to say, but create a myspace page to do everythign you always could anyway. Ugh!

One Word (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863728)

Why then, are movies using myspace? Talladega nights advertises its offical url as http://myspace.com/rickybobby [myspace.com] . Why? Why not just have a regular website? Or is there something i'm missing?

One word: Moo.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (2, Insightful)

kemo_by_the_kilo (971543) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863855)

to post a dupe (like thats not been done before)
a copy and paste from one of my old posts
#rant
okay okay......
for the longest time nerds were outcasted when the net first started.
myspace is a way for the rest of the non-tech-savvy people to catch up.
when geocities.com first started in the mid-90's, every tech/geek/nerd/etc had a webpage that looked not as high quality but just and loud and annoying as the my space profiles these "teens" create.
the world has caught up, and now they are making webpages .... with limited knowledge. todays myspace.com pages is like yesterdays geocities pages.....
myspace = animated hell
geocites = over use of the blink tag and who the fark though it would be cool to have lime green text over a bgimage that looks like a bad shirt from the 70's.
basically i am saying.. the rest of the world is adopting the internet. they arent as tech savvy so they use myspace because its easy... half of them just copy and paste code, dont tell me you havent done that ever. dont get me wrong i am not trying to say it is right to have a bad webpage/profile/blog/whatever, but i am saying it is a trend like neon hot pants in the 80's. its big bold and ugly, but give it time and people will realize that jerry curl(read: myspace profile) isnt cool anymore.

also if you give them BS now some might stray forever away from the net.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (5, Insightful)

apflwr3 (974301) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863893)

Why then, are movies using myspace? Talladega nights advertises its offical url as http://myspace.com/rickybobby [myspace.com] [myspace.com]. Why? Why not just have a regular website? Or is there something i'm missing?

For one thing it's potentially a marketing goldmine.

"Rickybobby" has 60,000 "friends." It could be 600,000 in a couple of months. Almost all of these "friends" are in the coveted teens-and-twenties demographic. The fact that they are willing to be friends with a movie means they're susceptible to advertising. They will be getting messages and emails and "friend invites" from upcoming movies and who-knows-what-else from Sony Pictures for a long time to come.

Why do you think Myspace is worth so much to Fox? It's a database of millions of teenagers who proudly list their interests and hobbies.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (1)

Rob Kaper (5960) | more than 8 years ago | (#15864314)

Why do you think Myspace is worth so much to Fox? It's a database of millions of teenagers who proudly list their interests and hobbies.

Yup, like TV, people are the content and advertisers the customer. It's just a bit more clear on the web where people actually are the content.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15863936)

You'll understand the first time you get laid on myspace. It's sweet.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (1)

mshurpik (198339) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863982)

Ew. EWW!!

Yes, I know there are hot girls on Myspace. I still have standards though.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (2, Insightful)

bananaguyc (993856) | more than 8 years ago | (#15864146)

The value of marketing on MySpace is phenomenally huger and more measurable than a normal "website", just due to the fact that MySpace has the whole photo-oriented "friends" concept. Under this concept marketers get a MUCH better idea of who's interested in your movie or product or whatever due to the fact that the whole thing is "Opt-In". This is WAY different from just advertising a URL, putting banner-type-ads on other sites and/or doing e-mail/spam campaigns. These more traditional forms of Internet marketing run the risk of the fact that frequent Internet users quickly become desensitized. Not to mention the fact that "clicks" has always been a questionable meaure of success. Another advantage of MySpace is the whole "envy" factor. Where you are essentially letting your target market do some marketing for you. The MySpace mentality is like, "Johnny has added 'Big Summer Movie' to his friend's list, they must be cool, so I will go ahead and add them to my own list". Also, this feels more innocuous and harmless to a company's target audience than annoying banner ads just placed on a related (or not) website. And for those of you that believe this (old)media-hype about the MySpace-thing being just for "teeny-boppers" - think again. I am over-25 and I have caught up with a TON of people on there from high school, university and work. The whole thing among older MySpace users is about getting-in-touch and keeping-in-touch with people in an environment that gives you a really good amount of freedom, and where the whole culture promotes the use of photos (photo-sharing is always a huge draw for females, and of course the guys go where the ladies are). There's this whole "reunion" type buzz among us "older" (read: non-teeny-bopper) users. Many 20-30-something people post their wedding/family photos & whatever on there. ***(Classmates.com was onto something years prior to the current social-networking trend, but unfortunately for them, they killed off their demand by deciding to charge). Also, unlike e-mail, you are relatively well-protected from Spam on MySpace -- I believe this is A HUGE factor for all the post-college-age people who use MySpace. You don't have to deal with a lot of unwanted crap being obtrusively *pushed* at you. I know among my 20-30 something peer group MySpace has become a very practical way to get a hold of people, since it's a lot more convenient than keeping up with all kinds of e-mail addresses, varying cell phone numbers and varying IM contacts none of which promotes the usage of photos. MySpace also has features that let you know for sure if your personal message was actually read by someone who is on your friend's list - something that e-mail & cell/voicemail do not provide. Also, multi-media-text messaging is hugely popular overseas, but not in the U.S. because of the expense(read: greedy cell-phone carriers). Myspace helps fill that demand for multimedia messaging that exists. Also, the fact that computer hardware prices have plummeted recently, along with the fact that current technology has made the use of digital photography and computer/internet-use in general more idiot-proof has played a HUGE factor as well. All of these features, factors and good timing all played a role in making MySpace hugely popular.

Re:Myspace taking over...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15864250)

How About Microsoft, Yahoo, .... signing a deal with google????????//

Googlejuice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15863638)

I think my pitcher of Googlejuice just ran out.

Excellent! (4, Funny)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863639)

Vapid, self-obsessed, score-keeping emo-inanities will now be even easier to find! And that's just the garage bands.

Wait... did you feel that? A great disturbance in the workforce, like millions of voices crying out... like it just became easier than ever for HR departments around the world to sift through that stack of resumes.

Re:Excellent! (2, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863754)

Vapid, self-obsessed, score-keeping emo-inanities will now be even easier to find! And that's just the garage bands.

C'mon. This is why eBay is so successful. Not because they have the best approach or the best business model, hell from what I've seen they're a mindless bunch of jerks who change their site arbitrarily in not necessarily good ways. Even the best practices seem to evade them for years.

It's simply where the herd is. And when the herd is all in one spot, very few feel compelled, until significant pain or market forces dictate they must move elsewhere, even that will likely be a mass migration to the next place. That you and I don't see it as exciting should tell both of us that we are outside the bell-curve. (Either that or these people have it fatally wrong and won't know it until a year or so from now when it all goes tits up, just like a lot of the really dumb ideas of the dot-com bubble.)

Re:Excellent! (1)

Bronster (13157) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863965)

See also: slashdot (but I didn't need to point out the obvious now, did I)

Re:Excellent! (1)

transiit (33489) | more than 8 years ago | (#15864117)

Perhaps I'm missing your inherent irony, but depending on who you talk to slashdot jumped the shark a half decade ago.

As I see it, there are a few camps left. Feel free to suggest others if I've missed them:

The new: Hey, they're new. Can't blame them for that that.
The old: Well, some people believe that there was a golden age of slashdot, and can't quite bring themselves to believe it's over, so they keep coming back, just in case.
The curmudgeons: Ok, so others might believe that slashdot never had any redeeming value, but show up just to reenforce that viewpoint.
The trolls: The static. Find me anywhere that doesn't suffer the noise from the signal over a signficant timeline. Try not to be elitist about it.
The undecided: I heard it was good, once, maybe, so I'm still checking it out.
The true believer: Golden age of slashdot over? Never!
The meta-philosphers: Hey, let's just attach whichever of the previous assertions make sense for today's comment. It's all relative anyway.

I won't identify myself with any specific camp, but let's just say that it's hardly optimistic.

Re:Excellent! (3, Insightful)

Bronster (13157) | more than 8 years ago | (#15864183)

Slashdot falls into the "good enough not to be totally worthless, and nothing else is so significantly better that it's worth switching" bracket. Plus, everyone else[tm] is here.

I think it's largely the "there's enough going on to keep me distracted for an entire workday" factor that makes slashdot so... um... slashdotty.

Yeah, something like that.

Re:Excellent! (4, Funny)

andrewman327 (635952) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863799)

it just became easier than ever for HR departments around the world to sift through that stack of resumes.

Agreed. Just look at this cover my HR department got the other day! (Hey, they're using it for movies, and I think that most of its individual users are dumb enough to do this.)


drear employr,
if u want 2 see my resume', chec out my MySpace. ignore the pix of me (hehe, i was so drunk) and the awesome muzic (i wuz 9 when Maroon 5 relesed that song) and clic on the "CLICK ME" link.

finally something (-1, Offtopic)

Awol411 (799294) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863642)

the search features on myspace have been slow/pathetic. hopefully google with their vast infrastructure will speed up some of the site by using some sort of distributed computing for the search features, which i'm sure requires a lot of cpu speed to search close to 100 million users. i just hope google doesnt try to merge my myspace account with my google account.

Re:finally something (2, Insightful)

eonlabs (921625) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863743)

I'm sure they won't. It's not like they're microsoft or something...

Re:finally something (5, Funny)

MikeWasHere05 (900478) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863752)

hopefully google with their vast infrastructure will speed up some of the site by using some sort of distributed computing for the search features, which i'm sure requires a lot of cpu speed to search close to 100 million users
I wish there was a "Im trying to sound smart but am not at all" mod option.

Re:finally something (1)

kevlarman (983297) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863998)

that's a bit wordy for a mod option, how about 'too much myspace' ?

Re:finally something (1)

joeybagadonuts (849172) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863756)

Your knowledge of myspace frightens me.

Re:finally something (1)

gwbennett (988163) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863953)

Can't you search mysapce at google.com by typing site:myspace.com ....the myspace pages are indexed afaik...

Re:finally something (1)

unborn (415272) | more than 8 years ago | (#15864274)

Only the ones linked to

Google paid Fox? (4, Interesting)

emjoi_gently (812227) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863643)

Google paid Fox nearly a BILLION dollars to provide Fox with a Search Engine? Isn't that kind of backwards?

Re:Google paid Fox? (1)

dannay (955031) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863665)

Not really considering the vasts amounts of targeted advertising information it will crawl

Re:Google paid Fox? (3, Funny)

FlyByPC (841016) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863694)

It's part of Google's charitable "Don't be evil" motto. They're trying to help all of those poor Fox customers see both sides of the current-events issues. That's why they paid Fox; it's not as if Fox has ever actually been interested in disseminating information. Now they'll be able to find all of the FUD-mongering blogs on BOTH sides!

Re:Google paid Fox? (1)

iwsnet (946715) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863961)

I'm surprised they announced in the release that Google is guaranteeing a minmium of $900 million in payments to News Corp. They usually don't give these figures out.

Re:Google paid Fox? (2, Interesting)

dodobh (65811) | more than 8 years ago | (#15864267)

For exclusive advertising rights. If you want to advertise on MySpace, you have to go through Google.

It's not a Myspace.com deal... (2, Informative)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863645)

It's a News Corp deal.

It would be nice if the headline were less... sensationalist.

Re:It's not a Myspace.com deal... (2, Funny)

cryfreedomlove (929828) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863659)

Are you implying that News Corp is sensationalistic? Where is the evidence for that?

google sucks (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15863646)

Didn't think google would be interested in that sort of thing......Cheezy if you ask me

Re:google sucks (2, Funny)

tbmcmullen (940544) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863758)

Didn't think google would be interested in that sort of thing......Cheezy if you ask me

You didn't think that a huge corporation would be interested in making more money? Maybe you should call up Google and let them know that they should start making decisions based on what you think is "cheezy".

Re:google sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15863973)

I should slap you mother

Oh great (0, Redundant)

0racle (667029) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863661)

Like retarded, useless blogs weren't already clogging Googles usefulness. I can't wait till Googles replacement shows up so I can have a year or two of decent search results again.

Re:Oh great (1, Offtopic)

HaloZero (610207) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863681)

I think they may need some time to scrape the gunk out of the tubes, first.

AARGH (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15863672)

MySpace is owned by FOX. I find that realization wrenching. I'm not sure whether FOX has gone up in my estimation or MySpace has gone down. It hurts my brain to realize that big media may be clueful enough to be behind something like MySpace. It's like the dinosaurs realizing that they should grow fur and nurse their young.

Re:AARGH (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15863682)

Jesus fuck! Why is it the position of most slashdot type geeks that everything they find worthwhile or at least with merit is done by anyone but major corporations? You're a fucking myopic moron! Wake the fuck up!

Theory vs. reality (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15863786)

The theory is that the established market players are supposed to be helpless in the face of disruptive technology. The reality is that sometimes they aren't. Grow a sense of humor dude.

Re:AARGH (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15863897)

How does someone go from "Jesus fuck!" to myopic?

Okay here's a thought for you: Major corporations either use R&D department to leech ideas off the masses or have already had their good idea and come into riches. Rarely does a company come up with multiple good ideas in different, unrelated parts of the economy as a startup instead they bring people in to do their thinking for them. So everything worthwhile IS done by the little guy, how else do you think they become a corporation?

Company's never go corporate until they have something to lose. Except they can't have something to lose unless they've done something worthwhile, so by the time they become a big/evil corporation they've done their part and can be hated accordingly.

Taking food from my plate (2, Funny)

Weaselmancer (533834) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863673)

Throwing chairs, etc. You know the drill.

Question (3, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863675)

How can you index a site where 90% of the words are one or 2 meaningless letters?

Re:Question (5, Interesting)

Tokin84 (919029) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863790)

Forget letters... what about numbers replacing whole words! it hurts my brain even thinking about it!

Oh, and lets see, from a business stand point, this is probably a good move my Google. granted, $900M is a ton of money, but with myspace generating over 27.4 billion page views per month (article here [techcrunch.com] ), that's a huge income stream for Google. Even if only 1% of those people even click on a link, which is probably an underestimate, thats 274 million ad clicks per month. At a minimum of $0.01/click, that's $2.74M. Also, don't forget that Google does Cost Per Impressions, or per 1000 ad views. Lets assume you use minimums, as I have throughout this post, and you will see that Google generates another $6.85M/ad displayed. Since Google usually puts up about 5 ads per search, you can assume that they are making $34.25M/month at a minimum. Total, they have a revenue of appoximately $37M/month, all at minimums. Now, this doesn't take into account the fact that most advertisers pay more than the minimums since Google uses cost competitive advertising. However, at minimums, it only takes Google a little over 24 months to recover their costs and start making money. Seems pretty smart to me!

Then again, what do I know!

Re:Question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15863927)

Even if only 1% of those people even click on a link, which is probably an underestimate

I don't know if 1% is a low or high number for "average" consumers, but considering this is myspace, the fraction of people taken in by advertising ('tards, yo!) is quite possibly higher.

Re:Question (1)

babbling (952366) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863807)

dats y dey ned ggl 2 do it!!!!!!!!

The Children! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15863678)

But.. but.. but... think of the children!

Nine hundred millidollars? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15863687)

They should have bargained harder. Just ten more and they could have bought an iTune.

*waits for the myspace bashing* (1)

CUatTHEFINISH (970078) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863691)

Before it happens I just want you people to know, myspace is cool, so cool in fact George Bush and Dick Cheney have one to boost their approval rating. http://www.current.tv/pods/supernews/PD03297 [current.tv] Wait.. maybe it isn't so cool at all. I swear if I hear the name K-Fed one more time -_-.

Worth the Money (1)

natedubbya (645990) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863697)

Maybe I'll be the first to say it, but Fox's buyout of myspace, which seemed astronomically high at the time, has now made all of its money back.


better ways (4, Funny)

spykemail (983593) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863711)

I can think of a lot of better ways to blow $900 million dollars, for example, on vodka and hookers.

Re:better ways (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15863732)

The Rupert Murdoch Liquor, Coke, and Hooker Fund is currently funded through November 27, 2895 AD. The MySpace purchase is simply so he can have easy access to hot young skanks.

Re:better ways (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15863757)

Damn straight.

Re:better ways (1)

aztec rain god (827341) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863979)

Seems like a pretty good idea to me, kinda reminds me of the old strategy of the cigarette companies- hook 'em when they're young. Think of it like this, Google is an aggregator of personal information to be utilized for marketing purposes. It's not inconceivable that they're in bed with the likes of ChoicePoint and their ilk. So... if you have the kiddies' social networks mapped out, and you know what they're searching for, and perchance if you get some of them onto gmail, Google would pretty much have the keys to the kingdom of one of the only demographics with any disposable income right now.

Just a thought.

Re:better ways (1)

Cheapy (809643) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863983)

Screw the vodkda and hookers, I just want the money!

Re:better ways (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15864043)

Only on slashdot would this be modded informative.

Re:better ways (1)

kertong (179136) | more than 8 years ago | (#15864223)

9 million $1 hookers, or 1 $9,000,000 hooker? Hmmm.

So many jokes, so little time (2, Funny)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863713)

Myspace + Google + MTV = Pimp my Site

Re:So many jokes, so little time (1)

Overfiend1976 (979710) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863966)

http://www.pimpmypro.com/ [pimpmypro.com]
Your a bit late on that joke :P

Re:So many jokes, so little time (1)

HAKdragon (193605) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863967)

Unfortunatly, sites like that already exist. There's pimp myspace and pimp my profile and I'm sure many others.

Clarification :: Google paid, not was paid (5, Informative)

LordOfTheNoobs (949080) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863718)

"Under the terms of the agreement, Google will be obligated to make guaranteed minimum revenue share payments to Fox Interactive Media of $900 million based on Fox achieving certain traffic and other commitments"

Requote from the Register [theregister.co.uk] article pertaining.

Google paid News Corp to be the sole advertiser. Not News Corp paid Google to provide search.

Thank you, that is all...

Re:Clarification :: Google paid, not was paid (1)

Mantrid42 (972953) | more than 8 years ago | (#15864097)

Wait, so now instead of banner ads that start playing music or games like "Help Bush out-knit Saddam" (I shit you not), I just get nice adsense ads? This is actually pretty awesome. Now if only there were a way to have a social life without needing MySpace...

improving myspace (2, Interesting)

steve426f (746013) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863720)

damn, only search capabilities. I was hoping that Google had bought myspace so that the interface would actually be decent and not allow people to simultaneously play fifty mp3's and movies.

Re:improving myspace (1)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 8 years ago | (#15864077)

You can play fifty mp3s simultaneously??? Sweet!!!

[ Go to add tons of songs to myspace account....furthuring the quest to make the most annoying web page ever ]

Re:improving myspace (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15864159)

It's spelled: F I T T Y

myspace sucks (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15863731)

thanks

Myspace doesn't HAVE a search function (2, Insightful)

British (51765) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863769)

...to begin with.

Go to "myspace groups". Try doing a search for anything. The result set is always ALL the groups, thus making it useless.

Heck, the 'add to favorites' has bad strings in it(look at the confirmation page). Apparently someone doesn't know how to spell favorite.

Hey myspace, how about signing a captcha deal to stop the spammer bots?

Re:Myspace doesn't HAVE a search function (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 8 years ago | (#15864076)

British (51765) said:
Apparently someone doesn't know how to spell favorite.

Is it you, or they, that's supposed to spell it "favourite?"

Just curious.

The Unbreakable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15864217)

It reminds me of this movie. Two opposite ends of a curve are finally meeting together. Google - Myspace, simply designed pages - stupidly designed pages,one is search engine, for other the search doesn't work. Oh well - now I know why MySpace (evil) was written to display so much crap . It was trying to find Google( do no evil).

The Three Most Contradictory Stores On Slashdot (1)

tonyr1988 (962108) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863817)

First, we hear about accessibility [slashdot.org] . Then, we get protection [slashdot.org] .

And then, this. MySpace is the most inaccessible, untrustworthy, badly coded website made worse by the piles of pasted code by pre-teen posers onto their profile to add 7 streaming videos, 20 animated cursor trails, and a background image that matches perfectly with the text of the entire page.

What strange bedfellows....

"I'm Feeling Lucky" (3, Funny)

Hamster Lover (558288) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863819)

Combining MySpace with Google takes "I'm Feeling Lucky" to a whole new level.

Ang how long before Google lets users "customize" their Google home page into an illiterate pile of horseshit featuring blaring Boy Band background "music", with hot pink on orange text all on top of some weird, annoying Anime/Sailor Moon/rice mobile backround?

Re:"I'm Feeling Lucky" (1)

nude-fox (981081) | more than 8 years ago | (#15863892)

i for one am excited by this new oppertunity

WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15863915)

What the fuck is up with those Quaker Granola bar commercials?

wow... (5, Insightful)

marleyboy (174610) | more than 8 years ago | (#15864068)

Look what Google just did. They cornered the advertising niche for the largest single techno-social group on the web. They are going to put ads for brand new cell phones in the myspace addicts hands, deliver performing equipment ads to bands, and they will probably turn around and let bands advertise their gigs for next to nothing.

As we watch it, google is inventing the new economy in the new society. They will establish themselves in such a way that a severe impact on Google's functions will be visibly noticed, and by everyone. So they collaborate with MTV, the largest major youth/indepedant media business in the myspace nation. One metaphor would be that MTV is the natural gas that these kids cook things up with.

This now becomes political, especially with Google where it is on the net-neutrality issues. Say the government forces Google to do something that adversely impacts these members of myspace. Voices begin to be heard, and these people will be voting soon.

Here's a couple of questions. How many members of MySpace will be turning old enough to vote by the time Bush is to be replaced? Is that enough to sway a victory? And, what's going to happen when the myspace nation finds a political leader?

The shit's boiling over and the fans are on high. I don't want to be in here but I'm wearing my yellow slicker.

Let me guess... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15864154)

you've been an unemployed tech marketer since 2000, right?

Re:wow... (1)

Sinryc (834433) | more than 8 years ago | (#15864282)

Holy fuck, that has to be one of the best written replys I have ever read. You hit the head of the nail right there.

Popularity Contest (0, Offtopic)

Tama00 (967104) | more than 8 years ago | (#15864305)

Myspace is a giant popularity contest.. and the winner is TOM!

P.S add me www.myspace.com/iamtama

I NEED FRIENDS
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