Myspace Embraces the Darkness
Myspace.com, the hugely popular social networking site, reported outages this past Sunday, blamed on the blackouts. Myspace founder and everyones friend, Tom Anderson, posted a message to the main page stating "things were screwy" and blamed the blackouts and weak power grid in their L.A. datacenter. But on a plus side, myspace users were given a Pac-Man game to placate them! I wonder how many myspace users KNEW what Pac-man was before seeing this? Maybe their Mom or Dad talked about their earliest memories chasing ghosts and chomping pellets, but other then that, I doubt they have any clue. I wonder what Atari had to say about that? 96 million users, at 1984's .25 a game, I say myspace owes them about 4 million in arcade fees. (If I were Atari, I'd demand payment in sticky arcade tokens!) No, it was probably a cheap knock off clone written by a Myspace Monkey while his cage was being cleaned.
The more interesting aspect of this event is the fact that it happened at all. Myspace is being touted as "the most popular social networking site on the internet" and with the recent purchase by News Corp (Parent of the fairly unbalanced Fox News) last year for $580 million dollars, what is going on there? What kind of infrastructure is built where a world wide site can be brought to its knees by a local power outage? Myspace sure hasn't invested that money and banner revenue in content improvements . And its not going to infrastructure. So where is it? All I know is I sure hope Tom at least got himself a new white board.