Web 2.0 copycats: Google stumbles, MySpace digs

Yahoo checked out Google’s ecommerce play Tuesday, Google stumbled upon a roll of the dice Web site recommendation tool yesterday and MySpace digs social news aggregation and voting today.  Where is the innovation?

Yahoo checked out Google’s ecommerce play Tuesday, Google stumbled upon a roll of the dice Web site recommendation tool yesterday and MySpace digs social news aggregation and voting today. 

Where is the innovation? Is Web 2.0 one big copycat playground now?

What is MySpace News? News Corp. does not even make it sound extraordinarily compelling:  

MySpace News aggregates news from around the web and provides MySpace users with the ability to vote on what they think is most interesting.

Just what Tom Anderson’s friends were clamoring for! 

How are the MySpacers adapting?

Page one “Top News” is “Fishing for Fellatio,” deemed “didn’t like it,” following 18 votes. The MySpace News link which supposedly leads to a news story, actually leads to a MySpace framed apparent hobby fishing blog post, a very short and incongruous one:

Dear Bass Pro Shops:

I received your latest letter with great enthusiasm. Lord knows how I ever got on your mailing list, but I'm so glad I did. I get your catalogs once or twice a month, mixed in with a letter here and there. Now you're offering me a Bass Pro Shops credit card. This really makes me wonder about your research department.

Via: Secondhand

The “Bass Pro Shops” leads to a Bass Pro Shop, perhaps a Pay Per Action affiliate deal. 

The entire MySpace News page one presents as an unappealing conglomeration of advertisements of all varieties, sizes and modes, rather than inspiring meaningful social interaction around the "news."

Hey, maybe it is right up the MySpace alley!

ALSO: Google Checkout poached by Yahoo!

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