Recent press stories have centered on MySpace being a den of prurient activity. With 67 million users, it seems unlikely that there would be zero prurient activity, if you think about it.
MySpace’s reaction to this has been to delete some accounts with improper activity. “Some accounts” meaning tens of thousands. The buzz is that MySpace has “hired an adult”, which means that the perception is growing among MySpace users that they are being monitored, chaperoned, or otherwise Big Brothered. No one wants a community without freedom of expression.
and his summary
So my advice to AOL would be: Focus not on unseating MySpace, Focus on creating a community site that gives users the freedom they demand – and be prepared to defend that freedom when the inevitable bad press arises.
I posted a comment up there, basically saying why didn’t MSN introduce a pageranking service like slashdot? Nothing like a bit of self-moderation to keep the naughtys at bay. I’ve added J.LeRoy to my blogroll in the sidebar.