MySpace is Everyone’s Space

It’s growing …

Hitwise is reporting that MySpace was the website most visited by US internet users last week. This is the first time that’s happened, the company reports. Yahoo and Google traditionally lead the pack, but Hitwise’s Bill Tancer points out today that MySpace attained a market share figure of 4.5% of all the US Internet visits for the week ending July 8, 2006. Though traffic stats are always hard to determine, Hitwise is establishing itself as one of the most authoritative voices on the subject.

Recent numbers for MySpace put the service at 75 million plus users, 15 million daily unique logins, 240,000 new users per day, and nearly 30 billion monthly page views – that’s 10,593 page views per second.

Pretty soon, it’ll be worth a news story if you don’t have a MySpace page.I can remember the old days (the late 90s) of Web communities like Tripod and Geocities. Those sites attempted to create a network of cheap, easy, personal home pages. But the Web wasn’t ready. Technology and bandwidth had yet to catch up.

Now social media is all the rage: Flickr, Digg, MySpace and countless others trade on the user-generated content. It’s no longer a one-way street where you digest what you get online. It’s all about users mashing-up, aggregating, disseminating and contributing original content.

MySpace, with its trashy layouts, annoying ads, bad music and bothersome videos, does this well. And it keeps people in touch. Despite some awkward interfaces, it’s relatively easy to use to boot. Can it still grow? You bet. Not everyone has a MySpace. Not even me.

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