Saturday 24 March 2007

Users vs owners - Myspace gets corporate

Saturdays Guardian has a piece about how Myspace is attempting to reposition itself as the one of the main distributors of digital content and how the user community is opposing it.

Tila Tequila, whose whole record career has been based around Myspace appears to have told to stop linking to an external company who were selling her downloads and Ms Tequila has been quite forthright in blogging about how she feels Myspace has changed.

Kind of reminds of ten years ago when the Internet first started becoming commercalised and the purists out there said the Internet would be ruined. Personally, I think anyone who has managed to build a very successful career and paid virtually nothing for the distribution costs, might actually appreciate that Myspace somewhere down the line needs to make some money.

The New York Times has an interesting article on this as well

Does this smack of desperation?

It appears that Sony was so desperate to get some publicity for the long awaited launch of the Playstation 3, they decided to give all the people who had queued for up to 24 hours outside Virgin megastores a free 42inch Sony Bravia plasma tv worth around £2000.

A fanatastic deal for those people who had just paid £425 for their new Playstations, but you do need to wonder what Sony gets out of this, apart from being £250,000 out of pocket. Sure, you're going to get some publicity, but its going to need to do a lot more to convince the public to stop buying Wii consoles and spend the twice as much on a Playstation 3

Liams art is finally online

My good friend Liam has finally got round to putting his art online so that you can all see what you are missing, and no he doesn't sell his art by the yard.

Friday 23 March 2007

10 things that you can do to make your web site more profitable

Despite Jakob Nielsons egotisitcal style of writing, he normally has some interesting things to say about web site usability and nine times out of ten, he's right. The latest missive called 10 High-Profit Redesign Priorities looks at the ten ways you can make your site more profitable.

All of them are fairly obvious, but worth reading as its amazing that a lot of shops still make the same mistakes time and again.