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Monday, Aug. 18, 2008 at 7:58 am

Is Facebook The Right Choice For MySpace Owners?

By Jeffrey Eisenberg
August 18th, 2008

facebook_myspaceSunday’s New York Times surprised me with ” Fox News Joins a Social Network, but Not Its Parent’s Site

“Fox News Channel wants more friends. But instead of reaching out on the News Corporation’s own social network, MySpace, the cable news channel is choosing to network on the site’s chief rival, Facebook.

Think it has anything to do with MySpace’s existing partnership with MSNBC? Fox says it has more to do with audience.”

This is a sign of the maturity of social media, but even more so of News Corporation’s new media sophistication.

Many of our readers are big fans of social networking sites so I want to find out your opinions. If you were in charge, would you have done the same? Would you have used both or perhaps even other sites? Do people want to find and consume news in a social network? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Comments (6)

  1. I feel old. I have stayed up with technology and even have a small web business selling custom signs and banners online. I have a myspace and facebook page but I just don’t get them. My daughter has to be yanked off facebook with a prybar, I usually forget it’s there.

    How do small companies use facebook to market real world products anyway? I just don’t understand.

  2. I have not yet made a social profile but I guess since everyone I know seems to have one or getting one it would make sense to make the plunge and join one probably Facebook since MySpace seems like it is for kids.

  3. Facebook is all about relationships. Social network content is virtual word of mouth. If Facebook is “currently the leading social network” as Brain Stelter quotes, how could getting virtual word of mouth in favor of your news channel go wrong?

  4. I joined Facebook a few months ago and have found it to be a lot of fun. I’ve reconnected with old school buddies and friends. I’ve made some business connections but I’ve found that most of the people on there are small entrepreneurs, like me. It’s almost like corporate America has yet to discover Facebook, and unfortunately, that’s who many of us entrepreneurs want to target as prospects. Wonder how long it will take big companies to realize social networking does have value.

  5. That’s pretty funny, isn’t myspace bigger than facebook, though? I’m a big fan of myspace, i don’t really get facebook, it’s all a bit too much i think, the layout confuses me quite a bit also.

  6. Thank You For Aritcle,

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Jeffrey Eisenberg, founder of FutureNow, is a professional marketing speaker and the co-author of New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling books Call to Action and Waiting For Your Cat to Bark. You can friend him on Facebook.

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