Russell Beattie writes that MySpace scares him because he doesn’t get it, and I’ve got to say I understand why, considering there were 54 million users (who have blogs as standard) on the service and from recent reports the number grows between 100,000-300,000 users per week. Certainly the new owners of The Blog Herald, and anyone else interested in the growth in blogosphere would be wise to try to follow it. When most people in the blogosphere write about blogs and blogging they seem to ignore MySpace, and yet the reality is that MySpace is not only the biggest provider of blogs out there, its also where the vast majority of teens are based as well. Those teens in 2, 3, 5, 10 years time will be leaders in the blogosphere, and they are starting out at MySpace. Understanding them now will give anyone involved in the industry a better understanding of what to expect in the future.
If you are interested in trying out MySpace or want to connect on it, I’ve set up a MySpace site here and blog here. I haven’t had much time to play around with it yet but if anyone is interested we can do some exploring together. Certainly my first impressions have varied between “this is exciting…not” and amazement given the relative flexibilty the service provides in terms of customization and what not.