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Re: Google + MySpace = Nail in the Microsoft Search Coffin?

  • Subject: Re: Google + MySpace = Nail in the Microsoft Search Coffin?
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 09 Aug 2006 05:02:28 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.internet.search-engines
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / ISBE, Manchester University / ITS / Netscape
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__/ [ spamhotmail@xxxxxxxxx ] on Tuesday 08 August 2006 19:47 \__

> Google + MySpace = Nail in the Microsoft Search Coffin?
> Social networking and amateur porn powerhouse MySpace has inked a deal
> with the world's most powerful voyeur, Google.
> Google will pay about $900 million over three years and nine months for
> the privilege of serving search results and advertising to MySpace's
> 100 million pedophiles runaways half-naked teenagers.
> The G Poppa will also power search and ads for other Fox Interactive
> properties, including RottenTomatoes.com and Scout.com. MySpace search
> was previously powered by Yahoo.
> The deal is obviously a win for Google, which is paying to keep its
> competitors out and banking on the continued strength of MySpace.
> Google will also benefit from watching how MySpace users navigate
> through the huge network, which may help Google's own social networking
> plans. Unlike Microsoft and Yahoo, Google doesn't have a robust social
> networking infrastructure.
> It's also interesting to note that MySpace did not contract with
> Microsoft for search. MySpace's infrastructure is almost completely
> MS-based. The two companies were lovey-dovey at the Mix06 conference in
> Vegas earlier this year, when CEO Aber Whitcomb presented how Microsoft
> helped MySpace scale. Combined with Google's 5% deal with AOL, the
> MySpace agreement has got to put a hurting on Microsoft. Wonder what
> happened?

Sure, MySpace is somewhat of a poster child to Microsoft (despite the recent
long outages... Californian heat wave to blame, but no backup arrangements
or datacentre redundancy). MySpace was also a partner of Microsoft. But come
to consider the fact that Microsoft paid A9 to provide results using
Live/MSN rather than Google. The use of search technology seems to have
become a source of revenue. Any large site can actually make revenue (or
receive freebies) by /choosing/ a search provider. Take /this/ story for


Spolsky was once a project manager at Microsoft.

Best wishes,


Roy S. Schestowitz  
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