Monday, 23 June 2008

It's the economy, stupid!

So MySpace is going through a redesign.
"Dubbed 'MySpace 2.0' internally, the redesign will be completed over the next four months and a wide range of new features introduced, all intended to shed its reputation as a media platform for music-crazed teens and make it the prism through which all its users access the internet - from communication to sharing pictures, listening to music to watching TV," reports Owen Gibson, interviewing MySpace's Tom Anderson in today's Guardian newspaper.
Good on you, Tom, but what we civilians want is a piece of software that allows us to aggregate all our social networking profiles into one place. Now that would be an economical use of our time but not what any of them would go for.

Just how two faced can you get?

Striking staff at France's leading paper Le Monde are demanding that print becomes integrated with online as one way to save the paper from a wave of redundancies. Bizarrely the online offering, one of the few parts of the paper to make money, is controlled by a subsidiary.
"The first response has been to cut staff, when really what we need is a profound reflection on improving the relationship between the web and the paper, and the future of digital. That isn't happening," Michel Delberghe of the CFDT, the union representing journalists at the newspaper is reported as saying in an article in this morning's Guardian newspaper.
Why do I get the feeling that the journalists now demanding integration between paper and online are exactly the same people who a few years ago would have been arguing that the web was beyond their job's worth and insisting other people, in another office, did it?