PC magazine has published a collection of the ‘25 Worst Web Sites‘. Many of them are failed dot.coms (pet.com), or crooked ventures, or just bad ideas. But the number one worst site of all time is declared to be myspace.com. Aside from the possible dangers of predatory adults, they note:
Graphically, many MySpace pages look like a teenager’s bedroom after a tornado–a swirl of clashing backgrounds, boxes stacked inside other boxes, massive photos, and sonic disturbance. Try loading a few of those pages at once and watch what happens to your CPU. Watch out for spyware, too, since it turns out that MySpace has become a popular distribution vector for drive-by downloads and other exploits. And in a place where “U are soooooooo hot!!!” passes for wit, MySpace isn’t doing much to elevate the level of social discourse.
Meanwhile, the slightly more mature and sedate environment of facebook.com has lowered its barriers for participation. It was formerly limited to higher ed students, and the qualifier was having a .edu email address. Now its open to many more communities, and nephew Austen has contacted me through facebook with a friends request. I was also invited to join a group in facebook called “my name is Robert Reed”.