MySpace'sÂ effort to emulate the distinguishing status updates feature of Facebook went down quickly after introduction and remainsÂ down:
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While the typical MySpace user surely hasn't noticed the blip, social networking observers are keen to see whether Facebook has any enduring competitive advantages over MySpace.Â The friend status feed has been a unique feature for the upstart network, and according to the FB corporate blog, a technological achievement.Â How well MySpaceÂ makes the shadowing moveÂ will reveal the depth of their technical bench.Â Are they a decent media companyÂ firstÂ but far second as a technologistÂ toÂ theÂ leaderÂ as Yahoo is to Google, or is thatÂ characterizationÂ false?
MySpace has never made any deep innovations.Â Their technical competitive strength in the war against Friendster was the ability toÂ engineer scalability.Â While Friendster choked on their open source platform, MySpaceÂ outran them with ColdFusion on steriods.Â Friendster couldn't deliver pageviews or messages and had to cap the friend list at 500, while MySpace's scalability allowed it to foster a laissez fair environment that placed few bounds on the creativity of its users, whoÂ under this liberal regime made theÂ system a runaway success.
In this round againstÂ Facebook, scaling the mundane -- delivering page views and messages -- is now a problem widely solvable.Â The magic is in the innovations that require mathematics and computer science, problems that cannot be solvedÂ with simpleÂ algorithms andÂ by eliminating bottlenecksÂ or throwing more commodity machines into the webfarm.Â Facebook makes much of the social graph, and I suspect the term is more than a mere metaphor.Â The innovations on Facebook probably rely much on graph theory and other beyond engineering domains.
Anybody canÂ put computer scientists or mathematicians on staff but is that enough against a technocracy running on all cylinders?Â The technology gap between Yahoo and Google is probably two years or so -- and never narrowing -- and worth billions and billions in market cap.Â How MySpace recovers from this stumble will indicate the size of their gap.
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