Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Development spend: Same, but need to crank things up again
Number of MySpace profiles viewed: 264
Not to sound racist in any way but, there really are some weird Americans out there. And a hell of lot of them seem to be on MySpace.
Okay, more than enough thoughtful, witty and okay ones to keep the balance (I hope) but when Americans take the Mad Pill they really go for it.
I've spent nine hours searching MySpace for people to introduce to sweeble - people who seem like they might have a story to tell or interesting opinions to share - and sending individual emails to complete strangers who seem to fit the sweebler profile based on reading their MySpace page (not exactly text-book marketing techniques, I know, but there's just me here and I'm doing my best).
And by 'eck there are some scary people out there! Almost all American (probably just the MySpace makeup, or maybe because Brits stay away from the forums?). Needless to say, I didn't send an email to the woman who runs a pro-death penalty site (up-to-the-minute zap counts), to the pro-life, pro-military, pro-gun Republican who likes "leading Liberals into the light", or the guy pretending to be South Asian whose hobby is "eating babies and raping hookers". Oh, and the several guys who couldn't spell 'enormous' in 'enormous cock'.
I shouldn't be surprised by any of this. Five years on newsdesks answering the phone to the daily nutcase has left me pretty thick-skinned. And it is what I want the Net to be - an open space regulated by its users, not corporate parental locums.
All part of humanity's rich seam, really. But right now I'm feeling glad there's an ocean, or a lot of anonymous links and cables, between some of us.