My prediction regarding AOL’s rumored “MySpace Killer”

My prediction regarding AOL’s rumored “MySpace Killer”: (Background: The rumor du jour is “AOL is about to launch a Myspace Killer.” )

My prediction: AOL’s MySpace killer will kill MySpace the same way AOL Journals killed TypePad and Blogger and WordPress. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting MySpace won’t get killed. I’m just predicting it won’t be by AOL. Indeed, my resident teenage focus group thinks MySpace is “lame.” They think AOL is lamer, however. This month, at least, Facebook rules the fickle social media roost of my focus group. That’s this month. Next month, who knows?

Update: Staci is being the party-pooper over at She says, today’s rumor is “actually oldish news that was reported months ago.” She also says this shouldn’t be framed as “cool vs. un-cool.” I agree: It should be framed as un-cool vs. un-cooler.

Update II: Ted Leonsis (Vice Chairman of America Online, Inc. and President of AOL’s audience-based businesses, Owner of the Washington Capitals) says “We’re not launching a MySpace killer.” Translation (via Michael Arrington): “AOL is launching a MySpace killer.”

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TV Guide launches boob-tube bloggerville

TV Guide launches boob-tube bloggerville: (From the press release) has launched one of the largest professional entertainment blog communities on the Internet…. Over 65 entertainment blogs are now live on the site, featuring expert reporting and commentary from writers and editors from both TV Guide magazine and Each blog allows users to post comments and interact with the site’s critics. In addition, every user can create his or her own blog about entertainment using’s simple blogging tools.”

Sidenote: Here’s another (non-professional?) “TV community” you should check out, The TV IV. Also, it’s a very impressive example of the use of a wiki platform.

(via: Dave Winer)

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Endurance junkie

Endurance junkie: Lance Armstrong says he’ll run the NYC Marathon in November, but not as a professional:


Before committing to become a full-time cyclist, Armstrong competed in triathlons as a teenager. He indicated he has no plans to run marathons or enter triathlons professionally, at least not at this time.

Prediction: From reading his autobiographies and participating (very slowly, very anonymously and very badly) in a few triathlons, I’ve always felt Armstrong would have preferred triathlons if the sport had the business opportunities that European cycling offered him. He was a great distance swimmer as a teenager. Perhaps doing a marathon is his way of judging what it would take for him to compete in the one leg of the “Ironman” (a brand name for the type of triathlon that ends with a marathon-distance run) where he wouldn’t be at the elite level right off the bench. Or maybe all he wants to do is have some fun (oops, out of date lyrics).

(via: Mark Oldham)