Myspace News to launch today?

On Thursday morning MySpace will launch its much rumored news property at Expect a press release around 7 am EST. The news property is built on Newroo technology, a company they acquired in early 2006 for a rumored $7 million. Newroo had interesting technology, but were acquired prior to launch.

I spoke to Newroo founders (and current Myspace/Fox employees) Brian Norgard and Dan Gould, as well as Fox Interactive Labs head Dan Strauss, this evening about the new property. Like Google news, MySpace news will pull news items from a number of trusted sources via their RSS feeds. The news items will then be organized into 25 main categories and 300 sub-categories including sports, politics, style, and technology. The order of the news items will be determined by user voting, taking into account the freshness of the news. Users can vote on each item of news with a ranking of 1-5. Higher ranked and higher voted items will appear at the top of each category.

Down the road we can probably expect users to submit news items directly.

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Interesting technology but in my time on Neowin it has proven very difficult to get members to even rank forum topics and news items. With an average of under 10 votes per news item (overall) I am currently looking at ways to improve our news offering on one page in a future version of neowin, as well as the classic category views.

I think the best idea is to allow members (or guests) to simply choose if they want to make their own custom news page with elements like rss feeds from other sources and offer the default static view that we have now as a default.

How about they make the site better? Make it easy to customise or something like that. It's the worst site on the web, yet it's one of the most popular!?!

People that use MySpace read the news? Pffft. Wait.. I have a MySpace..

Seriously though, everyone's practically a bot on that site. I swear I get a ton of invites from porn girls trying to make it big.

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