Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Why can't some firms innovate for the better

A simple rule like not allowing an adult lookup the profile of someone under the age of 18 seems sensible on a social networking site.  I don't think one should even call this innovation.  It is appropriate product/service design. Yet, the internet's largest social networking site does not get it right the first time. It took a couple of state attorney general's to intervene before they implemented this rule.

Now, these websites have purged more than 90,000 sex offenders from their rosters.  A very infamous distinction to have them in the first place. 

More importantly, the parent firm of msypace.com owned by Rupert Murdoch also runs that foul-mouthed conservative news channel called Fox News.  The kind of "morals" and conservative "ideals" they discuss so much on their conservative shows do not agree with what myspace.com has been doing.  I wonder how they reconcile such things.


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