MySpace launches its own “news feed” feature called “Friend Updates”

27 Nov

The success of Facebook’s “news feed”, which provides a user with constant updates from his or her friends, urged MySpace, its main rival and social networking behemoth, in launching a similar feature.


It was announced yesterday by Peter Levinsohn, president of MySpace parent company Fox Interactive Media, at the Reuters Media Summit. “The concept of a news feed is something we are very focused on, and we’ll be well down the path in the next 30 to 45 days”, Levinsohn told Reuters.

This new feature is still in beta version and can only be used by users from Ireland and New Zealand at the moment. Below you can see the pop-up message from MySpace, notifying the user of this new feature.

In the actual Friend Updates, except the “Home” tab where all the updates will appear, one can find a “Subscription Preferences” tab where the user can select what sort of updates will be received by selecting or deselecting the appropriate tick boxes. The feature, as the image below shows, is providing notifications when friends have updated their profiles, or when they added new photos, videos, blogs or music (the later is only available for bands).

A third tab titled “My Subscriptions” show the user’s friends list where one can select / subscribe to their friends updates. Finally, the last tab “Subscription Privacy settings” allows the user to choose the updates that his or her friends receive when his own profile is updated, or a new photo, video or blog is added. As with Facebook’s “news feed”, MySpace “Friend Update” is “concerned” about privacy and includes the following message:

A few weeks ago, Mark Zuckerberg announced that the “news feed” could be used by brands to socialise with consumers (since brands are allowed to create profiles which could effectively treated as “friends”) and also place products in the social context of its popular feature “news feed”. It looks like MySpace is trying to catch up with Facebook in this field.

Posted by on November 27, 2007 in Uncategorized


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10 responses to “MySpace launches its own “news feed” feature called “Friend Updates”

  1. Anonymous

    November 27, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    >i dont like it its very annoying

  2. cheryl

    November 27, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    >i want it removed from my file its an invasion of my privacy i want it removed from my file soon it takes up too much room on my file

  3. cheryl

    November 28, 2007 at 1:46 am

    >it could cause a virus if not removed

  4. cheryl

    November 28, 2007 at 6:03 am

    >im going to keep the feature do not remove

  5. Epicurus

    November 28, 2007 at 9:54 am

    >I understand that this feature can be very annoying to many but in fact it is good way to stay informed about anything your friends do. I am using the “news feed” on Facebook and I have to admit that it has some pretty good features (like the birthday reminder for instance). On the other hand, I am usually deselecting most of the tick-boxes on my privacy settings so that my friends will not receive notifications on any single update of my profile.

  6. cheryl

    November 28, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    >i just dont want it on my file i have a very old computer it could crash my computer if not removed from my myspace file thank you and have a great day

  7. Epicurus

    November 28, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    >Hi Cheryl,”Friend Updates” is not live just yet. It’s being tested and if I am right only users from Ireland and New Zealand can use it at the moment. So I wouldn’t worry about it for the moment.If, however, you are using the NZ or IE version of MySpace, then you can go to Edit on “Friend Updates” and deselect all of your friends by clicking at the “My Subsriptions” tab and un-ticking the “Select/Deselect All” tick-box. By that you won’t receive any notifications from your friends updates.Hope that helps.P.S: Even if you do have this feature on I don’t think that it will make your PC crash.

  8. cheryl

    November 28, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    >oh ok thank you

  9. Anonymous

    December 20, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    >i am very angry i want the friend update feature removed immediantly from my page i cant see my top friends faces because of this and its an invasion of my privacy i can just leave a bulliten if i want to know if i have pictures upand its taking up too much room on my page remove it quicky im very mad get back with me

  10. Social Media News

    December 20, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    >Hi there,I am not sure why you can’t see your “friends’ faces” or how you can delete this feature entirely. However, if you don’t want to receive any updates, you could simply go to the “Friend Updates” edit page (bottom right hand side) and do the following:1. Go to the “Subscription Preferences” tab and click on deselect all. Make sure that you click the “save” button after that.and 2. Deselect all of your subscriptions by clicking at the “My Subscriptions” tab and un-ticking the “Select/Deselect All” tick-box. Make sure that you click the “update subscriptions” button after that. If you are concerned about your privacy, I would also suggest going to the “Subscription Privacy Settings” and deselecting everything. Now your “friends” will not receive notifications when you update your profile 😉 Again, don’t forget to click the save button after doing that.Hope this helps.


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