I consider myself net savy. I have half dozen or more email accounts, a website and a blog. I've discovered the good, bad and the ugly while cruising the net. But there's one place I've avoided like the plague, that's MySpace.
I first became familiar with MySpace about eight months ago through working at the newspaper. Various stories started popping up on newswires about adults who met children through their MySpace blogs. Whatever MySpace was, I didn't want my name, or IP address associated with it. But lately, I've been having second thoughts.
According to Publisher's Weekly, at this year's Licensing 2006, the emphasis was on the tween market. Actually, this market has been hot for quite some time now, which is why my licensing agent advised me some three years ago to create art that appeals to the demographic. MyPeepz®, a property that I developed, and is designed to appeal to tweeners, children, ages 8 to 12, debuted at Licensing last year, but thus far doesn't have a major supporter — I need a Disney or Nickelodeon — so, MySpace might be just the way to get the word out.
I just visited MySpace for the first time; it looks rather innocent, as compared to even a typical image search on Google. Just as anything else, it's probably as innocent, or deviant, as the person behind it. I think MySpace may be another one of those little things I've allowed to mushroom into some sort of monster. Either that, or now that I've found a possible commercial purpose, I'm starting to rationalize.
Whatever, I'm gonna sit on this awhile, no quick decisions.