Facebook is turning into MySpace

My biggest complaint with MySpace is, the profile pages get out of hand. They become outrageously long with vast numbers of images, videos and other junk. Facebook by comparison has always been cleaner, simpler and lighter. MySpace profiles take forever to load, even on broadband. Facebook profiles were snappy.

No longer.

I checked a profile today that contained a total of 1750 files coming in at 11.83 Mb. It took a total of 9minutes and 19 seconds to fully load. Outrageous. This user has a total of 75 Facebook apps installed.

Facebook need to fix the problem. There are a few simple solutions. For example, split the profile into multiple pages, with a few apps on each page. Or let users load one app at a time. Whichever way, something has to change.

I wonder if this signals the beginning of Facebook’s end.

Affiliate Revenue Sharing

A friend recently told me about rakeback poker sites. When you play poker, you pay a small fee to the casino for the use of the table, this is called a rake. If I introduce you to Poker Website X, they will pay me a percentage of your rake. The latest affiliates offer to share that percentage with you, it’s called rakeback.

I think this concept will take off and spread to other affiliate schemes. For example, the travel related site BeWelcome.org could sign up as an affiliate with somebody like Expedia (an online travel agent). If BeWelcome receive 5% of user spending, they could split that with the user. The result as a user is a 2.5% discount on Expedia.

The same principle could apply to any number of affiliate schemes. From selling books to cars or credit cards. I think there’s a great untapped market here, particularly amongst existing community web sites like Facebook and MySpace. These sites could command impressive deals with affiliates and offer their users great bargains. It’s a win-win.

Using the purchasing power of 30m Facebook users to get better deals would be great for business on all sides.