MySpace hit by datacentre power failure


MySpace hit by datacentre power failure

Tash Shifrin

Social networking website MySpace was shut down for more than half a day after a power outage at its datacentre.

The site, which has an estimated 57 million users worldwide and two million in the UK, lets users design their own homepage, post music and blog. It has been credited with launching the careers of recently emerged popstars, who are able to build up a fanbase by posting their music online.

The site is now up and running again – but it has been a tough week for MySpace users, who experienced the shutdown just days after security experts warned that they may have been infected with adware spread by an internet banner advert on social networking sites.
MySpace was acquired for £340m last year by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. The company is now considering selling its search engine function in a move that is likely to spark interest from advertisers seeking to target MySpace’s young user base.


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