Friday Random 10: Facebook v. MySpace Edition

Pax Arcana

I was prodded into joining Facebook late last summer by the swarm of younger co-workers who revere me as something of a God — if my translation of their native language is correct — for my gregarious charm and seersucker pants.

Of course, before Facebook was all the rage, there was MySpace. I never started a MySpace page because I would rather remove my own eyeballs, fill my ocular cavities with butane and stare into the sun until my face burst into flames than look at most MySpace pages.

According to TechCrunch, April 2008 marks the moment when Facebook finally caught up to MySpace, with both sites registering about 115 million users per month. By comparison, Pax Arcana attracts roughly 275 biznillion users according to the phony documents I send to potential advertisers.

What’s interesting to me is that most of Facebook’s most recent growth comes from abroad:

Facebook added 75 million monthly uniques over the last twelve month, but just 13 million of those visitors are located in the U.S. MySpace added 5 million U.S. uniques during that period – at this rate it will take 4+ years for Facebook to catch up to MySpace in the U.S. market.

More than four years? By that time, instead of blogging and Facebooking, we’ll all be glorping and RedRocketing or something. I’m old. I suck.

On to the songs:

Pot Kettle Black — Wilco
Education — Modest Mouse
Prenzlauerberg — Beirut
Don’t Touch That Dial! — Bettie Serveert
Wildcat — Ratatat
D. Feathers — Bettie Serveert
It’s a Fire — Portishead
Sleep Sunshine — The Whigs
Eiffel Tower High — Hüsker Dü
’92 Subaru — Fountains of Wayne

Bonus video:

Wishing Well — Terrence Trent D’Arby

The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.



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9 responses to “Friday Random 10: Facebook v. MySpace Edition

  1. Perry Ellis

    Wow, two of my favorite songs in one RT – Don’t Touch That Dial and Eiffel Tower High. How are you liking Bettie Serveert, BTW?

    No iPod today for me so no RT from me. But I offer this Top 10 instead:

    Top 10 Celtics players from last night

    1 – Ray Allen
    2 – Ray Allen
    3 – Ray Allen
    4 – Ray Allen
    5 – Ray Allen
    6 – Ray Allen
    7 – Ray Allen
    8 – Ray Allen
    9 – Ray Allen
    10 – Ray Allen

  2. 1. George Harrison – Mother Divine
    2. The Kills – Goodnight Bad Morning
    3. Argent – Hold Your Head Up
    4. Otis Taylor – Absinthe
    5. Death Cab for Cutie – Grapevine Fires
    6. Todd Rundgren – Can We Still Be Friends (WTF?)
    7. The White Stripes – Rag & Bone
    8. The Beatles – Two of Us
    9. Beck – Chemtrails
    10. John Coltrane & Miles Davis – So What

  3. Perry, there was this guy named Paul Pierce that came up huge! Only Paul Pierce couldve shut down Kobe Bryant and without that nothing else would’ve mattered.

    Ray was out of control dont get me wrong, but Paul was the MVP.

  4. Perry Ellis

    No argument here. I just love Ray-Ray because he’s my age and he’s awesome.

  5. Saying Ray is awesome is about as accurate as saying Pax is revered at work. But Ray did come up big last night, unlike Pax, who abandoned our softball team for other priorities.

  6. Rangers 5
    Mariners 2

    Pax’s two swinging K’s notwithstanding.

  7. Perry Ellis

    I remember Pax as being among the most revered when I worked with him. Oh, wait, should that be reviled? I always get those two confused. Anyway, Ray Allen is still awesome, his recent, mysterious bout if canthitthesideofthebarnwithabazookaitis notwithstanding. Awesome, I say, to yon young whippersnapper.

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  9. “Wishing Well” … I’m so incredibly happy.

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