Image by Gustavo da Cunha Pimenta
I’m currently working on a user research project for a science portal which the main audience is teens and twenty-somethings, so I decided to try one of the top web sites for this age range:

I want to share with you some of my first impressions about my personal information page at myspace.

In the sign up process I unchecked the option "Allow others to see when it’s my birthday", but my age and my zodiac sign are displayed (!?). Ok, it’s not exactly my birthday, but why wasn’t I asked if I want to turn this information public?!

On the same page, it’s displayed that I’m single, I don’t smoke and I don’t drink. I wasn’t asked about either of these topics in the sign up…

When I’m logged in and on my page there is a box called "Contacting Gustavo" that makes no sense at all. Why would I block myself, add me to friends, … ? The biggest heading of the page is "Gustavo is in your extended network", again: I’m Gustavo!

These are only some issues about the personal page. All myspace interface is a mess and there are so many features that it’s hard to understand how they are related to each other. But myspace has huge success in this age range that I mentioned and can be considered a reality check to alert us that are no right formulas in web projects.

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