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sarah d_scalet
Senior Editor

A MySpace Time Line

Mar 01, 20071 min
Identity Management SolutionsPrivacySocial Networking Apps

Key events in the evolution of the social networking phenomenon

January 2004

Official site launch of MySpace

February 2004

1 million members

November 2004

5 million members

October 2005

$580 million acquisition by News Corporation

May 2006

Hemanshu Nigam hired as CSO

June 2006 80 million members • MySpace announces it will block adults from contacting 14- and 15-year-olds without knowing their

e-mail address or full name, make privacy settings available for all users, and block alcohol and tobacco ads for underage users

August 2006

100 million members

October 2006

• Wired reports that hundreds of registered sex offenders have created MySpace pages using their own names

December 2006 135 million members • Worm using QuickTime exploit spreads through MySpace

• MySpace announces a plan for blocking convicted sex offenders from the site

January 2007 • Four families sue MySpace, claiming their underage daughters were sexually abused by adults they met on the site

• MySpace announces that it’s developing free software that parents can use to monitor public information their children post at the site

February 2007

150 million members