SAN DIEGO -- Storage Networking World -- The challenge of breaking into the Chinese market, child safety, and building a storage infrastructure to support 100 million users are all high on the agenda of Aber Whitcomb, chief technology officer at social networking Website MySpace.com.
Launched in September 2003, MySpace.com has already racked up 65 million users, enabling them to access images, music, and video files as well as their online buddies. "We wanted to do something for everyone, [and] it has become incredibly popular," Whitcomb noted during his keynote here yesterday.
Some 250,000 new users are now logging onto the site every day, and Whitcomb expects to reach the 100 million mark in the next few months. The exec has also got his eye on the most populous market on the planet. "I was just in China last week, trying to figure out how to launch MySpace China," he said.
But gaining an online toehold in China is easier said than done. Yahoo and Google, for example, recently came under the scrutiny of a U.S. Senate committee amidst concerns that the Chinese government could use them to identify dissidents over the Internet.
"You have to be very careful about going into China," admitted Whitcomb. "You need to have a license from the government in order to start a commercial Website." This, he said, explains why most large U.S. firms team up with local partners to break into the Chinese market.