Last August, just before I left the office for the day, I received a bomb threat on Twitter. Like you do. ‘A bomb has been placed outside your home. It will go off at exactly 10.47 on a timer and trigger destroying everything,’ it read. My reaction? A roll of the eyes, a quick block of the user and a dash to the tube to meet my mate down the pub. I tell you this story not to prove how thick my digital skin has become, more to prove my credentials to you in what I am about to advise.
Imagine being at home a week before Christmas, perhaps doing some present-wrapping with a large glass of red. Then the door goes. It’s the police. And in a split second your life changes for ever. Welcome to Simon Warr’s reality in 2012. What followed were 672 hellish days. A well-known teacher, who regularly appeared on radio and TV, he was accused of sexually abusing former pupils he says he’d never even met.
On an earnings call at the start of this month, Chase Carey, News Corporation's chief operating officer, said: "We've been clear that MySpace is a problem. The current losses are not acceptable or sustainable." And that he wanted "a clear path to profitability" on a timetable measured "in quarters, not in years".