MySpace, Facebook to stream Jackson memorial

Social networking sites jump on Jacko bandwagon

Rival social networking Web sites MySpace and Facebook have announced they will stream this week’s Michael Jackson memorial free to members.

The live stream from the Staples Center in Los Angeles starts 3am AEST Wednesday, and will also be broadcast on local television stations ABC1, 7, 9 and 10.

The MySpace live stream is provided courtesy of AEG, and Facebook's by CNN Live.

"The memorial will be streamed real time, free, and people will be able to comment or link over to Michael Jackson's profile," Sarah Joyce of MySpace Music told AFP.

Since the announcement of Michael Jackson’s death on the 26th of June, almost 200,000 Australians have visited his MySpace profile .

On Facebook, The King of Pop has jumped from 80,000 fans prior to his death, to 6.7 million, making his fan page the most popular on the social networking site.

Guest performers taking part in the 90-minute memorial include Mariah Carey, Usher, Stevie Wonder, and Lionel Richie.

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