Long gone is the time when MySpace ruled the online social networking world. Where is it headed now? Please don’t let us down.
In a year, from 2008 to 2009, Facebook has strikingly taken over MySpace‘s success as a social networking platform. Within 3 years, MySpace was one of the most visited websites in the world. However, nowadays, social networkers like to make harsh comments concerning MySpace. According to Ling: “of course, MySpace is losing out. It’s a dinosaur from an earlier era, propped up and still alive because it’s being fed by Rupert Murdoch”.
But why? I think MySpace needs to renew its image. What MySpace is offering compared to Facebook is in fact not such a drawback, it is simply different. Subbek made an interesting comparision: “it is kinda’ like a ‘67 Chevy (MySpace) vs. a 2008 Prius (FB). I would much rather drive the Chevy”.
They say Facebook‘s interface looks more clean. But your MySpace page allows you more creativity. You are not bounded a pre-conceived template. You can distinguish yourself in this matter. It is easier to find someone on Facebook because of the more standardized name search. But MySpace allows you to go under a nickname if you wish and be original.
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I don’t think there is actually anything wrong in MySpace, nor in Facebook. Like Phil Staudt, “I like being able to look at people’s profiles before I have to get down on my hands and knees and beg them to please please be my facebook friend”. But other than that, both could increase their speed and decrease their irritating ads.
One thing I believe MySpace to be much better than Facebook is for its music part. MySpace Music is a whole world in itself and I have yet not found any better way to discover bands and other musical artists. Forget connecting with your friends, peeping into people’s lives, chatting nonsense…MySpace is the place to tune in to different sounds, discover unknown/alternative artists, stay in touch with the art world.
I think MySpace should develop and renew itself towards the arts. What do you think?