Myspace is the one place on the web where poor web design meets with a collective lack of aesthetic sensibility and poor taste in music.
Putting a colorful image as your background, and making all the layout tables transparent is an awesome idea. It’s not like anyone ever reads the comments or your silly “About Me” section anyway. I always said that nothing makes a girl look more sexy than 37 animated glitter gifs scattered through her profile.
Don’t forget to tYpE iN MiXeD CaPs! All the cool kids are doing it.
Also, please pick the most obnoxious song to play in the background. Everyone knows that the best possible way to express yourself is to blast the same song as 10000 other myspace users. It really underlines your individuality, and shows that you are a nonconformist free spirit.
comic © xkcd
Myspace is the new Geocities.
It would be so easy to turn this around though.
- Strip all HTML tags other than a and maybe img (they already strip script and iframe tags)
- force click-to-play on all the embedded songs
- auto size posted images (so the layout is not broken when someone posts a wide image)
- run a script that will strip style tags from all existing profiles
This would be 5-10 lines of code, and usability of the site would go up some odd 60% or more. Sure, users would cry that you b0rked their awesome profile theme. It’s not like they are gonna quit. Not if all their friends still use the site.
One semi-cluefull web developer could fix myspace in 2-3 hours. How come this has not been done yet? Why does myspace allow users to screw around with the css? Don’t they realize that allot of people remove their banner ads this way?
[tags]myspace, web design, ugly, bad design, geocities[/tags]