I head that MySpace is dead. No one actually uses that site anymore. At least that’s what I’m told. I haven’t logged into my account in ages.
People have been talking about death of MySpace for several years now. There are heaps of well argumented obituaries for this popular social networking service appearing even back in 2006. Or maybe even earlier. Last summer, Facebook finally took the lead as the best social networking site EVAR (that’s the official title BTW) scoring more unique worldwide visits than any other network in existence. After that, did MySpace even stand a chance?
I mean, they were hardly a competitor anyway. Anyone with a pinch of aesthetic taste would take the sleek, uniform design of Facebook over the messy, clunky MySpace madness any day. It sucked from the day one. Tom was an ass from day one. Bots were sending me spam from the day one. People had cross site exploits on their profiles, from day one. MySpace was designed from ground up to maximize the suck factor.
I mean, what other website on EARTH would ever allow your users to inject custom CSS and HTML into comment boxes in lieu of a more robust profile customization feature?
But most people loved it, which only reinforced by notion that most people are fucking idiots (present company excluded). Yaay, let’s all make our profiles unreadable mess, using shady code copied and pasted from some random website, complete with 3rd party adds, and tracking cookie dipensers. And then, check it out – we blast lout obnoxious music on auto play whenever someone visits. It’s AWESOME!
I swear, every time I visit MySpace, I feel like I’m back in the 90’s when everyone had a shitty website on Geocities with lot’s of blink tags, animated gifs (mostly mailboxes and under construction signs) and an incredibly annoying midi set to play in the background. Exact same same soul crushing experience, different medium.
Needless to say, I’ve been waiting for MySpace to drop dead for years now. I knew that this abomination can’t ride on stupid people’s love for ugly, loud and annoying personal profiles. After all, stupids have short attention spans. But despite all it’s flaws, and strong competition MySpace kept on going, and going, and going. Like that fucking Energizer Rabbit. What they don’t tell you, is that the rabbit takes crack – just like the people who bought MySpace from Tom for biiiilions of dollars.
But I think it finally happened. MySpace is on it’s death bed. How do I know that? Do I have statistical data to support this claim? Nope, of course not. Besides, 90% of statistical data is either collected wrong or totally made up. Especially on blogs. Especially this one.
All I have are my personal observations and the word on the street.
A lot of people who used MySpace exclusively, migrating over to Facebook wholesale. In the last month or so, quite a few people I knew in the past added me on Facebook. Why? Because most of them were adding everyone they could find from their Myspace friend list. People are moving out of that glitter and crap ghetto. So I’m not just using the word “migration” figuratively here. I really think this is a serious population shift. Facebook achieved a critical mass in the past year or so, and it provides it’s users with superior features and user experience. Smarter people are reacting to that. Stupids, on the other hand go where their friends are. So it is a chain reaction, and it will only speed up in the next few months.
Every once in a while when I’m around people my age or younger I will throw this out there:
“I head that MySpace is dead. No one actually uses that site anymore. At least that’s what I’m told. I haven’t logged into my account in ages.”
In the past, some people would disagree and tell me that while they hate it, they still know lot’s of people who use it exclusively. Nowadays everyone agrees with me. Hell, people throw in their own observations that support the “MySpace is Dead” statement. So I think it’s happening folks.
These might not be the most reliable indicators of a impending fall of a giant, but they are good enough for me. I think that the former behemoth of social networking is on it’s last legs. I have no clue how long do they have until they start hurting financially. Will they ever actually hurt? Fox can probably keep it afloat long after it ceases to be profitable. All they need to do is to keep pouring cash at it.
They still have a sizable user base (mostly composed of bots, but I guess bots generate page views to, no?) so I don’t expect them to go under any time soon. I believe they will stick around forever. Like AltaVista mentioned in that first link. It’s still around, but no one ever uses it. Thus is the fate of MySpace. It will fade into obscurity and be forgotten. Either that, or bots will take over it and spam each other into oblivion.
What do you think? Do you still use that site? Do you thing it has any future? Did you hate it as much as I did, back when it was still cool?