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If it’s lucky, MySpace is the new Yahoo. If unlucky, and it is unlucky lately, MySpace is AOL. Facebook has supplanted it, and will continue to do so, in much the same way Google ran past Yahoo, and for many of the same reasons.
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The suspicion was there from the start of the social networking phenomenon MySpace spearheaded. When it stops being cool, what then? Well, then is now, and MySpace is a strip mall in a sleazy part of town. Traffic is down. Revenues are down. Executives are stepping down.

Back in 2005, when the buzz first came on about MySpace, I took a look and said, simply “meh.” The profiles seemed ugly and pointless. It seemed faddy and a lot of work just for the sake of coolness. In general, the site reminded me of slap bracelets, Beanie Babies, and acid washed jeans mixed with red plastic cups, bathroom walls and booty calls.

And then News Corporation took it over.

But I wasn’t 15, so what did I know? I regarded it like one of those teenage nightclubs creepy old men go to for no good reason at all. I just didn’t have any business there, and that may be just one of the problems leading to MySpace’s eventual peak.

High school student Jacob Ruffman, quoted today by McClatchy, has his own more teenage reasons. “I can go to the Facebook home page and see what’s going on with my friends. Then I flip over to MySpace and I get kicked in the face with colors and flashing penguins.”

Jacob’s at odds with my stepson, who’s 15 now and recently lamented that all his friends, like Jacob, had switched to Facebook. He could really customize his MySpace profile they way he had once customized his abandoned Gaia profile. And his parents and grandparents weren’t on MySpace the way they were on Facebook.

Coincidentally, about the same time he told me that his friends had all switched, a friend my own age had worried he’d not hear important news from home if he wasn’t on Facebook like everybody else. About that time too Facebook had started to overcome MySpace in terms of visitors.

Compete.com shows the shift began late last year. Facebook equaled MySpace around December, and by January had surpassed it, a huge feat considering how MySpace dwarfed Facebook this time last year. Compete says MySpace traffic is down by 5 percent for the year, though it still attracted over 58 million unique US visitors. Facebook on the other hand is up 125 percent for the year, and grabbed over 68 million visitors. On an international level, Comscore says Facebook is outdrawing MySpace by 110 million monthly visitors.

Complete.com - Unique Visitors

Taking a direct hit from MySpace’s woes is Photobucket, another Fox Interactive (News Corp.) property. MySpace had helped propel Photobucket to holding 45 percent of the online photo sharing market—just half a year ago. In February, Photobucket traffic declined by 24 percent, according to Hitwise, and Flickr is near to supplanting it as well. How quickly things can change.

I guess now, the question is why things turned around completely in just a couple of months. A year ago, Facebook wasn’t anywhere near MySpace, no threat at all. Well, part of it is, I think, MySpace’s time has come and gone. That doesn’t mean it won’t stay a reasonably popular and trafficked site, but, like Yahoo, MySpace will be a distant second at least.

Effectively, MySpace has been googled by Facebook for much of the same reason Google googled Yahoo. Facebook is cleaner, more intuitive, and has better features. Its members are rabid devotees who freak out at the slightest provocations. But they don’t leave. They protest until things change. Facebook has loyalty MySpace never did.

And while Facebook is opening up more and more, and making, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg said last week, “hundreds” of upgrades over the coming weeks, what has absentee landlord MySpace been launching?

Ooh look, an HP cosponsored print button, and a MySpace cobranded credit card.
 

Pretty yawnable, if you ask me.

>>> Is MySpace Toast? … Yes or No?

 

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  • http://thecollegeblognetwork.com @danosphere

    “When it stops being cool, what then?”

    Myspace is already in this bucket, and facebook is still sorta cool… for now. But I think it is tracking quickly towards a myspace like fate as the adult demographic is quickly expanding and many people are looking for a new cool place to hangout [enter twitter].

    Will be cool to see what unfolds in the coming months…

  • http://dofollow001.com/ AndyW

    I’m not aware of MySpace bringing in any new features for years… the lesson here is innovation, innovation, innovation if you want to stay on top in the internet game…

  • http://www.bvrelief.com BV Treatment

    Yeah, Myspace always seemed very fadish to me. I couldn’t believe the valuation when it got bought. (though I wish i’d had the idea first) Facebook and Twitter are probably next.

  • Guest

    No. It’s a social network.

  • Guest

    I think the main reason Myspace is toast is because they don’t allow users to submit suggestions on how to improve their website anymore. If u go to www.myspace.com and click on “contact myspace” then choose “other” and “feature suggestion” and click Submit, the page just reloads. It has been for months now.

    • Guest nigel

      Facebook is quite simply drab and full of minor and petty silliness..
      where people and just their faces link each other with nothing to do with interests….myspace on the other hand has many people who have interest specific relationships …this makes myspace far more interesting as a social network…..

      I have joined myspace only recently this year and I now dont really use facebook…its just so boring…..
      on myspace you can hook up with so many people who have a similar interest and these are all over its just what you want….if you want to just stay in touch with closer friends just use facebook or better still just use email and the phone!! and keep it private and not show your very personal photos to the world….
      in short myspace is so much better for networking and finding like minded individuals…so in comparison with the two sites…..well I just dont use facebook that much anymore so theres your answer….
      nigel

      • http://www.bloqhead.com Daryn St. Pierre

        Facebook focuses on functionality and networking, and less on how many animated GIF images, YouTube videos and music players you can shovel into your profile. Also, if you use Facebook at all, you’ll know that there are groups available that cater to whatever you’re interested in.

        Also, your Facebook profile is completely private to anyone other than the friends you let see it. In fact, the Facebook profiles are MORE private than MySpace ones. If you view a MySpace profile of someone who is not a friend and they’ve set their page to private, you can still see their photo (larger than on Facebook), and you can even see some of their friends as well.

        The bottom line is that Facebook is web 2.0 and web 2.0 is now. They update their interface with feature-rich web applications that utilize cutting edge languages. Facebook is not a corporate, money hoarding whore and they actually listen to their users.

        Name a worthwhile update that MySpace has added within the past year. Music players and profile themes that closely resemble Facebook in areas don’t count.

  • Ryan

    MySpace isn’t trying to be a social networking site anymore in my opinion. It’s trying to be a Social Entertainment Portal. Movies, Music, TV, etc. Almost every single major movie release and major music album release has a huge presence on the site. In fact, there was a recent article that said MySpace is now the #1 resource for Movie information. Major label musicians release their albums on MySpace every day. Facebook is good for the networking for the sake of networking. MySpace takes Entertainment content, and provides social networking functions to support it. MySpace has a much better, long-term, and sustainable monetization plan because its focus allows for more advertising and knows what it’s good at. I use both Facebook and MySpace extensively, for different reasons mostly. If you’re in Entertainment, crave Media, or want to express/market yourself as much as possible, MySpace is the choice. There is a place for both – Facebook will be a Social Networking Phone Book w/ extra toys. MySpace will be Entertainment Weekly/Spin Magazine/US Weekly w/ social networking options.

  • Marc

    MySpace is toast and here are my reasons.
    – Facebook has interconnectivity of so many applications and other sites.
    – Facebook is under active development. Myspace has not changed in years.
    – Myspace is rife with advertisements that take over a large portion of the page. Facebook has advertisements but they are smaller and unobtrusive.
    – It is easier to find people you know on Facebook.

    As for Flickr and PhotoBucket
    – Flickr is easier to use imo.
    – And again PhotoBucket is rife with advertisements and trying to fit too much on a single page.

  • http://www.rankmarket.com ny seo company

    lately ive been on myspace and it seems to me they have taken alot of facebok’s modules as of 2009. They need to be more innovative which will then bring in more revenues.

  • Johnny

    The same will happen to Facebook that happened to MySpace.

    No kids wants to be like their parents. Time will pass and a new platform will displace Facebook as the coolest.

  • James P

    Nothing owned by billionaire media moguls is cool, by definition. It’s nature’s revenge for them having too much money.

  • Gerry

    Too many useless, if not annoying applications on Facebook. Applications that require you to submit too much personal information, elevating your e-mail to the spam sites. I get too much spam already. It’s the bane of the internet, and I don’t want any more of it. I don’t have time for it anymore than anyone else does. Netlog has both MySpace and Facebook beat, and will become THE place to be. It has issues too; but they seem to be commited to working them out moreso than the others. In time they may go the way of the other dinosaurs (Facebook & MySpace) but they are growing rapidly for the moment.

  • http://www.webprogramminglounge.com/ Judi Clarke-Copeland

    MyYearbook and YouLike are trying to be social networking sites, although MyYearbook is customizable, it doesn’t have nearly the popularity of MySpace or Facebook.

    An idea comes out and it succeeds. Someone figures out how it can be profitable. Others want in on it and copycats come out of the woodworks. The pool of the audience is divided by many and the weak die while the strong become more corporate. The coolness factor of the whole thing dies. Then someone comes up with a different idea.

    Social networking isn’t going away, but there will be many different platforms to do it on. Some will die off. The remaining will be corporate owned. And the web 3.0 will come up with something better to do than web 2.0.

    Enjoy the trends as they come, but be ready to let them go if they no longer suit your purpose.

    Personally, I prefer MySpace to Facebook because I can customize my profile and not just look like everyone else’s. I find it easier to monitor my children’s activities on MySpace than on Facebook (fortunately, I have a good relationship with my kids and their friends who are all in my friends lists – Private blog settings also keeps kids/parents selectively out of information you put out in a blog – though you could log into their accounts and see it if you were sneaky).

    Then again, in search I do prefer Yahoo! to Google. Both are corporate owned, both give results plastered with ads (and I am not against people making profit for the work they put into something useful), but Yahoo! search results are more accurate than Google.

    However, Google’s other ventures have made it king over Yahoo! Google has a better e-mail, better news format, and useful apps like Google Earth. They have expanded with the times while Yahoo! was trying to hang on to the search engine model and got left behind.

    If you have something that people enjoy and find useful, they will come back until it stops being fun or useful.

  • AMElizabeth

    I have both a MySpace and a FaceBook site each. The advantage of MySpace is that you can have friendship with both the famous and not famous people. FaceBook allows it only with the people that you know, when it comes to the famous, it is “fan club” set up. Plus because the adults have pretty much taken over MySpace, the teens are moving on to FaceBook. But it is happening over at FaceBook also, the adults are going to it because I have friends that are over there also. It is great to have the best of both worlds.

  • Guest

    If it fails, it will just be a natural evolution of social networking. If the business is smart they will evolve. For sure, competitors will evolve. MySpace is slimy anyway and there are always going to be people that want to expose their crappy and unique dark side and MySpace will be there

    • http://www.artspoetry.com Beverly J Raffaele

      I completely agree with your statement here.

    • http://myspace.com/djaztek Aztek

      Your blas

  • http://www.kurttischer.net Kurt

    I agree with Amanda French who recently blogged about the Facebook terms of service here:

    http://amandafrench.net/2009/02/16/facebook-terms-of-service-compared/

    That and other problems with Facebook’s actual service has kept people like me away. The bottom line for me is that until Facebook fixes its terms of service I won’t be back there.

  • http://coruscant.ej.am/ James

    For me, Facebook is better because, like you pointed out, it’s clearer and cleaner. MySpace just looks ugly and is massively overburdened with features, and it loads too slowly as it has kept with static pages as opposed to Facebook great use of JavaScript to make your friend’s update easy to find without loading up whole new pages into your browser. MySpace will go the way of the Dodo, never mind Yahoo!, if it doesn’t change radically.

  • http://doneinstyle.com DoneInStyle

    I tried MySpace, and it’s just trying to be too many things to too many people. I’m sure Facebook is the same (and those TOS are scary!) There are a lot of smaller social networks out there that are active and vibrant but are highly targeted to a NICHE. I play fiddle, so I belong to http://fiddlehangout.com and enjoy its simplicity, its ease of use and its community, and the TOS is reasonable, the site owner is considerate and a nice guy. I also belong to a gardener’s community.

    With the ability to create your own community (ie ning.com) I think you’ll see a lot more of this sort of splintering happening over the next few years. Until the Next Big Idea comes along . . .

  • http://www.civilianism.com/futurism Shelly

    MySpace is for creative people; Facebook is for those who mainly want a no-nonsense way of networking. Myspace is far more interesting to me. Facebook is sterile and dull. I doubt MySpace will be in any trouble as long as video makers, bands, and comedians continue to use it. New music is still debuted on MySpace and that’s why people like it.
    I much prefer it over Facebook.
    In fact, I cancelled my Facebook account because I hated all the nudges and pokes and all that juvenile stuff, plus it just feels like a place to collect other people. MySpace better showcases creative types.

    • http://www.artspoetry.com Beverly J Raffaele

      The “add a link” feature on facebook is easy and it allows me to uses a thumbnail image of my choice along with the link. When one is selling art or a book, it is a great tool.

  • http://www.sebastyne.net Sebastyne

    I used to be a MySpace girl still a few months ago. I’ve had profiles on both for ages, but I never really liked Facebook before, to me it was merely an annoying collection of super time consuming useless application invites with little or no value to me, which forced me to spend half of my time there just clicking through them to ignore them. On MySpace, although it was always a disaster in terms of web design, things were simpler. To me the turn around came when Facebook added that one magic button: “Ignore all”.

    After that, my real life friends started pouring in. I wasn’t bugged by unknown popularity contestants to add me as a friend, but surrounded by my real friends. And that is why I basically stopped logging onto MySpace, as there was nothing left for me – most people there that I needed to interact with were on Facebook anyway.

  • http://www.ivok.co.za Matt

    The biggest mistake MS allowed was too much freedom.. The pages are customizable, great, so you get all these guys that make you cool templates and sell you them or give them to you full of logos.. They work for a week or two then the embedded coding goes all wonky.

    Then they ask you to confirm your password on some phishing page and spam all your friends with junk..

    As a networker I use a number of these sites for marketing.. MS was great for interacting with bands, suddenly the spam wave hit and they have never really managed to fix it properly since.

    I still have my page there, friends have dropped from 12k to 9k and the ones still on are mostly dormant. I check my mails to see if maybe between all the rubbish there’s a genuine mail but usually get fed up and switch back to FB.

  • Russ

    If MySpace fails, social networking will continue to evolve. This is simply a milestone along the way. A big deal for investors, not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

    • http://www.artspoetry.com Beverly J Raffaele

      MySpace greets me with taudry ads and to add an outside link to advertise my art and books, I need to place the html code in just the right place to keep it from wiping out the back ground etc. It’s too much work.

      The “add a link” feature on facebook is easy and it allows me to uses a thumbnail image of my choice along with the link. When one is selling art or a book, it is a great tool.

      I hate the cheap sleaze on myspace.

      I have a page there but my friends are targeted to artists, authors, and favorite celebrities.

      I use facebook daily and that ignore button on the applications are great.

  • Guest

    Myspace is going no were and it is so much better to use than Fasebook. I went on facewbook and could not even set up a band page and to top it all off i could not find any of my friends. It was very very very hard for me to use facebook. Facebook is not worth the time i wasted truing to find my friends witch was severiah hours with no luck so i am going to stick with THE BEST MYSPACE.

  • http://www.default-layouts.org Default Layouts

    We own a few myspace resource sites (hence the name) and to be honest, we have seen consistent traffic.

    I agree with a statement above about myspace not being so much a networking place anymore.

    I guess an easy comparison would be Google and Yahoo. Facebook (google) is a lot more geared towards “getting things done” and myspace (yahoo) is more about entertainment these days.

    You just have to look at the myspace homepage to figure that one out.

    I think myspace will be around for a while still, but I do think they will get passed by a new up and coming social networking force soon.

    As long as myspace carry on updating, like the new 2.0 layouts, they will be fine.

    Like any business, you need to be on the pulse to stay in front and at the top.

  • http://www.mediapath.gr Guest

    yes its toast but all of these sites have only a few years to stay on top before something new and improved comes up.

  • Guest

    No, not really, but it should be for all the reasons cited in your article and more. The difference between Facebook Security and My Space security is day vs. night. More like MySpace WHAT Security?
    Riddled with spammers and virus propagators, MySpace offers only two advantages, if you can count the second as an advantage, one is that it is easier to customize a MySpace page and the other is the wild west feel that some, mostly younger, internet users crave. But if you care whether your computer will boot in the morning and whether some self employed computer programmer living in Russia has access to your personal banking information, you’ll log onto Facebook exclusively.

  • http://www.broadjam.com/johnlord John Lord

    I’ve got 2 or 3 accounts for my songs over at MySpace, but every time I have to log in to do something, I think ‘Sigh’. The interface is terrible and, as a Webmaster, seeing those ghastly customised pages created by users (where you often can’t even read the text because of all the images) is almost offensive.

    I also seem to have 2 diffent logins for the same account, when I’m logged in I can’t find the friends I’m supposed to have and then I seem to have access to both ‘accounts’ from either login. It’s weird.

    YouTube is much better for promoting music, like I do, and comes up better in Google anyway: http://www.youtube.com/user/WOWObama

    • http://www.body-rockin.com Body-Rockin.com

      As a webmaster I totally agree with you on user profiles, many of them being so annoying I don’t even bother to visit most of the “friends” pages I have added even though I only add friends that I think are who I want to network with..yes I add non related profiles as they request me as they may be potential customers eventually..but once I visit their page to see who they are, if it’s a totally whacked out page then that most likely will be the only time I visit it.

      MySpace users mostly have no concept of page design.

  • femmdraven

    The only reason I joined Myspace and Facebook is because my friends are there. I already had (still do) a livejournal and that was enough for me, but when everyone jumped on Myspace, I did too. Then Facebook showed up and suddenly everyone was there…so off I went. I did not care for the recent TOS crap that took place at Facebook and was ready to remove my profile, but they apparently got the message from all their users and went back to the old TOS (where they won’t own your soul if you have a profile).

    The real concern for me where Facebook is concerned is the barrage of worms to hit Facebook (http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2009/03/03/koobface-returns-to-facebook). With Myspace, I’ve had my account hacked (once), but I’ve never gotten a virus. Facebook users have and are still under threat of getting cooties if they click on the wrong thing in a friend’s profile and this has been going on since at least December of last year.

    I’ll keep my profiles up on Myspace and Facebook, but when it comes to anything of real importance, I’ll just share with my friends on livejournal.

  • http://www.UncleJeffreysRoadsideCircus.com Moreyn Kamenir

    MySpace was dead to ME shortly after I joined. There is nothing I dislike about it itself. Security totally sucked from day one, though.

    As a lot of sites do, they kept adding more and more bells and whistles, but have never done a thing about the atrocities waiting in the shadows to eat your computer.Every single time that I visit MySpace my Norton anti-virus is forced to work overtime. MySpace has consistantly been the most dangerous site I have ever encountered. I might as well stream porn.

    FaceBook was another option, so I went there. Not only is it safe, it allows me much more control over who sees my information. The different groups make it easy to meet others of like mind to add as friends and the ability to create my OWN GROUP is really really cool. It took me maybe 4 or 5 monthes of messing around on FB to find a lot of how it really works. It’s not a shiney thing to play with and throw away like MySpace was…it has layers of use. As I learn about it’s options, I’m always finding new things to do there!

    I miss all the creative opportunities on MySpace, but if you want to play that way just go over to Webs.com and make your own free site. They’ve got more to play with than MySpace ever dreamt of offering.

  • http://www.UncleJeffreysRoadsideCircus.com Moreyn Kamenir

    Onw week of trying to find folks from high school…One week of trying, brought me more old friends than I knew that I had!

    Years on MySpace brought me no old friends. Perhaps MySpace is petering out because instead of improving itself, reinventing itself over and over, it just sat there until FaceBook created a newer improved safer version? Perhaps.

  • http://www.songcastmusic.com/profiles/Lilmaccloco LIL MACC LOCO

    Is MySpace Toast?
    This is a simple question that has a twist for an answer because depending on you

  • pam

    I don’t know how either survives except as a narcissistic self soother for those who need to think someone else out there really cares.
    Facebook is graying in its membership – the self indulgent younger generation is teaching the older it is fun to naval gaze or maybe preen in front of a mirror.
    You might not be looking for a job, but update your status!
    Communication is around 50% body language and about 30% tone of voice so LOL doesn’t quite cut it as valid communication.
    Maybe they will both die a quiet death and people will actually start talking to each other face to face and get to know their neighbors.
    In fact it should be a rule – you may only use the application if it is to contact a person you know outside the cyber-world.
    Heaven forbid we do that!

  • http://6in1incomestreams.blogspot.com/ Multiple Income Streams

    To Me Myspace is losing most of its respect and values,
    its been turned into an advertising network instead of a social Network
    place for people to meet and share good ideas,

    The security is really down, i even lost one of my account for no
    reasons.

    They better work on rebuilding its features and adding more quality
    stuffs to bring it back to life.

  • Guest

    MySpace is centered around music, film, comedy, artists, etc. Facebook is centered around a corporate mentality.
    Hopefully the corporation will not kill the artists, but if you look at the history on that story……..

    MySpace has built several artist’s careers. Has Facebook?

    Anyone who thinks either one is safer than the other doesn’t read much.

    MySpace can and will survive, but it will need help from people who don’t want it to die.

    • MySpace user

      I’m a MySpace user for 3 years now, I also have a facebook account. Facebook will not win from MySpace.

      Facebook does not do it for me.

      MySpace can and will survive!!!!

  • A Performing Artist

    I initially went to myspace because I liked it ease of use, the ability to customize your page, among other things. However, after two years on it I had 3 friends. Couldn’t find another performing artist in my field at all. I knew nothing about Facebook but signed on just to see what it was. Within a week of signing on I had over 75 friends and it just keeps growing. I’ve found lost relatives, new business contacts, as well as my friends. I actually prefer MySpace, but I take my business where it will grow and that includes my friends and family. Last time I checked, no change in myspace contacts.

  • Body-Rockin.com

    MySpace pretty much shot my reason for being there down when they started disabling links to my website and users getting that stupid “warning page”:

    “The link you are trying to visit has been disabled.

    You have reached a link that is no longer in service. That means the link was very naughty, and, much like head lice, had to be eliminated before it spread.

    You may be asking yourself, ‘Hey, what was it about that link that got it in trouble?’ An excellent question! Usually, it’s one of the following reasons:

    - The link was spam! No one likes spammers, and we don’t like their links.

    - You almost got phished! There are people out there who want to steal your MySpace password. They want to log in as you and send spam, harass your friends, change your profile, and generally run amok. Phishing pages are usually designed to look like MySpace to trick you. Other sites may also ask for your MySpace login information to customize your profile, insert videos or slide shows, track visitors, or any number of other things.Don’t make it easy for them. ONLY USE YOUR MYSPACE LOGIN INFO ON WWW.MYSPACE.COM!!

    - Viruses are not fun! Neither is adware, spyware, or malware. We cut the links to places that are known sources of infection.

    If you really did want to check out some spam, viruses, or phishing pages, we’re really sorry to have interrupted. We’re sure you can find it elsewhere. There’s plenty on the Internet”

    Which makes your site seem like one to be avoided etc etc..my site is none of that stuff to avoid except it iss to sexy for minors, so the “to naughty” I guess I can live with, but it’s no more naughty than Playboy and since I can’t stop minors for sending me “add request” at MySpace I have to check every profile of a user that his or her info indicates they may be minors so I can reject them.

    This would be the same at FB if they don’t implement blocking options for adult that do not wish to be able to be contacted by any minors on their adult profiles.

    Facebook on the other hand I am liking more and more since I setup account 2 years ago but only late last years really started using it more than MySpace and the main reason is because FB doesn’t disable links to my website…which means I see the traffic i am looking for that I no longer get from MySpace unless a user figures out to copy and paste any links to our site.

    All social sites I think if they are going after total number of users must realize like Yahoo did, not to reject that use but setup age protected sections, but as Yahoo knows if they really have no way of verifying age, kids smart enough to know to just setup their profiles with phony birth dates that will allow them into those areas..but that then takes the problem out of the users hands that set up properly in a adult restricted area..so let the site deal with the minors that circumvent the system..naturally if I discover any user may be a minor no matter what their profile says, I delete or ban them soon as I get that suspicion!

  • http://www.kruse.co.uk/ Bill Kruse

    Myspace is for kiddies, Facebook is for young professionals. There’s the difference. I don’t imagine FB will be so full of the shiny and the happy as it is now, though, not after a year of sackings.

    BB

    • Guest

      I think you are full of crap on this. Half the people on FB are kiddies, not young professionals. You should take a look outside your cocoon sometime…

  • http://www.theparanormalsociety.org Guest

    I totally agree with everything you stated in your post. Personally, for me, I just really don’t see the big hype in MySpace. It’s big, bulky, ugly, unsafe and just overall worthless. Sure, you can customize your pages… but really, it gets to a point where it’s tto much. I’ve seen some pages that took forever and a day to load… on 20meg cable broadband! And honestly, once you’re there, what’s to look at? What’s to do? Yeah, they have the music thing, but big deal. Youtube is MUCh better at showing off your new music. And, once Youtube loads with your music, you can easiy direct them to YOUR website… and we all know having your own site is BY FAR better than depending on MySpace, although it does have the traffic factor… but so does Youtube (actually better).

    As stated, is for kids. It’s a flashy way to connect. But that’s about where it ends. Nobody that seriously wants to promote themselves, their product, their music, their art… or whatever it may be, uses MySpace. Our organization has a page there, but we NEVER update it. Actually, I don’t anyone from our group has logged on there since before Christmas… and it’s coming down soon anyway.

    All in all, MySpace is just plain garbage. The spam, trojans, phishing… no thanks.

    Facebook on the other hand, is a different world. It’s professional (not childish trash like MS), has a more corporate feel, clean, fast, easy, more advanced, safer. We actually just use it for promotional reasons. But to be honest, I’m 32, and I really have no use for either. Really, what’s the point other than promotion? Send messages to friends: So what? Big deal. I have email and a cell phone. The forums and discussions are good (facebook). Some applications are good. But overall , man, I just don’t get it.

    If I had to pick, the VERY EASY choice would be Facebook by a mile. Is MS history? No, not by any means. Will it be toast? Nope, not anytime in the near future. It’s here, it will stay here for now. As long as you have kids, you’ll have MS. But what we will see, I believe, is a HUGE decline in users, drops in traffic, as seen already, and it will eventually lose most of its “coolness”. Eventually, it’ll be gone. But folks, this aint happing anytime soon. It will be years and years before MS finally falls.

    Facebook, however, will become the “thing”. What worries me though, is that it could eventually turn into what MS is: complete and total junk which is useless to any serious professional… or any adult.

    Personally, I think Ning is better than both as far as creating your own network or group.

  • FPW

    MySpace was, in the beginning, “cool.” Unheard of. new. Exciting. Then along came Facebook, where not only could you meet youor old and new friends, but there was STUFF to do… apps, fun, new groups to join and more. MySpace paled instantly. I kept my MySpace profile alive for the few friends who hung out “over there,” and because I liked their blogging facilities better. But it all got to be too much – FB had them beat every time they turned around and so, goodbye MySpace.

    I am amazed to hear Photobucket is suffering too. It is by far the superior photo site. Flickr and WebShots are annoying, not as good and much less user-friendly. I have no intention of dumping Photobucket.

    As for the argument that MySpace is for kiddies and FB for everyone else, especially “young adults,” etc. I think that’s the biggest bunch of bohunkus I have read in ages. FB is more fun, easier, and will soon beat all of the other, probably because that’s what they appear to want to do… MySpace, after a while, seemed like a ship adrift with no one at the helm…

    • http://www.durabletoys.com/ Debra M

      The main reason I did not like myspace is the number of unsolicited, spam-like, and even malicious contacts that emerged there. I like the “approved friend” concept of facebook much better and the ability to define levels of accessibility to content. Facebook presents a much more professional appearance and I do believe that it will remain popular, at least into the near future.

      • Guest

        Don’t care about spam. You will have it on Facebook too!

        Just give Facebook some time…

  • Brooster

    Growing facebook popularity on the pseudo negative attributes of myspace will drive facebook nowhere! This kind of negative advertisement is far away from Google cool attitude!

    What do you think about a person who talk bad about your clothes, just to get himself higher?

  • http://video-maxx.com Guest

    I haven’t been on MySpace for almost a year. The last time I went to confirm a friend request I picked up the one and only virus I’ve ever had. I will never go back to MySpace!

  • Brooster

    I “picked” a virus on Facebook too!

    BTW, try to compare Facebook to Altavista not Google ;)

  • Josh

    I not only have a problem with the facebook vs. myspace debate but I also have a problem how you compared Yahoo with Google, in my Opinion Yahoo! has outdone Google (except for the Earth part) and I’ll continue to use Yahoo! more than I will Google.

    One reason is I hate simplicity, maybe thats also why I dont use Facebook much (and maybe the hacker situation is keeping me away too). I love customization options/ lots of color, being a artistic person who likes Graphic Design, I hate any site that is making something from this dull look that my little sister could have did by just going on paint and putting a stupid font that says the site name. Also, I recommend Myspace still, I love the way unfound talent with bands/musicians find me, and some people should be recognized.

    Thats just my opinion.

    • Josh

      P.S. the spam follows the traffic.
      So its only time before you get hammered with facebook spam.

    • http://www.JillianCrider.com Jillian

      MySpace has always bothered me. Can’t look or listen to pages without pain! Ugly. Slowed downed my computer. To scared to visit other pages. Too many fraudsters, people misrepresenting who they were. Unwanted mails.
      Facebook is OK. But still finding my way around, even though have been on there for about 2 years. Love that some of my selling sites show up automatically on facebook to help with promotion.
      I’ll be glad when MySpace goes. One less networking site to go to.

  • http://hotbizsol.vox.com SEO India

    Any social networking platform helps a few people to gain something, few fast bucks may be. Its a waste of time for most people. Most of the ime, I had to deal with a lot of spam. I think niche networking sites are much better for ordinary people like me.
    Anyway, these sites are fads. One has to make use of it while a website is a rage and move on the next one.

    • Guest

      I agree with this assesment. I rarely receive any more friend request from MySpace. Now it’s faceook. We have to just ride each one out unitl you find a niche site that works well for you.

  • Guest

    No, Myspace is not Toasted unless new users have their
    head washed by commercials and ads-comments, and old users
    are constrained.

  • http://truecrimebookreviews.blogspot.com Yvette Kelly

    From one of the oldies on Facebook and from far away in Africa I think facebook‘s success has been the marketing it did in the rest of the world outside US.I had never ever heard of MySpace and along came Facebook.Once I joined I think about 30 people in my company joined within the next hour and that was just from one sign up.We were ripe for an opportunity like this and have been devotees ever since.

  • Royce Sarusal

    MySpace isn’t toast, but it will and had better get used to a smaller niche of customers. The wave of being the baddest has crested and reality will settle in.

    We NEED Myspace to keep the younger crowd there, so that Facebook doesn’t get infiltrated by those who just want to create a cool flashy (and eye hurting) personal page, have 6 different autostart audio players going, and basically have personal pages that look like a badly tagged/grafitti overrun billboard. Keep the juvenile tendencies on MySpace. Let the more conservative and purposeful adults who know how to behave be the facebook targeted crowd.

    Of course… those who truly want to network among the working Joes and Janes for professional reasons honestly should go to linkedin.

  • http://tony191.vox.com/ tony

    I am not sure how start these comment because I am not surely positive to what I understand, that? Are people out there are trying to close down “My Space” I am not to happy of hearing such news. I find that my space is very friendly and simple place to express you thinking and fillings, it is not design for one individual or individual groups, there for it should be left alone to individual if he or she wants to belong to the site / my space web grope. Yes in some instances maybe some people express them self perhaps little more then they should but, But? If you fill that is more then they should you as watcher have right to move on this is free country but not perhaps as we may think that is. I know that there is been some changes on some other sites as unsent binaries thanks to some individuals complains that they kids can watch porn so who

  • Guest

    The user below “Yvette Kelly” is payed for positive comment advertisement:

    “I think about 30 people in my company joined within the next hour”

    Yeah, they are not working! They just spent time on Facebook!
    And they see a site for the first time in their life! So they run
    to join all 30 in one hour! bhhh.

    At least think real, please!

    • SMX

      I agree, and she is not the only one!

    • Kid

      Can this kind of abuse be reported to someone?

      • Brooster

        I think that the payer is WPN. And the article is created by
        purpose to create a reason for ads-coments.

  • Guest

    I have Myspace and Facebook and I like Myspace a whole lot better. Facebook is just boring. Yes, I have found a lot of old high school class mates on Facebook, but honestly they are a part of my past and more than a hello, how are you, glad you’re still alive & your kids/grandkids are cute gets pretty boring. Myspace is just a lot easier to keep up with my current friends, bands, clubs and activities. I have been on Myspace for many years and have a ton of friends there and the amount of spam I have gotten is minimal. I’ve never gotten a virus from there, maybe people need to watch what they do and click on before they go putting the blame on Myspace that they got a virus. Myspace rocks and I would hate to see it go down. Why does it have to be either/or anyway? Everyone likes something different.

    • Guest

      Well from my experience with Myspace I have rebuilt 3 PC’s for my niece and nephew because they got so much spyare and adware from going on Myspace.

      If it is boring to someone to build relationships with people in the past (i.e. friends, relatives) and feel that a simple , hello how are you is sufficient I am glad you are not one of my past friends.

      MySpace is ghetto, trashy and full of viruses, adware and spyware.

      Maybe there are parts of it that can serve some purpose for some types of people. For the most part it is a bunch of people that seem to think that showing pictures of themselves looking ghetto is attractive.

      And true. It doesn’t have to be one over the other and all people are different. I do have a facebook and hope that eventually they don’t turn into a “Myspace”. MySpace isn’t for me plus I am tired of fixing PC’s.

      I don’t mind using my real name as I don’t have anything to hide. I think that allowing someone to use a fake namesake opens up the internet to all of the things that have given the internet a bad name like child predators.

    • nirmala

      liked your viewpoint.

  • http://www.ammgospel.com N.C. JACKSON

    TH LIFE THING

    Your idea really calls for thoughts, you know. If myspace stops existing so what? Well just as if we stopped existing too would we go about life fearful? Neglecting some aspects of it? No, we shall still engage fully with it as long as it stays.

    THE PAPA

    Let’s come down to some basic facts here. Myspace has been kind of a daddy thing to many other social groups and to just criticize without considering the positive side of it doesn’t make a good argument. Does it?

    THE PAIN

    Fb is good (still learning about it) with it’s many features which came as a result of myspace’s experiences (I mean some negatives of myspace were corrected and avoided in Fb which enhanced Fb). But it was so because myspace took the pain to learn and grow in the darker moments. It should have, like any other, quit or so but it stayed. Thus for Fb to give myspace a negative image in order to promote herself may not be a better way to work on.

    THE INCAPACITY

    Criticizing what should be your partner in the business is a sign of immaturity. It also shows that face book is still young in the business and cannot handle real social crisis when faced against it.

    THE UNCERTAINTY

    In any business undertaking, you may ask any successful entrepreneur or CEO they would tell you that the business that just works well since it’s inception never facing any challenges has not learn to overcome any challenge as well. And the probability for it to fail or disappoint other is greater. Thus we should ask the question that if face book should stop existing what would happen to social networking? What shall we to fear of?

    THE SOUND CROWD POWER

    To be candid, myspace may never stop growing and has greater strength than many social sites. But Fb will also grow also. But Myspace has got the power the pulls the masses (SCP) that for sound crowd Power. This is what gave birth to social networking in th first place.

    The musicians, bands and their fans called for ways to reach their fans, then came the back bone of the “know hows” the musician and their fans gave music promoters and industry to invest on this side and while working toward accomplishing that goal, many social site and their effectiveness and ills came to light. But the social media came to existence because of music.

    The site were never meant for promotion but the musicians in promoting what their fans (social groups) liked brought about other aspects of promotion not just music. The real point is music & fans are the great strength of social sites which will determine which shall go or stay in business sooner or later. And for this myspace is a GIANT period.

    THE KID LEVEL

    I am being too long now, anyway, those who said that myspace is for kids should take a look on the real statistics. If they do it would reveal to the that Fb has a very high rate of under aged and school children.

    It better to check out fact before commenting one’s personal side of public issues. It’s been nice sharing.

    • http://www.sakara.net Sakara

      In my opinion this is the best comment on the topic. Well written.

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