New Look Myspace, How Did It Come To This?

Myspace - Is It An Enigma Without True Direction?

myspace.com has had a make-over. So what is the new look myspace about and how did it come to this? In this article we discuss the rise and fall of a website that led the world in social networking and as some may think is, nothing more, than a spammer's dumping ground for promotional linking.

What ever happened to Tom, the founder member? Sold out, dropped out and, but a memory, myspace has become something of an enigma without true direction, until this new look myspace?

Myspace was the first real social networking site. Facebook came along and was determined to win the battle for social networking World domination.

After a struggle, Facebook won, hands down. But have they got something to worry about, now that myspace has regenerated itself?


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I Have Been An Avid Participant On www.myspace.com

I have been an avid participant of www.myspace.com, long before the fame of Facebook. In fact, I must confess, I have only just started to be more actively involved on Facebook. I have, essentially, been dragged into this form of social networking, reluctantly.

I loved Myspace. It helped to develop the artist in me, interact and get up and personal with my favourite bands.

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User Friendly Myspace

Myspace has helped me to connect with people like Mark Burgess of the Chameleons - a real cult dark indie band from the 1980's - Romance and Revere.

It has enabled me to develop a homepage that was user-friendly and become interactive with the music that I enjoy. So, what has happened?

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Richard Hawley From Pulp
Richard Hawley From Pulp

Facebook Versus Myspace - A Media Frenzy!

It seems that myspace has got itself confused in its battle to rival Facebook. Remember, it was www.myspace.com who were the first in the leaders in the race for social networking domination. It was very successful at it, too!

The media hype started the spin and asked the question, 'Will Facebook rival and overtake Myspace as the number one social networking site?' and from that moment it was game on!

I stuck with www.myspace.co.uk. I had invested a lot of time building a great page for myself and Facebook looked tepid against it. Of course, the media enjoyed the feeding frenzy - it sold more newspapers and as people were vacating myspace for facebook, the media revelled in its demise.

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Manic Street Preachers - Nicky Wire
Manic Street Preachers - Nicky Wire
The National
The National

Indications of www.myspace.com's lack of Importance Today

Still, old faithful me, stuck to myspace like a donkey sticks to its spot in the sand. There was no budging me... until now!

HubPages have been toiling with Facebook and placing a much bigger emphasis on this site. They provided a button to the top, along side Twitter, to click on after article publication. They still do.

This link is special. It is to share your article only with the best. It is selective so as to protect writers at HubPages and helps to let the right people know about your article. There has never been a special share button on the top of a publishing page for myspace. There is one to the bottom of the page under 'share', but not on the top. This indicates the lack of importance www.myspace.com has on websites today.

This example just exemplifies just what is going on with myspace. The Internet community - high ranking websites - have decided that Myspace is just so last year, that as one shifts away, so do the rest. It is like a herd instinct.

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Manic Street Preachers - James Dean Bradfield
Manic Street Preachers - James Dean Bradfield
Matt Berninger of The National
Matt Berninger of The National

The Herd Turns Away From Myspace

Like the herd, we follow. I have followed! I started to become more active on facebook, watching real time updates and participating in chat functions - it is easy and there is no ceasing up of the webpage, unlike www.myspace.com .

Yes, www.myspace.co.uk, from which my account is held, seemed to lock every 5 minutes. This was frustrating and irritating. Who wants to be on a site that just frustrates you? There just seemed to be too much going on which clogged up the system. However, good ole me, stuck with it, adding my blogs which, incidentally, seemed to be stuck in a back cupboard in the other end of the universe!

However, leading up until just recently, the page clogging seemed to have resolved, but, I think it was just a little bit too late for me - I had found HubPages and immersed myself on this site more and more.

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The Social Network, a Facebook Story.

Facebook Bandwagon

Now that search engine optimization and backlinking strategies are voided and a waste of time (Google just discounts self serving backlinks with the footprint that you leave), people go where people are.

Today, it is Facebook. Tomorrow? Who knows what the next bandwagon is, but a bandwagon there will be!

Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook, is a spiralling success story - there is even a new film (The Social Network) - which seems to compound upon itself.

As www.myspace.com struggles to survive, a new 'high powered' update to the site has arrived. It is really trying hard and I give it 10 out of 10 for effort, but not a lot for useability!

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www.myspace.co.uk Badges

Myspace Old Habits Die Hard

Now we have the new look myspace where we have annoying little accolades (badges) which attempts to behaviour modify the user into a false sense of reward - encouraging them to be pro-active on the website. Personally, I couldn't give two hoots for badges, especially when there is an annoying pop up with your recent activity!

Along with the new look www.myspace.com is an old habit and we all know old habits die hard! The return of the frozen page and to add insult to injury, we have boring pop-ups that sidetrack you from the task in hand. Don't you get it myspace? We want to surf our webpage and not have boring graphics shoved in our faces!

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www.myspace.com User Activity Pop Up

The New Look Myspace - It Is Better To Burn Out Than To Fade Away!

So, as with the past, we have the old website conflict - freezing pages with that familiar dusky hue.  In consideration, I think it really has come to the point where www.myspace.com and me part company. This long awaited update - the new look myspace - really isn't all that great! Anyway, I am starting to enjoy Facebook more and more with its easy interface and real-time interaction. Of course, until the next big thing comes along... 'It is better to burn out than to fade away' (Neil Young).

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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S.

Good info there... nice hub. Thanks for sharing :)


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shazwellyn 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you Andycool :)


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I haven't been active with My space, so this was an interesting hub. Thanks for the information.


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shazwellyn 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Pamela99 - you might be able to see myspace with fresher eyes than me, so if you do visit, let me know what you think in terms of userbility.

Thanks for stopping by.


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Dawn71 5 years ago from UK

Interesting well written hub, the comparisons you show between the two show why myspace is failing...I used to use myspace, still have an account that I haven't been back on for a couple of years!

It's almost like myspace are content to trail behind facebook, why they can't bring changes that people prefer, like on facebook I don't know! Sorry myspace you lost me a long time ago!


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shazwellyn 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Dawn71 - it used to be real fun - it was the first and innovative. It got sold and, with this, became a spammer's dumping ground. Poor old Myspace - bring back TOM!

Thanks for your comment :)


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Wow, didn't know they'd been around for so long. They must be trying a new Marketing Strategy. Thanks for sharing. I hope to open an account there soon.


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shazwellyn 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Lady E - Umm.. Im not sure the strategy will work well.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

"It is like a herd instinct." I think you say it all in this simple sentence Shaz. I have never had a MySpace account, I have always been a facebook gal. Thanks for another informative and educational hub. I love coming here, I always learn something very cool!

K9


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shazwellyn 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

K9 - I am always grateful for your insightful comments :)


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miss_jkim 5 years ago

I used to be a faithful MySpace junkie, until my computer was viciously attacked by viruses from the site. It took me a long time to even try facebook after that, and I'm still quite leery of downloading any apps. I mostly promote my hubs on fb now and keep up with long distance family and friends. I get bored with the nonstop postings of personal drama.


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shazwellyn 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

miss_jkim - do you think that social networking is dying? It always amazes me how poking people to get their attention helps you! hehehe


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Stevennix2001 5 years ago

Very useful and insightful hub. I have to say I agree with you on all counts. It's amazing that Myspace was the first online social network, but it can't keep up with facebook's innovative network these days. Plus, most pcs in public places like the ones at my college, you can't even access myspace, for whatever reasons. Yet, you can easily still access any other site, including facebook.

I think unless Myspace does something to completely overhaul it's social network, then chances are it's going to end up fading away soon. Anyways, thanks for writing this shaz, as i'll be sure to rate it up!


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shazwellyn 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Stevennix2001 - umm, well myspace has been given an overhaul and I must say, I am not impressed. They need to be different to facebook and develop their own niche.

Thanks for popping by :)


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htodd 4 years ago from United States

I like this new look..Great


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shazwellyn 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

htodd, glad you did - shame no one is using myspace anymore. All dogs have their day, it seems.

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