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June 9, 2009

Is MySpace uncool?

Posted: 09:42 AM ET

Hey, blog readers. Check out today's CNN.com story on MySpace, in which a bunch of tech writers say it's unlikely the big social network will be able to make a comeback. Its popularity has flatlined, and, if you think about it, Web sites almost never make a comeback once their coolness starts to wane.

But what do you think? Is this it for MySpace? What do you like and dislike about the site?

There's always a chance MySpace could prove its skeptics wrong. Or it could bounce back as something a bit different. Take Friendster for example. The early online social network was hugely popular in the U.S. and then seemed to disappear. Now it's one of the hottest Web sites in Southeast Asia, with its execs working from Australia, not San Francisco.

And one last bit of fuel for the conversation: Check out what seems to be the MySpace page of the site's new chief executive, Owen Van Natta. What do you think?

For even more background, see Van Natta at a recent Wall Street Journal tech conference here. Or, chat about MySpace at CNN's iReport.com.

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Andre   June 9th, 2009 10:11 am ET

The problem with MySpace is the same thing that happened to friendster. It is waaaaay too slow. They allowed people to cusomize their own pages and then the people put in too much stupid stuff! Most pages you try to open take f o r e v e r to load and paople are just sick of it.


Steve   June 9th, 2009 10:40 am ET

Rather ironic that it died when Newscorp took over. A good lesson that a money grab cannot improve what was a labor of love.

Myspace just feels old. Theres not much to do on the site other than to work on your own site and comment on your friend's profiles and photos.

Facebook has games, groups and other things to do. Facebook's layout is far more clean and easy for everyone to use. No reason to learn HTML or anything. Just log in and enjoy.

Its nice that people can customize their own pages on Myspace, but it got to a point where it was completely distracting and next to impossible to actually see someone's page. People cluttered up their pages with plugins, videos and a whole bunch of other stuff that it slowed down most internet browsers.

Its also nice that facebook requires you to use a real name and not some crazy 8 word alias in half capital and half small letters. It makes finding people you know on the site much easier.

The amount of spam and phony accounts that popped up on Myspace didn't help either.


va. Boomer   June 9th, 2009 10:45 am ET

The site is too clustered...., junkie, with all the flashy gifs images, and random music. I know some people like that kind of stuff, but just a plain info sheet similar to what the CEO has, however, even he has flashy craptastic from a friend poster, that makes his minimalist page look like some las vegas strip casino. Loose the bling..., add more substance.


Patrick   June 9th, 2009 10:58 am ET

I think that MySpace's biggest challenge is the perception that it's a site for teens and pre-teens. Make some changes to appeal to a wider range of people, and they will start using MySpace again.

I'm on Facebook now because my friends are. It's that simple. They don't have MySpace accounts because they think it's for the kids.

Facebook, though, as a service, is not all that spectacular. There is a lot of room for improvement there, and a lot of potentially great features they just don't seem interested in adding. MySpace is in a great position to seize that opening and build a better service. If they do that, I think that users will follow.


Nick Marino   June 9th, 2009 11:52 am ET

on those "hot or not" scales (Marvel comic book readers from the 90s might remember the little thermometer graphic they used...), MySpace is at the very bottom right now. and this is coming from someone with at least 8 different MySpace music accounts (it's hard to keep track of them).


Ubik   June 9th, 2009 12:15 pm ET

I never liked MySpace for the reasons given above. I only joined because a bunch of my online friends joined. I hated navigating through that minefield of bad graphic design and the hellhole of apps gone wild.

Now most of my friends have moved to Facebook. Once the last holdouts move to Facebook I'll be able to shut down my Myspace account and never look back.

No doubt MySpace will still be around but it will be a refuge for teenagers and others who like making their page look like the inside of their old middle school locker.


Phyl   June 9th, 2009 12:27 pm ET

I have a myspace page, as do both of my daughters. I also have a Facebook page, which I started ONLY so we have access to rehearsal schedule changes,etc for a summer theatre group one daughter is in. As soon as I created the Facebook paged, I got lots of friend requests, and now I'm being sent virtual drinks, flowers, quizzes. what is the point? Maybe it's because I don't like computer games that I find these a waste of my time. I want to use the internet as a means to stay in touch with people not to play games.


Faceman   June 9th, 2009 12:58 pm ET

This is plain and simple:

1. Its impossible to find people on myspace.
The search function is useless on myspace. With facebook you just type in the name and hit search and Presto! That buddy you havnt seen in 10 years pops right up. The myspace search seems to bring up the same people no matter what name you put. They may have fixed it by now, but I really dont care at this point.

2. Myspace is way too Sally Highschool.
We, the 30-somethings of today are not quite the 30-somethings of yesterday. We grew up learning to welcome new technology and ways of communicating. When something hot comes around we are on top of it as much as the newest generation. We can use Facebook without gigantic purple glittery posts of a half naked angels exclaiming ; "SEXXXY HEART KISSES TO MY BFF!!!!".
We can use facebook simply as a communication tool without making somone elses page look like the inside of a teeny boppers locker.


Luke   June 9th, 2009 1:42 pm ET

I quit using MySpace the day I received 13 bogus account freind request. It jsut felt like I shouldn't be using the service anymore. It jsut feels skanky. MySpace is a little too tolerant of the net's dark side for it to be a wildly acceptable social medium. MySpace is also slow to respond- often times during peak usage the site is near unresponsive.

I have never had a fake freind request on Facebook. I don't have to automatically add Tom on Facebook. I don't have to load other people's crappy and annoying HTML designs on their pages. I don't have to sift through 10-20 wanna-be cool startup band freind requests everyday with Facebook. I am sorry "Death Lizard Baby" or "Temple Of Rage" your not cool and your music sucks.

With Facebook everything is clean and straighforward. I don't have to go to someone else's page to see what they are up to, their updates come to me in my Wall. Facebook also seems to be more widely used on the news sites I visit, making it easier to "share" a news story of interest.

Facebook is what social networking should be- sharing, connecting and exchanging information. MySpace, on the other hand, seems to be more about adolesent images and acting out by listening to the newest rage rock on your music player. Sorry kids, but I have a have a real job now.

If MySpace really wanted to change I would suggest not automatically adding Tom to peoples lists, limiting the amount of HTML coding on a site to increase site response time and make it easier to interact with the groups on MySpace. But the most important thing for MySpace to regain credibility will be for them to aggresively clamp down on pr0n, spam and fake accounts.

Facebook isn't perfect- they need a "dislike" button as well as their "like" button and a little more personalization would be nice, but in the end it's about information getting out, and Facebook wins hands down.


sboy   June 9th, 2009 2:18 pm ET

I for one think Myspace is way better than Facebook for the sake of music socialization, and am saddened by the fact that after the years of developing my band's myspace account for the sake of self promotion, it will have been all for nothing when myspace goes away. I personally think Facebook and Twitter are useless and just show how narcissistic the human race is in general. I mean seriously, who the heck cares what Joe average is doing at any given point of any average day. NOBODY. People are only out for themselves. Anyway, check out myspace.com/harbourgrace to see the greatest unsigned band in the world!!!!


ThomasW   June 9th, 2009 2:26 pm ET

Not only is MySpace uncool ... it's completely lame. I am a professional graphic designer and web developer and I hate MySpace. So many solid rules of design being broken constantly by MySpace. It has ruined the whole concept of online publishing.


Fox   June 9th, 2009 6:51 pm ET

I would agree with the "too many bells and whistles" argument. My problem was more with the ads that took up the whole page and ad videos that played automatically. They really slowed down my browser. Also I always recieved way too many spam friend requests and too many "check out my pics" messages. I dont get any of those things with facebook.


Jane   June 9th, 2009 8:22 pm ET

I think one of the biggest downfalls of Myspace came when the site was bombarded with spammers and phishing schemes. Whenever I would log onto my Myspace, I would have 15 different messages or friend requests from porn sites. The whole site became very sleazy. Facebook came in a filled the niche. It is easier to navigate and is much more secure and private.


mr.britt   June 10th, 2009 4:00 am ET

I love farm Town...


Brian   June 10th, 2009 4:23 pm ET

myspace has died for me. Too many kids and far too many ridiculous pages. The pages load slowly and are full of useless crap that I really don't care about. I have moved on to facebook because I can filter out the crap I don't want to see and there aren't any useless page style customizations. Trojans from Myspace = 4. Trojans from facebook = 0


Debra A. O'Dair   June 12th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

It figures that the site is no longer cool. I just joined it.


Eric   June 15th, 2009 8:44 am ET

Myspace was good, for what it is/was, but as pointed out in a few posts above, the page customization and videos etc KILLS the experience for me. I often laughed when I would attempt to open a friends page and it took close to 2 minutes for the page to open because they have more "flare" on their page then a 10 year employee at TGI-Fridays!
Facebook, while originally for school kids, has indeed grown leaps and bounds above what Myspace could ever be for a more adult demographic. I would have to say that even for bands Myspace is dead. I know everyone keeps saying its a great place to promote your band, but speaking as someone who's used Myspace for that purpose I can say with all due diligence, it really never did a thing. I can name 4-5 other music related sites off the top of my head that are MUCH better ways to promote your band (jango.com, for instance).
As a social site, I got 75% more Spam friend invites then anything else, so I basically stopped even visiting my personal page months ago & I'm just about ready to permanently delete both my personal & band page for greener pastures.
Facebook DOES offer pages to promote your band, but it's really even less effective than Myspace was. That can change as the site continues to grow, and I love some of the features (like the video updates you can do to the fan base) they have already built in, and they continue to keep things interesting and it's so easy to find people you know/knew and to reconnect.


Jim, Swansea IL   June 17th, 2009 10:58 am ET

MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, et al...

You can keep them all... I don't need to stay in Constant Communication with Every Single Person I Know.

People really need to learn to unplug once in awhile.


mr.britt   June 19th, 2009 8:24 am ET

agreed


Wendell   December 9th, 2009 10:10 am ET

I agree – Myspace is not only "uncool" but it is also considered unsafe and dangerous. It is no longer socially acceptable and professionally people don't even admit to having a myspace page. This partly has to do with some of the obscene and suggestive graphics, but also Myspace received a lot of bad publicity in relation to child molesters, stalkers, and the infamous "Myspace suicide" case. Parents had teenagers close their accounts and then parents closed their accounts.

Facebook does a much better job of controlling things like that and has privacy features that are more individualized and adaptable. Nude photos and inappropriate public comments are not allowed on Facebook. Myspace should have controlled these things a little better.

I actually received a memo at work regarding the inappropriateness of owning a myspace account that "advised" me and co-workers to delete it! As public employees, we were told that it raises concerns of having a "questionable" lifestyle!


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