The Myspace Effect

I’m not sure about you, but Myspace was my first swim in the social media pool. The year was 2004, I was a sophomore in high school at the time. I remember all my classmates and football teammates talking about this new website that they all keep in touch on at home called Myspace. Just like a lot of people, I tried not to suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out) about this new cool site. I would stay at my grandparent’s house after football practice until my folks would come and pick me up after they got off work. I would always be so bored in my grandparents house from watching Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Home Improvements re-runs. I remember the day they got a computer with all new dial up internet. I would always wait a long time for the internet connection to go through with that annoying screeching beeping sounds. My grandpa would get so mad at me because I would be tying up the phone line while using the internet trying to explore this Myspace everyone was talking about. Once I got connected, I was hooked to Myspace. I loved being able to search my friend’s names and seeing their custom-built pages. At that moment I created a profile. The following months I spent every spare moment attempting to pimp out my page for Myspace. From deciding to be who should be in my “Top 8” to deciding what photos, backgrounds and music to have on my page. I was sold. I spent so many countless hours on the site. The website was originally designed for bands and music artists to share music with fans. I’m a huge music fan so this was a huge plus to me. I was constantly changing up what song would play on my profile. I remember downloading tons of free music off the site from different band’s pages, which looking back I’m sure was illegal. What was great about the site was that made users like me learn how to code, to uploading photos and videos to other effects. At the time I had no idea that was coding and I probably should’ve payed more attention, but looking back I learned about the social media space with Myspace. Before Myspace, the only online communication tool I used was AIM, which I probably only talked to a handful of people. Myspace set the bar for all the other social media sites that would follow them. It helped people keep in touch and it made the world just a little smaller. I remember in 2005, that Myspace got so popular that FOX (News Corp.) bought Myspace and a few years later they partnered with Photo Bucket. Anyone who knew Myspace, Photo Bucket was your best friend when it came to storing and getting photos to customize your personal page. I remember a changing of the guard from Myspace to Facebook around 2008. I graduated high school in 2007 and I was a freshman in college in 07–08 and I would try to befriend my new college classmates on Myspace, but I noticed that Myspace users weren’t cool anymore. My college friends now were on this thing called Facebook. When I first checked out Facebook, I thought the site was boring and plain looking. I didn’t like that there was no customization on Facebook like Myspace offered. However, I knew I needed to adapt to this Facebook if I wanted to keep in touch with friends long distance on the internet. Just like many people, I had to gather up all my photos from Myspace and transferred them over to my new Facebook account. Ever since Fall of 2007, I’ve been a Facebook user since. Just like Tila Tequila (a model/rapper made famous on Myspace) I also changed my alliance to the new Mark Zuckerburg site. I sadly stopped using my Myspace account in college, I felt like I was on a sinking ship with Myspace. It was slowly going down, there was nothing to do to stop it’s demise but remember the good times and step off to social media safety with the new shiny Facebook. I guess the simple-ness of Facebook and it’s user friendly interface, made it your mom’s favorite social media site. Hence why it grew so quickly in popularity. Thanks for the good times, Myspace.

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