Myspace: Nostalgic memories of what once was

Myspace: Nostalgic memories of what once was

Summary: Myspace may be a relic of the technological Cold War. While it serves as a living memory to the early web for the Generation Y, Myspace has all but had it.

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Myspace, or my____, whatever you want to call it or however you want to write it, has been around seemingly since the dawn of the web itself.

To younger users, while Myspace may be a relic of the technological Cold War post the dotcom boom which we never really knew of nor understood, other social networks have taken the plinth space away from the music-centric site.

And with Napster, now a paid for service as opposed to an illegal one - though it sounded like a great idea at the time, with peer to peer network of file sharers keen to get hold of the new pop beats of the late 90's.

The memories are fond, but the notion that Myspace is even here on the web even still, a decade into the twenty-first century, is baffling to not only myself but to many others also. 

Truth be told, though Myspace as a name and as a brand still rings the nostaligic bells of the past in our ever technologically fluid minds, it is simply that. A brand from the past, bringing about bands of the future; if you will excuse the wordplay.

Just like MSN Hotmail back in the day, it offers a sense of nostalgia to the younger generation, now in their late teens and early to mid twenties or so. But unlike Hotmail which evolved into the new Windows Live suite of products, competing with its rivals successfully and aiming to new levels, Myspace did not.

Myspace, however, evolved into a less-than service, promoting music and movies instead of the social debacle we all want from the web nowadays. But the userbase figures do not show an evolution as such; more so a genetic defect passed on from clone to clone in a detestable display of Darwinism gone mad.

While Facebook's figures jumped by over 40 million in the same time that Myspace lost 30 million, it knew that is younger sister in the social networking world had the better advantage. It was the parents' favourite; that is, if you count each and every one of the Generation Y as such.

There is no doubt that Myspace is still a huge repository for music though, whether upcoming or otherwise. But besides that, it has thankfully bowed out of the Generation Y game by ceasing to continue with the vast social media update-like activity that propelled it to fame in the first place.

For most, it serves as a memory to the past, and an open authentication feature of the future, allowing users to sign in under their dotsyhotsy15 username created in 2000, in a different world of peace, harmony and only the threat of homegrown terrorism to worry about.

Myspace isn't dead, per se. It may be hemorrhaging users like a dying man on a hospital gurney left to bleed out. But it serves as a living will to what was 'back in the day': a time of innocence on the web, and only the occasional sex offender friending you out of curiosity of your overtly teenage profile picture.

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  • RE: Myspace: Nostalgic memories of what once was

    I did not get to see my children for 6.5 years, the reason for which are irrelevant (and no, I was not in goal!). I created a MySpace page with a message to them and a week later they contacted me. That's my memory of MySpace . . . it found my children for me.
    Wakemewhentrollsgone
    • RE: Myspace: Nostalgic memories of what once was

      @ptorning

      Dear Rupert, Chase, and Jonathan,

      Bet you never thought your mistakes, as well as your practice of lying to people, would ever become public did you?

      Would assume it is hard to dispute the facts when there are correspondences and audio recordings of all communications that support said representations as it relates to the conduct and activities by, and/or on the behalf of, News Corp, MySpace, and its representatives.

      If Chase, Jonathan, or Rupert would personally, and on behalf of News Corp and MySpace, provide authorization and permission to release all correspondences and recorded telephone conversations related to this matter. We would be willing to accommodate that request by providing to several media outlets, including Fox News, all related materials so that a ?fair and balanced? determination could be made as to how News Corp does business.

      This shall also allow outside individuals, parties, media and the pubic to determine how badly Carey and Miller, through their activities and conduct, destroyed MySpace and drove it from a success to a complete failure.

      As a result of their unwillingness to further discuss and initiate a process that would have generated the stated revenues and results as referenced due to their egos and the greed obstructing their ability to apply common sense and to utilize their brains. They have effectively destroyed MySpace and drove its value down more than any other reasons for the decline and eventual failure of MySpace.

      We shall see if Carey, Miller, or Murdoch are willing to let the public in on the truth, and provide authorization so that the referenced material may be released, as well as all related documentation in support of the representations that have been made as they relate to this matter.

      Here are the facts; Carey and Miller were provided the opportunity to change the direction of MySpace last year with a proposal that would increase net profits of MySpace to 1.5 billion dollars by the third year.

      Based on our experience with News Corp, Carey, and Miller no one should trust any of them.

      They wanted us to disclose the plan to them without any written agreement in place. When that was refused, there were no further discussions. And for the record New Corp has a documented history of being given ideas and concepts and then incorporated said ideas or concepts. They later claim that they already had been developing that idea or concept, and effectively cut out the parties providing them with any such ideas or concepts. This knowledge not only comes from other such occurrences that were learned, but also from prior experiences in dealing with News Corp. Bottom line you can not trust News Corp if there is not an agreement and detailed documentation and records maintained when doing any business with News Corp.

      I would venture to guess anyone they claim to be offering more than 10 million dollars for MySpace would be another one of their lies considering the current state and condition of MySpace.

      It is believed that the damage that Carey and Miller have done to MySpace has brought the value of MySpace down to nothing.

      Anyone willing to pay the 50 to 200 million dollars for MySpace as News Corp alleges would mean one of two things. EITHER THEY LIED TO MYSPACE ABOUT WHAT THEY WERE WILLING TO PAY,,,,

      OR MORE LIKELY IS NEWS CORP, CAREY, AND MILLER ARE LYING AGAIN IN AN EFFORT TO DRIVE THE PRICE UP.
      Lindsay LilHo
  • RE: Myspace: Nostalgic memories of what once was

    You think MySpace is dead, I wonder what happened to Bebo?

    When they updated MySpace I checked in to find a forlorn unread message from Tom in my inbox, dated 2008.
    alsobannedfromzdnet
  • Hard to say goodbye

    I never--I mean NEVER--log into MySpace anymore, but darned if I can bring myself to delete my account.
    ParrotHead_FL
  • RE: Myspace: Nostalgic memories of what once was

    And also: remember twitter?
    Ahhh late 2010 seems like such a long time ago...

    But still it remains long into the dawn of 2011, like an distant echo from the past, baffling the generations of the first and second quarter.

    Who knows what wonders future fortnights will reveal?
    MatsSvensson
  • Same thing will happen to Facebook in a year or two

    MySpace was a just a temporary fad just like Facebook.<br><br>Fads are eventually replaced by new fads. The lifespan of a fab is between 2 to 3 years max. That is why investing on Facebook would be completely stupid.
    wackoae
    • RE: Myspace: Nostalgic memories of what once was

      @wackoae u mean fad
      Jimster480
      • Thanks .... corrected.

        @Jimster480
        wackoae
    • Fads

      @wackoae So your argument is that since MySpace was a fad, Facebook is also a fad? How do you figure?
      ParrotHead_FL
      • MySpace was a fad, and so was Orkut!

        @ParrotHead_FL:

        What are the chances that Facebook won't follow the same path too?
        Zero nil zilch nada
        excited_electron
  • RE: Myspace: Nostalgic memories of what once was

    and so...
    bb_apptix
  • 2 Minutes of My Life I'll Never Get Back.

    Ah, the nostalgia piece. Must have been a slow news day on the tech front.

    Oh wait. No, it wasn't.

    MySpace was once the hot social network gathering spot on the internet. Not so much, now. It isn't dead yet, but the 15 people who still log into it don't inspire the ad revenues the site used to rake in.

    And now, for 9 paragraphs of what I sincerely hope makes me sound witty & tech-wise.
    P4g3M4k3r@...
  • RE: Myspace: Nostalgic memories of what once was

    I had and still have a MySpace page; even met a woman through it (didn't work out). It's slow demise feels kind of sad. But the fact that Rupert Murdoch paid $580 million in 2005 for a now worthless brand warms the cockles of my heart.
    ostrich67@...
  • RE: Myspace: Nostalgic memories of what once was

    friendster?
    gundam_0083
  • RE: Myspace: Nostalgic memories of what once was

    Dear Rupert, Chase, and Jonathan,

    Bet you never thought your mistakes, as well as your practice of lying to people, would ever become public did you?

    Would assume it is hard to dispute the facts when there are correspondences and audio recordings of all communications that support said representations as it relates to the conduct and activities by, and/or on the behalf of, News Corp, MySpace, and its representatives.

    If Chase, Jonathan, or Rupert would personally, and on behalf of News Corp and MySpace, provide authorization and permission to release all correspondences and recorded telephone conversations related to this matter. We would be willing to accommodate that request by providing to several media outlets, including Fox News, all related materials so that a ?fair and balanced? determination could be made as to how News Corp does business.

    This shall also allow outside individuals, parties, media and the pubic to determine how badly Carey and Miller, through their activities and conduct, destroyed MySpace and drove it from a success to a complete failure.

    As a result of their unwillingness to further discuss and initiate a process that would have generated the stated revenues and results as referenced due to their egos and the greed obstructing their ability to apply common sense and to utilize their brains. They have effectively destroyed MySpace and drove its value down more than any other reasons for the decline and eventual failure of MySpace.

    We shall see if Carey, Miller, or Murdoch are willing to let the public in on the truth, and provide authorization so that the referenced material may be released, as well as all related documentation in support of the representations that have been made as they relate to this matter.

    Here are the facts; Carey and Miller were provided the opportunity to change the direction of MySpace last year with a proposal that would increase net profits of MySpace to 1.5 billion dollars by the third year.

    Based on our experience with News Corp, Carey, and Miller no one should trust any of them.

    They wanted us to disclose the plan to them without any written agreement in place. When that was refused, there were no further discussions. And for the record New Corp has a documented history of being given ideas and concepts and then incorporated said ideas or concepts. They later claim that they already had been developing that idea or concept, and effectively cut out the parties providing them with any such ideas or concepts. This knowledge not only comes from other such occurrences that were learned, but also from prior experiences in dealing with News Corp. Bottom line you can not trust News Corp if there is not an agreement and detailed documentation and records maintained when doing any business with News Corp.

    I would venture to guess anyone they claim to be offering more than 10 million dollars for MySpace would be another one of their lies considering the current state and condition of MySpace.

    It is believed that the damage that Carey and Miller have done to MySpace has brought the value of MySpace down to nothing.

    Anyone willing to pay the 50 to 200 million dollars for MySpace as News Corp alleges would mean one of two things. EITHER THEY LIED TO MYSPACE ABOUT WHAT THEY WERE WILLING TO PAY,,,,

    OR MORE LIKELY IS NEWS CORP, CAREY, AND MILLER ARE LYING AGAIN IN AN EFFORT TO DRIVE THE PRICE UP.
    Lindsay LilHo
    • RE: Myspace: Nostalgic memories of what once was

      @Lindsay LilHo

      Yeah yeah Lindsay, you're a genius. Now would you stop posting that a third time too?
      excited_electron