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  • Jul 22, 2009
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In the early millenium, a website called Myspace was established and furthered the craze of social networking further than we'd ever seen before.  Social networking wasn't a foreign thing before myspace.  Websites like Live Journal and whatnot had been around long before then.  Aspects of social networking have been around for a long time.  Online forums are a perfect example of people getting to know one another on the internet.  Myspace just took social networking to a new level.

On myspace, everyone is able to create a profile and put just about anything they want on it.  They can put things such as their favorite movies, books and music.  As well as "People I'd Like to Meet" etc.  You can also put up different kinds of wallpapers and decorate your profile as you see fit.  There is also the ability to blog on anything you want.  On the surface it's pretty basic.  But it gets a lot deeper than all of this.  People are able to customize their pages in a lot of interesting ways.  From unusual backgrounds that glitter, to putting music players on their page to play music.  There are also several applications to put on your page.  This is an aspect that Myspace apparently got from Facebook (although it should be noted that Facebook was a lot like Myspace when they first began too, the two sites have been ripping off one another for a while). 

That's not to say everything is golden about these aspects.  In the first place, things can get a little cluttered on anyone's particular profile page or homepage (which is NOT their profile).  There's a "Newsfeed" just like on Facebook that lets you know what exactly people ar doing.  When people have uploaded photos or posted new blogs they'll be all over that.  You can set who you want on these updates, but it can still clutter things up.  But nothing gets cluttered quite like ones profile can.  In some cases, people have so much on their profile page that just getting down to the comments can be a chore.  Even worse, however, is that there's a distinct possibility that one's computer can freeze when viewing a page that has too much stuff on it.  And people can post things such as numerous photos, animated GIFs, videos etc.  All this takes up space on a page and can essentially make things much harder for others.  It would suck to put so much time on a page only to discover that no one can view it because there's so much on there that plays at one time it freezes their computer or internet browser.  Those who add tons of applications will notice that their page is incredibly cluttered when they view it.  Can Myspace be nice?  Well, sure it can.  But that doesn't mean that people don't get carried away... and that may be one of the biggest problems of Myspace.

As with a lot of social networks, Myspace can be a bit of a pain too.  The groups can be fun, but a lot of the time some people get carried away.  There are two things that will always cause cyber-social unrest (okay, I made that term up, but it basically means: "Will cause people to become divided and fight online").  Religion and politics.  And just like every websites which discusses these topics, you're walking into a snake pit.  Yet what really causes some groups to be a problem is that there's really no way to track whether or not someone else has posted or replied to your comments.  You get email notifications whenever you get a new message, new comment, new photo comment etc., but you don't when a new group comment comes about.  That's a little unusual.  Most groups aren't actually so bad.  And as far as discussing things online goes, Myspace is a bit more tame than most places. 

On the other hand, it would be unrealistic of me to say that no one lies about who they are on Myspace or any social networking website.  People do lie (though it probably isn't as often as the news would like you to believe) and people do post photos that aren't of them.  It does happen and it continues to happen.  I can't deny that. 

Over the years the addiction some have to Myspace and Facebook can be a little over the top.  Myspace itself is actually not exactly as incredible as it used to be.  There was this feeling of it being "New" and "Fresh" but over the years this feeling has definitely dwindled.  Where as many have moved on to Facebook or something like that, others tend to use Myspace as more of an email service or something.  So, yes, that feeling does subside when people have checked it out enough.  It seems the younger you are the more astonishing Myspace seems to be.  I joined in 2005 and now not much ever happens.  I have very little excuse to go there. 

It is, however, a good tool for keeping in contact with old friends, or actually getting in contact with them.  It can be refreshing to check up on how old time friends happen to be doing on.  The downside to this, however, is that you're not guaranteed to hit it off again or fall back into swing like you did before.  But you'll probably add him as a friend anyway.  In terms of staying connected with people, Myspace is actually a brilliant tool.  Especially when you know people.  And being able to create your own private groups can help as a sort of backup plan when you want to plan group get togethers and whatnot.  It is quite amusing in its own right.

Is Myspace incredibe, though?  Well, yes and no.  This sort of "expressive" nature that it puts forth is pretty cool and something we can all enjoy in ways no one could possibly imagine, but there's still a dark side to it all.  From profiles with the only intention of shocking someone, to people who believe that every little aspect of their life story is so sadistically important.  One thing is for certain, hiding behind a computer screen and talking to people will never replace real life human contact (no matter how much people will try to tell you it will).  Myspace included.  It's a useful thing, but like many websites, tools etc., how people use it is entirely up to them.  And sometimes people on Myspace can be a little crazy.  Some people enjoy this idea of being connected to say... millions of people (Myspace celebrities) but perhaps the biggest downsize to Myspace is that people are usually never like what you see in their profile.  It's an expressive outlet, but how many people do you meet who actually act like what they provide on the surface in their profile?  Probably not many.  It's perhaps one of the classic jokes of myspace. 

The website in and of itself really isn't so bad.  The joy of myspace, as with several social networking websites, does at some point fade when you start getting on and there's nothing really big happening.  At the very least, it can keep you connected with others who you may not have seen in a while, but aside from that, Myspace and Facebook aren't exactly taking over the world in quite the way you would think.

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July 22, 2009
Thanks for the review. Don't believe I have ever been on this site. Guess it is just a process of trial and error for everyone to find the places on the web they find most useful and enjoy the most.
 
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Quick Tip by . December 17, 2010
When I first joined MySpace a little over two years ago, it was my favorite social networking site. But the changes that they have implemented since then have now made it my least favorite of the sites I regularly use. My problem is that the site isn't as user friendly, it's limited the level of creativity in blogs and photos, it's become far too commercial with all of the ads (especially the ones that appear on the profile pages), and it seems to be having more and more technical glitches.
Quick Tip by . October 19, 2010
pages are too busy, too much music and visuals on pages for me to enjoy or read.
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
myspace is old school.
review by . January 18, 2010
Still the best internet portal for independent music.  Get updates from the bands, djs and producers you want to listen to and drop the ones you don't like.
Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
myspace went down the trash once they sold out, they can't come near what facebook has
Quick Tip by . May 11, 2010
this place still exists
Quick Tip by . February 28, 2010
I don't have a garage band, so I'm not sure what I would use it for...
review by . December 14, 2008
I'll be brutally honest here - I originally joined MySpace to be able to watch out for my sons. They were young teens at the time, and I was concerned about the kind of people that they were hanging out with - so I joined MySpace and sort of "watched" out for anything strange that I needed to look out for. Some people don't agree that you should watch your kids like this, but I think that every caring parent should keep an eye on their kids activities, ESPECIALLY as teenagers.  Although …
review by . December 22, 2008
It was yesterday afternoon when I decided to create a Facebook accountant because all my friends nagging about me never having one started to get ..a bit old.  I know, what does this have to do with Myspace? Well, I've been active on myspace for a few years now. And sadly, it has become a part of me. It's great for contacting friends I never see, knowing updates on friends lives, etc. Even though Myspace started getting crazy with all the apps, new homepage layouts, and such .. there is still …
review by . December 15, 2008
I first signed up for Myspace a few years ago when social networking was just on the rise and was a new and fun thing to do online.  A friend of mine said she was on there and told me to sign up...and so began my social networking addiction!  It's a really great concept!  I was able to locate several of my friends from Arizona whom I'd lost touch with over the years.  I hadn't talked to one friend in over 5 years and found her through the high school I attended.  …
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Myspace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music and videos for teenagers and adults internationally. Its headquarters are in Beverly Hills, California, USA, where it shares an office building with its immediate owner, Fox Interactive Media; which is owned by News Corporation, which has its headquarters in New York City. In June 2006, MySpace was the most popular social networking site in the United States. According to comScore, MySpace was overtaken internationally by main competitor Facebook in April 2008, based on monthly unique visitors. The company employs 300 staff and does not disclose revenues or profits separately from News Corporation. The 100 millionth account was created on August 6, 2006 in the Netherlands and the site counted approximately 106 million accounts on September 8, 2006. MySpace.com attracts 230,000 new users per day.
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