I’ve wanted to write this piece for quite some time, especially with the resent reshuffle of the social world. The sellout of MySpace, and the creation of Google+ make this perfect timing, as well as other players such as LinkedIn becoming more dominant.
I always felt, MySpace had too little chance to become popular. While there was a time when it was considered a successful social network site, it was short lived when other sites such as Bebo and Facebook came around. The website was slow to adopt new features which became standard in the industry, as well was riddled with the appearance of a 90s Geocities site.
However in later years, especially recently MySpace has had many key owners and principle directions. All of which failed and didn’t respark the site as a key social networking site. However I feel that, especially the most current facelift to the site could have provided a bump to the social websites standing, if only it included the right social website standards and mixed them with a new experience. Or even an experience I fell the site has long since forgotten.
MySpace I feel was always quite prominent within the music industry. A creative industry which at the end of the day MySpace arguably could have had creative users, with the option of having quite crazy and elaborate social pages. Its name even congealed and quite important message which quite possibly could have been missed over the years as well, the site is MYspace, as in your own personal space you’re sharing to the world.
MySpace should have evolved over the years to match the social aspects, after all it is MySpace, a social pillar which shows “my” social interactions across the internet, “my” photos, videos and other uploads. The name should have even shovelled the company into a direction of enhancing that “my” aspect, allowing it to become a creative hub for users. Especially in the age of the internet, everyone can essentially create anything they want.
MySpace should have used this as their backbone of direction, instead of especially in the later years of trying to mimic what Facebook has become. They should have started to make their site a social page of their users with their creations. MySpace should have incorporated features of creative sites like Amazons Create Space, the various image and video uploading sites, as well as whatever that website is called which allows users to make song lyrics.
The point I’m trying to make is MySpace should have become a platform for users to show the world their creative side through sharing and organizing as well as been a generic social network like what Facebook has become. Also those circles from Google+ could have just been what MySpace needed to kick itself back into the game.