Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Myspace: A sleeping Giant

Myspace!?! Go ahead and say it, how could something that died, something that crashed and burned and was replaced by Facebook possibly re-take its throne? How could this site possibly do that?  Everyone has used this site and probably remember it from its heyday as this hideous site that became outdated. Sites like Twitter, Instagram and many others have replaced this platform. Myspace is not a sleeping giant, its "sleep for good" is what most would say and if you’re trying to make a blog or anything else stand on this site, you would be committing social media suicide. It’s easy to assume that and I would agree, hell if someone would’ve came at me a year ago talking about MySpace, I would probably agree; but don’t sleep on the site, someone spent $30 million dollars to revamp the site, trust me, nobody spends $30 million dollars on something to let it go. 

Come, take a trip with me let me show you the new MySpace and what it has to offer. The new myspace stuck with its root: It’s geared towards musicians. The site has integrated itself with Facebook and Twitter. This means that people don’t have to generally create a new account, they can log in with their existing Facebook or Twitter accounts. The layout of the new MySpace has a sleek look. The dark tones of the page, gives it this updated sort of lounge look; if MySpace were to be a ground business, it would be the smokey bar with live bands playing. It would be the dive bar, the underground night club you hear your friends talking about but you don’t go to because it’s not a popular place; that’s what MySpace is. MySpace is the kid who was popular in middle school, became the laughing stock in high school and now in college, has came out of his or her cocoon and is popular amongst a new crowd in college and probably plans to stay that way; we all know how that story goes. When you go on MySpace, it’s a tad cold at first because it’s not popular, it’s not crowded, you’re not being bombarded with advertisements and for the most part, your news feed is not flooded with gossip from your friends and family. It’s actually kind of refreshing for a change. Unlike Facebook, you can connect with tons of people who have been hiding on the site, resisting and riding out the wave of the mighty Facebook. The rules are not so strict and the environment of the page is relaxed. Of course, you have your music you can play breaking the silence that you often feel when on Facebook. It’s funny because I read an article about how people have become depressed on Facebook because of reading people’s post, seeing smiling faces; you never experienced that on MS.

                                                                  The old MySpace

                                                             The new MySpace page

In my opinion, when you were on MS people still posted pictures of having fun; the difference: Music was there to influence your mood. If you were sad, you could play your happy song and BAM! Life didn’t seem so bad. On FB, I think people get so wrapped up in post, they often forget what people might be actually feeling; I don’t know but I know that music has that power to changes moods which is something FB kind of lacks. Well anyways, this post is not a comparison post, this is a post about the sleeping giant and why it’s a sleeping giant. I’ve been wrong about these things before, so I may be wrong but I think in about three maybe four years, MS will be the hub of social media again. 

My reasons: There’s a whole generation of people who have no clue what MS is. Sure, they know of it, but they’ve never been on it. Eventually, the curiosity will kill the cat. Everyone follows the youth because everyone is fascinated with being young and in the know; let’s face it,  when the youth say’s, “This is getting old” people have a  tendency to leave it alone; hence why everyone left MySpace in the first place. The youth who kicked off this trend of leaving MySpace, we’re not so you young anymore; actually, most of us are getting close to thirty or already there. This means there’s a new youth and people older than them but younger than 30 are going to be looking at MS as the new place that they’re parents are not at. So, doesn’t MS sound like a viable candidate? Of course not because there’s something about MS most people love to hate; something else that’s popular amongst the youth, liking what most people hate. Why not just take a step ahead and join the new MySpace, I mean you already know you’re going to be back on it probably posting something like, “Damn, I haven’t been on this site in years!” be different from your friends, stand out, nobody says you have to make MySpace you’re social media hub but add it to your list again; it’ll just save you the time and when it comes back, people are going to look at you as a trendsetter, the person in the know, it’ll boost your stylish points amongst your inner circle; we’ve all seen how this plays out right? =)


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