We’ve been using myspace for 4/5 years now. Initially it was FANTASTIC for bands… Facebook hadn’t really taken off, so myspace was THE social-networking site. Yes, hard to believe that there was once actually real people using it, instead of the morass of bands and spam artists that it is now. It had some great features – for example, you could search for bands in your locality based on their influences. We used this all the time trying to find like-minded acts to play shows with, it was a great facility.
But over the last year or two, myspace seem to have systematically removed all the features we used, and has consistently kept changing layouts, features, interfaces etc with no apparent plan other than the all too obvious “help! facebook took all our users and we can’t seem to get them back so we’re just trying everything we can think off in a vain attempt to regain our market share” policy.
Let’s be honest, myspace is never going to recapture it’s lost territory now. Facebook is a global behemoth these days with tie-ins with phone companies and a user base that dwarfs anything myspace ever managed. But that doesn’t stop them trying ever more desperate and awful ideas. Virtual badges awarded to accounts for lots of networking… virtual awards for having your photos viewed a few times. What is this, kindergarten? Little pop-ups every minute or so informing me of the latest status updates of someone we neither know nor care about – all of which originate from twitter anyway. Can’t find where to edit a blog or view our stats, but hey that’s ok – we can see what’s “trending” on myspace and a whole heap of recommendations of new friends to check out. How exciting! No wait.. how fucking annoying.
The new homepage interface for artists is shite. Annoying, ill-conceived and painful on the eye. As for the new profiles… bloody hell, didn’t know you could take a backwards step that far in one go! They look awful, and are an absolute fecking nightmare to customise (we’ve attempted it three times now, and each time given up and reverted to the old one – and we’ve got two web-designers in the band!). Still, never mind, we’ll probably have another new one to get used to in a month or so.
Anyway, patience has finally worn out at Zeptepi Towers. Flogging a dead horse and all that. The only question remaining is do we leave our account active for the sake of a presence here and all the connections made over the last few years, or just desert the sinking ship and cleanse our souls by using excellently designed websites such as Soundcloud (http://soundcloud.com/probeonemusic/sets) to promote our music?
Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure the real decline started when it was taken over by the Most Evil Man In The World, Rupert Murdoch. Ah, now it makes sense!