Myspace.com is old news. It’s not the social media hot-spot it was when it paved the golden path for the less-than glittery blue and white Facebook. After getting an email from Myspace.com begging me to come check it out again, I stumbled through the busy streets of cyberspace to find the wide open and quite quiet halls of the once popular social media site, Myspace. I couldn’t quite figure out what it was. Was it a music site or some kind of media site?
I searched Google for some input, and found that Justin Timberlake , along with Specific Media Group, entered the social media landscape by buying Myspace, and Timberlake decided to make it a music streaming site in 2013. At the bottom of Myspace, I found a little arrow that prompted me to click the word “more,” where I slid down a cool landslide of popular as well as unknown musical joys. I just couldn’t get the songs to play. There was a link to a “Blind Piano Prodigy” named Justin Kauflin who apparently plays some killer jazz on the keys. Under his picture on the screen were a list of songs with “play” buttons, but nothing happened when I clicked them. I checked my speakers, my volume, but nothing happened. I fiddled around on the site and eventually found I could get other songs to play. Thank goodness. I eventually went back and listened to Kauflin play, and it was pretty sweet.
But I continued to discover the site and found that it could be highly addictive. Myspace.com is moving in the direction of being the Youtube.com of music. There are feature articles about famous as well as undiscovered musicians. Clicking on the word “music” under the heading that says “Discover” leads the surfer to a page with several genres of music to search through. One can even click on a radio icon to listen to various genre channels to discover new music. I think it is possible Myspace.com might be getting a new wind. I checked it out after being prompted to by the Myspace marketing campaign, but even my mom has been checking it out again. So, if my mom is checking it out, then it’s obviously about to become the next best thing since sliced cheese or Facebook.com (unless Spotify elbowed Myspace out of the music space with the same cheeky grin that Facebook had in the social media space of 2008).
In short, Myspace.com is no longer primarily a social interaction site. It’s a personal music space. Actually, it’s an artsy site. It’s a creative space to post writings, videos, music, art, and photos while browsing musical muses. One can still share on Myspace.com, but it’s just as interesting as a platform to discover creatively, but it is really difficult to navigate. I had difficulty figuring out what “connect” meant, how to find articles, and how to upload stuff. Now that I think of it, between my mom and my daughter, only one of them is generally at the forefront of things that start trending. It’s not my mom, and my daughter has no interest in Myspace.com. That said, I personally think if the navigation were more intuitive, Myspace.com might stand a fighting chance at being quite a popular social media site again.