About 3 years ago, it was all about Friendster. Most of my friends were on it, and I even found some old friends there. It was cool. Friendster seemingly couldn’t handle the bandwidth, so people start seeking out other social networking sites. I signed up for a few of them to see which one would take off. MySpace won the battle and at first I really didn’t understand why. The site is hideous, it’s broken half the time, and as soon as I signed up a billion strangers tried adding me. That never happened on Friendster!
And on Friendster they showed you how you were “connected” to people through various degrees, which was really cool. Take Matt and I. After we met and added each other on Friendster, we saw that we were connected through three different people, through three totally different social groups.
But, I soon became addicted to MySpace. I reconnected with old friends from New Jersey who I lost touch with. I keep in touch with a lot of my non-local friends that way, too. Posting pictures, leaving silly messages, reading surveys and quizzes. I’ve even helped to get the word out about Matt’s bands using the site.
MySpace can be a fabulous tool for both band promotion and for finding old classmates and friends — which is why I am a member. But beyond that, it’s aesthetically displeasing, broken half the time, filled with ugly advertisments, an adolescent stomping ground, people use bad CSS codes to design their page, and some treat it as a popularity contest. Now, other sites are popping up claiming to be the “next myspace”…especially TagWorld. I would love to see an alternative to MySpace, frankly.
I signed up for TagWorld and it’s a much nicer site than MySpace but I don’t think people will leave MySpace the way they did Friendster. Friendster was only super popular for less than a year. MySpace has been popular for over two years now, and it’s continuing to grow there. It has more members than Friendster ever did. I think it will be much more difficult for a site to take clientele away from MySpace at this rate.Filed under internet |