Posted by: Kelly Hendricks
We all remember the MySpace days – full of LOLZ, O.M.G and tYpInG LiKe tHis.
Once Facebook emerged, people left MySpace. According to this video by Techmate, back when it was popular in 2005, MySpace was bought for $580 million. The site lost its members and is now down to about 66 million users as Facebook is at 500 million. Should MySpace shut down? Or should it try to reinvent itself and compete with Facebook?
According to the video, MySpace is going to try to make a comeback for the last time. This is possibly its last chance as Facebook is no longer its only competition. Twitter has become popular lately and the “tweets” that are similar to the status updates on Facebook are what people are interested in. MySpace’s new idea was to redesign and become an entertainment site for music, TV shows and videos. But I think its best option is to create a new kind of “status update” application. On Facebook and Twitter, the main component is letting people know what you are doing at the moment. People “creep” on others to see what they did over the weekend, but MySpace has nothing like this. If it was able to create a new dimension to the status updates/ tweets, I think that would give it the upper hand.
All three social networking sites have a way to “comment” other people and post pictures/ videos. MySpace needs to find a way or an idea to do something different than these other sites. There is nothing that separates it from the others, and now would be a good time to take a risk because as was stated in the video, MySpace admitted to being “powned” by Facebook.
Perhaps a way to incorporate blogging into MySpace might be a new angle. People like sharing what they are doing and what their plans are, so maybe MySpace could try to converge with a site like wordpress.com. Maybe they could try to do something with fitness and working out or online shopping. At this point, MySpace could try anything instead of “sucking wind” like the video stated. It wouldn’t hurt to try something unique because if it doesn’t make improvements soon, the wind could quite possibly blow MySpace over forever.
For those who are still on MySpace, why do you still have an account? And for those who don’t have one, what ideas do you have to improve the site so it can get more users?