Ok. I must rant. Let off some steam if you will.
I have been a member of MySpace since before it was deemed the "coolest" website online and got all corporate on us. 2003 was the year I first signed on with encouragement from a friend of mine who used the service. At this time, there were not many people on it, but it was a great way to see how the social networking idea worked. Next to Friendster (which sucks now by the way), it was the one of the first sites of it's kind to pull me in.
It became popular rather quickly, pulling in several musicians and more interesting people. I began to learn HTML so that my page could be better than the next person's. I was meeting people from everywhere. I used it for networking and found out about the latest happenings within Manhattan. It was a great tool! I loved it!
Now we fast forward to today - January 16, 2007. What is MySpace? An overcrowded, oversaturated SPAM market. I have honestly thought of deleting even, Every single day...I am bombarded with Bands trying to promote themselves. At first it was cute, but when you have had THOUSANDS try to convince you that they are not like the rest and that you should take a couple minutes out of your day to listen to them....you begin to develop a newly found hatred for "up and coming" bands.
Next we have new social networking websites trying to get your attention. Like I want to be a part of yet ANOTHER site?
I've seen it all....films, books, EVERYTHING on Myspace trying to add me as a friend, or convince me to check them/the product out. It seems I cannot sign on without spam, spam and MORE spam being thrown into my face.
Years ago - no Myspace user had to deal with this...they used it for the simple things. They would not have to sign on and look at their bulletins only to see that some trashy ad company had taken hold of people's accounts and spammed via their bulletin boards.
MySpace is oversaturated and so is every other site that becomes big.
Facebook used to be for college students only. You were required to have a verified college email address in order to register. They opened it up to the public so that they could make more money. Now what do we have? Fake profiles and spamming profiles alike. When will it stop?
Social networking has turned into social spamming if you will. One can only wonder how they can turn such a monstrosity around and gear it back towards its initial purpose.
Another potentially good thing - gone sour.
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