MySpace is the world’s sixth most popular website. A lot of people love it, and a lot of people hate it. It’s been controversial and it’s been in the news on numerous occasions. A lot of teenagers and a growning number of adults are now on MySpace.
I was never a fan of MySpace. A lot of the pages are very badly designed, it’s slow, confusing and hard to navigate. It also seems so utterly pointless in many ways; MSN Messenger and e-mail provide a much better way of communicating.
MySpace comments for example – they seem to be used for conversations. If you read somebody’s MySpace, you’ll often find one side of a conversation. Most of the time it’s about utterly random stuff and you wonder why they didn’t just use e-mail.
And as soon as you load a page, you’ll often get music coming out of your speakers at full blast. And there’s the desperate struggle to mute the speakers or find the pause button. (Luckily MySpace is slow enough that you can actually locate the music player, wait for the song to load and pause it before it begins).
It’s also so hard to navigate. The "Home" link seems to go two totally different places. And there are spelling errors across the site – notably "excercise(sp) caution when posting personally identifiable information".
It doesn’t even work a lot of the time. I get server errors and right now just got "Server is too busy".
But despite all these issues, MySpace still manages to be so utterly addictive. Why is this? Perhaps it’s the fact that you can spend ages decorating up your MySpace – adding cool images, videos and bits of CSS to try and get your friends to say "Wow".
MySpace Music is also pretty awesome. You can type in the name of almost any band and listen to 4 of their songs. If you friend a band, you’ll get a steady stream of friend requests from similar bands who’ll add you to try and get a bit of publicity. It’s a really nice way to discover new music.
The groups are also kinda cool. It’s essentially a big forum which you can start yourself and there are no moderators or imposed rules. You can keep in touch with people you met or share interests with.
What do people think of MySpace?