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Frank Mahony: Myspace is dead

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Frank Mahony

Frank Mahony

Myspace is dead

3/10/2009   Comment on This

Iím sure there are many people who will disagree with me, but myspace jumped the shark at least 6 months ago (maybe a year ago). I resisted joining facebook based on the stigma that it was initially a ďcollege kidsĒ networking platform and I regarded it as something for kids only. Itís not like I was on a soapbox in the middle of an intersection railing against it with a megaphone (I reserve that for describing my wifeís purse collection). Instead - just "in my head" - I categorized it as a site for young people.

After using it, I see that it has evolved into a networking, communication and sharing platform for people of all ages.

With many years as a software developer and software user under my belt, it is easy to spot when one platform is drastically better than another. The whacky themes, music players, disorganized look and horrible slowness of myspace makes it look like "something from the past" in comparison to cleaner look and feel of facebook. Recent changes on myspace feel like they are trying to catch up to facebook but public perception moves faster than programmers.

Donít get me wrong Ė facebook also needs to work on several of their weirder screens and features that are confusing or presented in an awkward way to the user. These little problems are the "barriers to entry" that prohibit the less technical user from joining and using a site like facebook regularly.

Twitter.com keeps gaining in popularity as well. Itís so much more compact in comparison to either facebook or myspace. But thereís only so much time in the day. Unless you are retired or unemployed, youíre only going to have so much time to hang out at the social networking water cooler.

For now, Iíd say facebook is leading the pack. What do you think?
 

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