by John Moe // Posted: 07/16/10 01:06 PM
(Buried lede: MySpace still exists!) One of the main selling points to MySpace used to be that it let users design their own pages – use crazy colors, background animations, funky layouts. The problem was, web design is kind of hard and most of those custom built user pages looked awful. Even the default settings looked pretty awful, actually. Now there’s been a redesign and pages look a whole lot more like Facebook . I’ve been hearing for a while that MySpace was ready to walk away from the whole concept of personal social networking and exist more as an entertainment space with pages for bands, artists, movies and TV shows. This would seem to go against that.
by John Moe // Posted: 06/18/10 11:34 AM
It wasn’t that long ago that MySpace defined social media. You could customize your page, make friends who weren’t really your friends. Yes kids, back in ought six, we really thought we were cutting edge. But now MySpace just keeps washing away like a sand castle. Latest news is that co-president Jason Hirschhorn has quit after only 5 months on the job, this after previous CEO Owen Van Natta was fired in February. The company is expected to shed another 10-20% of it’s staff next month when retention bonuses offered by Van Natta last year are finally paid out. So those aren’t layoffs, they’re ship jumpers.
by John Moe // Posted: 05/21/10 12:11 PM