MySpace is a sinking ship

When MySpace got big around 2005, a lot of bands decided to center their web presence around their MySpace profiles, and abandoned their own websites. It seemed like the best and easiest way to present your band. All the other bands you liked were there, the labels were there, the zines were there, and most importantly, your audience was there. Three years, and about a billion friend requests later the audience had enough and decided to leave.
Here’s what’s been happening for the past two years:

MySpace vs Facebook vs Twitter

MySpace have been desperately trying to mimic Facebook lately, but their efforts have been futile: the exodus didn’t stop, as some recent news indicate. So, is it “Goodbye, and thanks for all the adds!” then? Not really. MySpace will surely be around for a couple of more years, but bands shouldn’t waste too much energy on it any more.

Actually, we don’t suggest shifting the focus to Facebook either. Social networks come and go. Get your own blog engine based website together (we use WordPress), and update your MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, last.fm, or whatever social network status with your blog feed instead. You will keep full control of your own contents and you won’t depend on Rupert Murdoch or Mark Zuckerberg. DIY is always the best option, even if it takes more effort.

4 thoughts on “MySpace is a sinking ship

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  2. Wow.. I didn’t realize that even Twitter had surpassed Myspace in terms of users. I knew that Facebook had overtaken Myspace also, but didn’t realize how quickly they managed to do it, and by such a large margin at that. Perhaps with their new clean layout they can at least convince some users to stay aboard, but I doubt they are going to be winning anyone back from Facebook unless they start innovating again. Thanks for the enlightening infographic. Take care.

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  3. Hi there,

    Great points! May I also suggest that you and your readers check out Flavors.me. A number of bands have found that it’s a good solution to “the MySpace problem” and use it to bring together their music, blog, show schedules, photos and more from around the web.

    Here are a few examples:

    http://flavors.me/casxio
    http://flavors.me/maxledaron
    http://flavors.me/rednoonhk
    http://flavors.me/inofaith

    You can read more about our SoundCloud integration here: http://blog.soundcloud.com/?s=flavors

    If you have any questions or feedback, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly: heather@flavors.me.

    All best,
    Heather Rasley
    Marketing & Support
    Flavors.me | HiiDef

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