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The MySpace Experiment : RadioPotato

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Sunday, June 25th, 2017

The MySpace Experiment

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MySpace is dead. With social media giants Facebook and Twitter’s easy formats to connect with others, it has left the pioneer MySpace site a cumbersome virtual ghost town.  Nobody logs in.  It’s still used to check out musician’s pages, but most likely due to lack of an easier music comprehensive site.  Just like John Mayer’s current reputation being laughable, MySpace is the laughingstock of a former groundbreaking site that forever changed the world of communication.

My MySpace profile went up in February, 2K6.  When I was rockin’ the flip phone sans any kind of ability to get e-mail or web, I was instantly obsessed with MySpace.  In fact, I used to pass Atlanta’s Lenox Mall and make a quick stop to the Apple store just to log in and check my page.  I’d be lying if I said I only did this once.  Psycho.  I even delivered a provocative Toastmasters speech on MySpace where half the audience went home and put up their own page.

As human beings, we are desperate to connect and assimilate with others.  For me, I wouldn’t nearly be as socially active as I am today if it weren’t for having infinite Facebook event invitations for every damn thing going on in the city.  Our brain is programmed to believe that if nobody knows where you are, did it really happen or did it even matter?  I see my FB friends posting love notes and declarations to their deceased child or just posting about silly trivial things that they experience.  We want a witness.  We want to be relevant.  We want to be valid. And most of all, we want to be loved and accepted for who we are.

I propose an experiment.  A walk down memory lane, if you will.  I logged on to my old MySpace page where the last time I was ever really active on it was 2K8 just to see what kind of dumb stuff I was posting and what was important.  Here’s the freeze frame of my life back then:

  • I was definitely single, REALLY single – enter the quote: “Hi. I’m the girl of your dreams. Someone said you were looking for me.”
  • I was definitely heartbroken – hence the incessant party pictures with tons of different dudes (Is public jealous really a good tactic? Ummmm, huh?)
  • I am definitely the same person (check out this survey I took in 2K6)
  • I was far more contemplative about life in general (this old blog about being irreplaceable is without a doubt, the purpose to my life)
  • I think the music playlist on my page STILL kick ass and smokes anything on terrestrial radio
  • My friends in my pictures are still some of my besties today
  • I am a lucky, lucky girl

I just made my formerly private MySpace page public.  http://www.myspace.com/allisoninlove (I was trying to use The Secret in my profile name for wishful thinking. duh).  I want to know what YOUR old MySpace page says about you.  Where were you in your life?  What has changed?

MySpace has desperately been trying to regain it’s once grand stature in the social networking community and who knows if it ever will.  I wonder what our friend, President and founder Tom is doing now?  Do you think Tom Anderson has a Facebook page?

For more frequent music musings, join RadioPotato on Facebook and follow on Twitter. If you really want to, you can still friend me on MySpace, just for kicks.  Even better, click on the RSS feed and get these updates delivered right to your e-mail.  I can’t wait to read your comments below-

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Allison Hare wrote 138 articles on this blog.

A modern-day dame with a bionic ear for discovering emerging artists and a penchant for live shows. Admitted radio junkie

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9 Responses to “The MySpace Experiment”
  1. Jamie says:

    I was just this morning thinking the same thing about myspace after logging in for the first time in AGES… sadly, the old photos of an event I was looking for vanished when another friend deleted her account.

    Myspace used to be one of the largest hosts of photos on the internet- now, I wonder if there’s a secret graveyard of all those ‘deleted’ pictures on a myspace server somewhere.

  2. Shiek Yerbouti says:

    I remember those days of myspace. If I had a smartphone myself, I would’ve been equally as obsessed. I don’t have the luxury of living near an Apple store so I wasn’t that bad, but I would’ve been.

    Now with the advent of facebook, and now that I do have a smartphone, I look at it pretty often. Mainly because I’m bored at work and need some distraction.

    In the beginning when bands would send a request I would take a listen to their music. I found a few gems among the coals that were out there, or, by just browsing random folks’ profiles, I’d find some good music among their profiles. What killed myspace for me, other than the mass movement of folks to facebook, is how bad the customization of profiles made it so that it took so freaking long for a profile to load.

    BTW- new reader, like the blog, look foward to reading more of your stuff.

  3. Allison Rizk says:

    Wow! I really appreciate you leaving a comment – especially as a new reader. Thanks for your input! Do you have a Twitter name? I’d love to give you a shout out.

  4. Shiek Yerbouti says:

    My twitter name is TheBottomLine

    Before I forget, I’m definitely going to stay on as a reader after finding you have some Greg Laswell in your MixPod thingy. Love it!!! I saw him at this place called Eddie’s Attic last year, got hooked and bought the CD after that show.

  5. ashlee says:

    hahaha – you are so funny and this stuff is so true.

    my myspace was actually deleted by ’06… my bff Cameron used to tease all of our group of friends about how pointless myspace was… like we were so stupid because we’d leave “the fun party we’re at’ to go leave a comment about “how fun that party we were just at” was.

    she was basically making the point that maybe it would be funner to “stay at the fun party, and have fun instead you dorks”. good point.

    it eventually sunk in and we all deleted our accounts out of shame haha.

    also, the negative energy that was everywhere on that site was pretty bad… judgment, jealousy, hate, pervos, muscle dudes in thongs, suicidal scenesters… that stuff just seemed magnified when myspace was huge. twitter’s attention span is too short for all the drama, which is prolly why i like it better.

    but we still check band myspace pages for sure. there still is nothing quite as easy for music as myspace – except we would totally ditch it all together for PureVolume if bands would put more music on it. 😀

    we’d rather check out radiopotato.com than myspace hehehe 😀

  6. Allison Rizk says:

    Hey Ashlee! Thanks for your comment. Do you think that FB also has the same stalker negativity, too? I never really thought that about MySpace or FB except for when the occasional freak show would leave random psycho messages. 🙂 Have a great weekend and big love to all you girls!

  7. ashlee says:

    yeah i dunno about facebook so much because none of us have accounts. other than twitter, we all kinda of “social network detoxed” after all the myspace craze.

    but we love you! we may not FB stalk, but we stalk your site fer sure haha :D.

  8. SteveWalker says:

    Hilarious that you would make a “quick stop” at the Apple store to check your myspace. Reminds me of the stops I used to make at random gas stations to answer pages at payphones. Ah the olden days…

  9. Allison Rizk says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Beepers. We all thought we were SOOOOO cool, didn’t we? Zeros.

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