Why I Left MySpace

MySpace has become the Goodwill / Walmart of social media sites. My leaving this late in the game may surprise many of you (assuming I would have left long ago) but I have hung out for some not-so-internet-savvy friends, but have finally made the decision official; I’m deleting my MySpace profile and not looking back.

Most already know the garbage dump that is MySpace but for my personal reasons this is why I’m leaving there for good:

  • Friend requests… fake accounts… hot stock-photo girls adding me to spam their site or pics… Poker groups… ugh leave me alone.
  • Site Errors when trying to use the site are out of control. They’ve fixed a lot of them but still with the errors. Even though the messages say “This error has been forwarded to MySpace’s technical group” I can’t deal with it. If they could they’d have to rebuild the site from the ground up – it’s a wreck.
  • It’s become too band/music oriented, for me at least. Sites like last.fm work better for me discovering music.
  • Every “new feature” they implement is already on Facebook, or other social sites – they don’t innovate, they copy and not well mind you.
  • It’s run by a bunch of suits who couldn’t explain the meaning of “social media” if it was on a cue card.
  • The blogging feature is a joke. No RSS feeds? Nuff said. If you don’t know what an RSS feed is yet… you fail – watch “RSS in Plain English
  • Photos.. IF the uploader even works it’s not a good photo management system. They recently added the URL for the photo and the embed code but again… way late and there’s no tagging, searching, grouping with other people’s images, multiple sizes, etc… Flickr.com is the way to go and works so much better and can work with any other site.
  • MySpace mobile… fail – is it that hard to make a semi-feature packed mobile version of your site? that works…? I mean I can log into my frickin bank and do mobile banking but I can’t read or see a comment or messages… ugh
  • The bulletin lists… Do I really care about the last person you kissed or thought about? Really? It’s the reincarnation of the dreaded “Fw: Fw: Fw: Fw: Fw: Fw: Fw: Fw: Best Joke Ever” email chains… just stop already!
  • Advertisements… granted I block ads with AdBlock Plus for Firefox but how much frickin adspace does one site need? Christ!, they sell out all the usable interface.
  • If you actually use your myspace page for your business – you fail – it just proves you don’t know what the hell you’re doing and there’s a 98% chance you’re not hitting your target demographic by doing it – you just heard it was the right thing to do by somebody who also didn’t know what the hell they were doing. (unless you’re a band / DJ, or stripper / escort, or a car model / go-go dancer – notice the groupings lol)
  • Even some of my most non-internet savvy friends who don’t even have a MySpace profile have recently created Facebook profiles and have found me on there all on their own, and more are coming online every day. Facebook is finally digging in deeper and hitting those scattered and lost souls and helping to connect them with the rest of the world.
  • And finally, the scene is tired and dead. MySpace used to be the hot startup and place to be (years ago), until all the problems became clearly evident to everybody and the spammers and phishers abused the system. By the time MySpace did anything about it, the damage was done. The people in the know have moved on.

Thing is, I set it up so I’m private, dumped all the people I didn’t want, blocked bands and most friend requests, and it has become silent for a while now. So silent that I very rarely even log in anymore. The only real reason I’ve kept my profile for so long is that there’s some people that just haven’t gotten with the times and are hanging on to MySpace. It’s time though that I move on and if they’d like to use real social media and friend me on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter or any of them they can, but I’m not hanging around anymore for them.

See my about page for where else to find me.


5 Responses to “Why I Left MySpace”

  1. On 9th Oct 2008 at 17:47, Paul Martinez said:

    Amen Brother, I have been contemplating leaving myself for several months. I logged in the other day to learn that I had not logged in for 7 months! There has been little value to maintaining my profile there due to the fact that most of the people on there have my email address… and my phone number. I am as tired as most with the frequency of spam that I receive from there and the issues with the site. I can’t remember the last time that I visited that I did not receive the message, “Oops! An error has occurred…” I did some cool video mash ups, that once sent traffic but, You Tube has been better to me in that capacity.

    I feel that the only value that My Space still has is their partnership with Amazon.com. Music that could not otherwise be downloaded is now available at Amazon. I think that I will take advantage of that with my Amazon profile, where they market to me with ads that interest me. Thanks for the post and the technological intervention. -phxwebguy

  2. On 27th Nov 2008 at 16:00, Jimmy said:

    Facebook yes was original with all their app ideas (which is useless and totally annoying) but it’s too bland. There is nothing exciting about it. Customization has not even ran past the developers mind. Myspace is very customizable if you are smart. If you are a newb that doesn’t know html or CSS or course it will fail in your book. ;]

  3. On 6th Dec 2008 at 11:15, Ben said:

    I hate the site, and I’d leave, but I have friends and family that use myspace and nothing else. So ping.fm posts there for me, and I check my messages occasionally.

  4. On 15th Dec 2009 at 11:01, alan beebe said:

    You just convinced me to delete my MySpace. I made the switch to Facebook months ago and i never looked back. Only reason for keeping my MySpace was i had friends on it, but now that i think about it… they are all on Facebook. See ya MySpace.

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