The week of July 12, 2006, MySpace became the most
visited website in the United States, overtaking Yahoo and
MySpace had 61+ million registered users and was
growing at a pace of about 220,000 per day (Kurkell).
It was 50.2% male, 49.8% female, the second largest
destination on the entire Web and earned about $750,000
per day in ad revenue.
Today, with about 130 million users, Myspace has lost the
social networking race to Facebook, which counts nearly
half a billion members.
One year ago (2009), Myspace had 76 million visitors in
the month of October, according to Comscore, a company
that tracks online traffic.
In October 2010, that number was down nearly 20 million,
and the amount of time people spent on the site had
dropped by more than half.
So What happened?
MySpace has failed to keep up with the innovation.
Sites like Bandcamp, Topspin, Sonicbids and Reverb
Nation now exist and have, in most cases, improved upon
MySpace's once catch-all utility for bands, the site may not
even be able to rely upon the musicians who once gave
Myspace its best publicity.
Though it is still seen largely as a social network, Facebook
had companies building apps to make it a better site for
Too Little TOO Late?.
November 16, 2010 interview with Laura Sydell of NPR
MySpace CEO Mike Jones announced a category he terms
'social entertainment,' to basically give everyone a very
personalized entertainment experience around celebrities,
TV, music, and movies that they love.
Does it stand a chance?
If you want to connect around film and television, there's
two billion sites to go do it on and so they (MySpace) have
to offer something really compelling that makes people
want to do it there rather than elsewhere. Nancy Baym, a
communications professor, University of Kansas
For MySpace the music sounds more like a funeral dirge.
Twitter is an innovative
technology that uses
convey a thought or idea.
businesses to customers
in real-time (“Twitter”).”
It’s a handy dandy social
media network that
makes stalking your
friends, neighbors, and
favorite celebrities easy!
Twitter has been known
to convey quick bursts of
news quite efficiently.
Used in last year’s MTV
Video Music Awards to
talk about what
celebrities were doing or
Builds loyalty to a
Allows for consumer to
Facebook media like fan
pages allow for groups like a
PTA or a student club to keep
all the members updated on
events even if they miss the
Facebook is also in the
process of releasing a new
email platform that will
integrate email, chat, and
SMS for a more “informal and
Facebook in Academics
Many politician, and
government groups, like
Congress have Facebook
pages to update supporters
Drawbacks being that
government figures can’t
possibly respond to all the
Potential use as a warning
system for disaster
Many school districts want
to use Facebook to update
There are several proposed
additions to Facebook to
make it more educator
Most of these proposals are
rejected by students who
want to maintain privacy
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