March 13, 2006


I am completely puzzled by the whole MySpace thing. As far as I can tell, the only people with pages are teenagers (mostly horny ones) and porn sites/prostitutes.

Am I missing something?

If you have something to say, why would you not just get a blog? You can get a free one and it is a much more attractive presentation. I have yet to see a mySpace page that wasn't crap.

Really - what is the deal?

Posted by Vox at March 13, 2006 09:42 PM | TrackBack | peeves

Wouldn't know. My office now blocks MySpace for exactly those reasons. :/

Posted by: Michael at March 14, 2006 10:47 AM

One of the reasons I have a myspace account is to help keep track of the bands that I have on my friends list, especially the unsigned bands.

Posted by: Mike at March 14, 2006 01:10 PM

Bear with me here and walk me through that. How does it help you keep track of you favorite bands?

Is it because they are only online via mySpace? Or is there some functionality that I am missing?

Posted by: Vox at March 14, 2006 03:31 PM

I think that a lot of people use it like they use online personals, only you don't have to pay.

Posted by: Special Agent Johnny Utah at March 15, 2006 12:12 PM

No problem Vox, I'll explain how myspace helps me keep track of bands. Some of the bands on my friends list don't have their own website yet and are using myspace to help them with show promotion. Usually when one of these bands has a show, they will send out an event invitation with the relevant information.

Also, it helps me because some of the bands that are now on my friends list have sent me a friend invitation based on me being on the friends list for other bands and when I get one of those, I will go to their myspace page where they have their mp3s loaded up and I can take a listen to what they have. If I like what I hear, I add them to my friends list. If you're familiar with it, it's like how bands got exposure years ago through tape trading.

Another part of it is the bulletins you get when you log into your account from people on your friends list. The bulletins are like being on a mailing list, so to speak.

Overall, I consider it an additional tool in keeping up with what's going on in metal music.

I don't use the blog part of my account for the reasons you have mentioned. Trying to customize the appearance is a total pain, especially when you look at the source code and find out it's a boatload of nested tables and css mixed in for kicks. That's why I kept the standard look on mine. I'd hate to imagine the number of errors that an HTML validator would spew out...

Posted by: Mike at March 15, 2006 02:02 PM

Vox, I have asked myself the same exact questions. It is a teeny bopper blogger wanna be device if you ask me.

Posted by: Lori at March 15, 2006 09:33 PM

Good point Lori, I've been waiting for myspace to make infrastructure improvements since they and their parent company (IntermixMedia) were bought by the Fox Interactive division of News Corp last July. Myspace is known for losing bulletins that people send out, and to have profile pages suddenly needing "special maintenance" for no reason whatsoever. I'm not saying that blogger hasn't had it's share of problems too, since sites I check out that are hosted there have recently gone offline for no apparent reason...

Posted by: Mike at March 15, 2006 11:41 PM