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MySpace Continues Its Slow Bataan Death March: Their Focus Now Is On Video Games

Posted: 03/11/2010 4:44 pm

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The L.A. Times wrote a story entitled: MySpace looks to the past for its future.

Really?

The story goes on to say, "The social networking site plans to return to its roots by pushing entertainment content and jettisoning portal-like features." In recent months, MySpace has been juggling such new features as horoscopes, weather reports and other ridiculous attempts at reshuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic and trying to keep up with social media giant, Facebook. The Chronicle reported that MySpace is turning to video games in order to dig themselves out of the bottom the social media deep, dark well--looking up at Facebook's 400 million users worldwide.

Here's two views on the matter:

"Just as MySpace made a real commitment to music, to have the best musicians and have the best content, we're now making the same type of commitment with games," said MySpace's Mike Jones.

"I haven't seen very many companies that go from being the talk of the Internet to the dog of the Internet and back again," said Debra Aho Williamson, senior analyst for Internet research firm eMarketer. "That's not to say they can't, but there's a lot of work to be done."

As I reported at True/Slant, let's face it, MySpace is DEAD. I logged on to the site a few months back and it felt like a time capsule of 2007; none of my friends had touched their account since then. It was like a massive hurricane stormed through MySpace causing everyone to evacuate and leave all their belongs exactly where they were when the disaster hit.

The once prominent MySpace has gradually become Johnny Drama to Facebook's Vinny Chase. What other sad attempts will MySpace take to regain users? I'd guess MySpace Porn is not too far down the line. Besides, MySpace always made grown adults feel like a 14-year old girl whenever they logged in, with their ridiculous apps and Favorite Friends. Basically MySpace is an online version of a 14-year old girl's junior high school locker.

MySpace R.I.P. The sad desperate tap dance just isn't working. Get in line behind Tribe.

Is anyone out there still using MySpace? If so, then please tell us bloody hell why!

 

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