I had a relationship with Myspace, some time ago. We broke up…it wasn’t me, it was them….or their choice. Let me explain. For my newer readers, you may not know that I used to work for Myspace. I was a contractor that ran a page for them..my real title was a Curator. Pretty nifty, right? Yep. I loved the job, I loved the people I worked with.
The job itself was a little crazy. Myspace used to be the place where everyone shared info and was the “IT” site….much like Facebook is now. It then became a mess. Pages got cluttered, music blared as you visited different friends and it just got…bad. They realized that when people started leaving for other sites like Facebook and Twitter. They brought on some new people and everyone tried to turn it around. Pages were cleaned up, curators were hired to create content that would be relevant. This would keep people wanting to come back, right?
Well, it did get people coming back, but not the type of people you want to traffic your site. Well, I wouldn’t want them visiting my site. I would get messages from girls threatening me because they thought I was hitting on their boyfriends. Uummm, I have over 750,000 people on my page, I don’t even know who you’re talking about! I would then be hit on, sent inappropriate pictures and I was proposed to by a guy in China. My page was frequented daily, hourly even, but it wasn’t the same as say, Facebook is. None of my friends were there and most of my fans were from other countries.
Myspace was tanking, so they sold the company to Specific Media and, yep Justin Timberlake. This was a surprise to us all and we soon found out our friends up at the top were being replaced, so we knew we were on our way out as well. We were given our walking papers and promised everything would be fine with our pay. Well, our next paycheck was REALLY late and the following check was a fight to get. I went public with the matter after not receiving phone calls back and really just given the run around. A few of my co-workers urged me not to do that and said I would “burn bridges” with them if I ever wanted to go back. Why would I want to go back?
I know the Internet seems like a HUGE place, but in the startup world, everyone is pretty closely knit. Could I be shooting myself in the foot? Maybe, probably. Will I stand up for myself? At all odds.
I have since moved on from the freelance circuit, obviously. I have my own site and am happy where I am. I won’t look back.
Myspace has gotten a facelift and reminds me a lot of Pinterest. Good job Mr. Timberlake, bite off what’s hot at the moment. When I was asked if I’d create a new page with Myspace. Nope. Not going there again.
Do I think they’ll succeed with their “come back”?
Nope. Unless they get rid of all of the riff raff that is already there, I don’t believe making it “prettier” will change a thing. What’s the saying, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig? Something like that anyway. You get the idea. You can make it pretty, but it’s still full of a bunch of junk that I want no part of.
What do you think? Will you sign back up for Myspace?