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MySpace Users Want the Old Look Back

Story includes link to petition.

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(SALEM, Ore.) - A new petition drive seeks to see MySpace return to its old days and re-simplify the site so that people can again have an unfiltered place stripped of the unnecessary bells and whistles.

MySpace.com took the world by storm, becoming the most popular social networking site in June 2006. In the wake of MySpace we have seen Facebook take over the social communication aspect of the Internet, while MySpace has become an ever changing for the worse, hard to navigate overloaded Website used for band promotion, weird sales pitches, and games that I personally don't participate in.

Facebook took the number one slot in the social network world in April 2008, with an approach that made it seem more adult-like, and 'safer' than MySpace. I have to say though that I haven't had a good feeling about Facebook for a long time. If you post anything to do with medical marijuana, it is likely to get yanked. The same holds true for stories or images that reflect the struggle of the people of Palestine.

It is true that MySpace, like Craigslist and other popular sites, can be used by sex trolls and criminals, so can any of these sites for that matter. But Facebook is the fascist network site in my opinion and it does not reflect a sense of freedom with controversial subjects.


Today, Beverly Hills, California-based MySpace. is owned by News Corp. Digital Media, which is a division of News Corporation. That of course, is the FOX network, i.e. Rupert Murdoch.

He may qualify as the least trustworthy, most hard right wing media mogul in the world, but he never made MySpace take on those filtering characteristics referenced above that are so problematic at Facebook, and he deserves credit for that. 'Adult' apparently translates to 'censored' in this day and age and I disagree with the concept.

Wikipedia states that Myspace still employs 1,000 people after its June 2009 layoff of off 30 percent of its workforce. Quantcast estimates that MySpace sees 43.2 million U.S. unique visitors per month.

I used MySpace for years in the creation of slide shows for Salem-News.com. With their latest redesign, I can't find any option for creating slideshows. As a result of that, I am now using the company kizoa.com/ for slideshows and I'm happy with it. I'm now using MySpace for absolutely nothing except an alternate video upload site, and I only have that need once in a while when YouTube is down.

You can see part of the petition below and beneath that is a link so you can sign it. I did it and I hope a large number of people do the same.

The original MySpace was the best there was, in my opinion. You were able to style your page to fit the way you wanted it too. You could make it look how YOU wanted it to look.

Now, MySpace is forcing everyone to convert to the new 3.0 version. BUT, there's tons of people out there who prefer the 1.0 version, or the 2.0 version. Why should we have to switch to something we don't like? Obviously, that's going to make people leave MySpace, which is exactly what's been happening.

MySpace isn't losing people because it's "old" or "not cool" anymore. It's because they keep making these ridiculous changes which they like to call "improvements" because they think it will make them more popular. It's not. It's making them lose more and more people. MySpace thinks they're getting better, but they're really getting worse, and losing their originality which was the core reason people liked them.

Ever since Tom sold MySpace, it's gone to complete shit. They keep trying to "make it better" by making it look like other social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, etc,. Just like on Facebook, you can "like" stuff now. And people who AREN'T even on your friends list can "like" your stuff. It may just be me, but I think that's not right, at all. They've become so unoriginal.

Petition site: Bring Back The Original MySpace!

The business world has a historical pattern of changing existing products that are very good, and replacing them with items that are not fully tested and evaluated. We're talking about everything from glass soda pop bottles, Taco Bell Enchirito and automotive designs, to Windows operating systems. I can't recall the number of times I wished manufacturers would just leave things alone. Let's see MySpace return to its roots.

Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer

Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.

Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Tim has several years of experience in network affiliate news TV stations, having worked as a reporter and photographer at NBC, ABC and FOX stations in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. As News Editor, Tim among other things, is responsible for publishing the original content of 65 Salem-News.com writers. He reminds viewers that emails are easily missed and urges those trying to reach him, to please send a second email if the first goes unanswered. You can send Tim an email at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com




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Anonymous June 13, 2013 12:46 pm (Pacific time)

How can i go back to my old mypace page? I have al my friends and my pictures and songs on it how do i go back to it help please,someone tell me how to do this.

I don't know if this will work necessarily, but I search for my photos I had on MySpace on Google Images and that will at least get you to your page, from there you should be able to get back in if you remember your login and password, maybe your computer even saved it, I hope so!.


andrew May 13, 2013 12:09 pm (Pacific time)

i want the old myspace back because it gives me the ability to meet new people. I enjoy making new frienda on line.


Jessie October 8, 2011 11:16 am (Pacific time)

Can you please go back to 1.0?? because we all miss it..we really don't like the new MySpace it makes your computer slow and it gives you a virus sometimes and I'm not just talking just about me I've seen other people have it too..i miss the old MySpace it wasn't slow and i loved editing my profile it gave us a way to express ourselves and when we would get bored that's what we would do..and that advertisement on our profiles is stupid! its supposed to be our profile and we don't want that on our page! why did you even have to change it ? it was fine just the way it was! and why couldn't you change MySpace back to the way it was when everybody starting saying how much they hate the new one? i mean u just pretty much lost everyone who was using this we all went to Facebook or twitter and their okay but u get bored after awhile and wen u get bored everyone would want to listen to music or edit your profile, which sucks because neither of them have it! and only MySpace has that but no one wants to go on here no more and I'm only on here to complain to you about MySpace, and I'm not the only one, everyone is too..i mean cant you see we want MySpace back already! change it please or if you really cant change it or just don't want to can you at least try to make another website like how the old MySpace used to be?(:


luis January 16, 2011 11:59 pm (Pacific time)

myspace beta is going down hill insted of up hill but now facebook is king of the hill


Anonymous December 20, 2010 1:22 pm (Pacific time)

Check out this Myspace profele called "GIVE US OLD MYSPACE BACK"! http://uk.myspace.com/556365173


courtney December 14, 2010 10:09 am (Pacific time)

i like the old myspace


tony December 13, 2010 2:09 pm (Pacific time)

the old myspace was the shyt this new one is boring and difficult to use why you think every one deleted it and went to facebook


austin December 13, 2010 12:26 pm (Pacific time)

every one hats the new myspace and everyone hats face book now people have no where to go to talk to old friends bring old my space back and you will have more users


RedHawk December 13, 2010 1:31 am (Pacific time)

Thanks Tim


rudy December 12, 2010 7:30 pm (Pacific time)

gfffffffffffffffffffffffffff


rudy December 12, 2010 7:29 pm (Pacific time)

quiero mi info


jordan duke November 26, 2010 2:34 pm (Pacific time)

I want the old old Myspace back the new Myspace is boring!!!


jordan duke November 26, 2010 2:32 pm (Pacific time)

I want old Myspace back the new myspace is boring!!!!!


andrea November 18, 2010 8:17 pm (Pacific time)

ii want the old myspace back the new myspace is boriing


jimmy November 18, 2010 9:13 am (Pacific time)

What's Myspace?

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