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MySpace Users Want the Old Look BackTim King Salem-News.com
Story includes link to petition.
(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 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.
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