Is the party over for MySpace? Is the exodus beginning? Has Facebook killed it off? Maybe.
MySpace hasn’t been ‘cool’ for a while now. Not that long ago, though, it was the place to be to make friends and keep in touch with them.
I started a MySpace account when I was doing my podcast. As a way to find and keep in touch with musicians, it was without equal. Show dates, band info, it was all there at your fingertips.
There were other places for musicians, but with it’s popularity and ability to showcase songs in a way that made them easy to play, but hard to download, unless you wanted them to be, it was a dream come true.
Every band, no matter how big or small, had a MySpace page.
But gradually, bands have been trying other things. Twitter. Facebook. Sonicbids. Reverbnation. Pretty soon MySpace was just one in the list of obligatory links every band shared.
Today, I logged into my account on MySpace and checked my mail. Out of 22 messages, all from bands, eight of them said “This profile no longer exists.”
Some of these were bands I knew well and get regular emails from. One I know I am friends with on Facebook, is working on a new album in the studio and is promoting their music aggressively. Has MySpace become that irrelevant, that this band has given up one it?
I know I don’t check it often, but these were the latest messages on MS I had. It looks like either an exodus from MySpace has begun, or MySpace picked now to clean house and kill off a lot of accounts.
If that’s the way it’s going to be, they might as well close shop and let Facebook win.