What's so wrong about MySpace?

GimmeSlack12

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I notice that a lot of people have a problem with MySpace and just make comments that it is a bunch of garbage and useless and stuff.

Ok, I'll admit it is an ultimate time-waster, but I wouldn't be surprised that people that bad mouth it actually have a MySpace and only badmouth it cause they're not able to admit they have one (for whatever reason).
 

XNine

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GimmeSlack12 said:
I notice that a lot of people have a problem with MySpace and just make comments that it is a bunch of garbage and useless and stuff.

Ok, I'll admit it is an ultimate time-waster, but I wouldn't be surprised that people that bad mouth it actually have a MySpace and only badmouth it cause they're not able to admit they have one (for whatever reason).
Myspace is where all of the teeny bopping douchebags and jocks go to get laid. That all it is. Sure, bands and artists may use it as free publicity, but, C'mon. Why with something so elementry?
 

Project

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My beef with MySpace is from a usability and design standpoint.

Put simply, its attrocious.
 

elfin buddy

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MySpace is an atrocious abomination of blogging and personal webpages. The sites take forever to load (if they load at all), the interfaces are useless, and they automatically start playing crappy low-quality music without even asking.

I try not to think about it because I think it makes my blood pressure rise ;)
 

elfin buddy

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GimmeSlack12 said:
... but I wouldn't be surprised that people that bad mouth it actually have a MySpace and only badmouth it cause they're not able to admit they have one (for whatever reason).
And no, I do not have a MySpace site. I take your assertion as an insult to my mental stability!
 
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Lau

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I got a myspace profile because a guy from college persuaded me. I insisted it was all about pulling, but he assured me it wasn't. He was wrong, but I've found it quite good. Most of the people I know on it dabble in design and web design, and so most of the pages I've come across aren't too bad. I quite enjoyed trying to get round the myspace coding to not make it look hideous. (And for the grid to line up :mad: :p. ) I just close the pages that are annoying straight away. The friends in my profile are either genuinely my friends or people that have messaged me or I've messaged them about design, and I've chatted to a few nice folk that way. Anyone random who just does a friend request I just delete. I'm also a bit of a convert after I had to organise a meeting at college for the next day without that many email addresses and phone numbers. Message through Myspace - had the best turnout yet. :p

Having said that, music and video that play without asking on web pages drives me insane, and I hate that it does that on myspace.

Actually, that's it - isn't it? It's just like the web. Some pages are crap, a few are inoffensive, a few are well designed. Most of it is people trying to cop off or sell something, but there's a few that aren't. Pages that play music, screw with your computer or don't load you just close. You find your own way through.

Having said that, if there was a more grown up and well used MySpace, particularly for design, I'd love a bit of it.
 

yippy

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The problem with myspace is that it gives users a little to much ability to customize their pages. I would say that easily 90% of all myspace members break major web etiquette rules that makes viewing them painful.

Things that I see on most myspace entries that should NEVER be done:

-blasting music as soon as the page loads (the most common problem)
-very very busy background images
-text in a color similar to the background color so you can't read it
-text that changes size and/or color mid paragraph
-soft-core porn that is easily available to minors
 

vniow

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I have more an aversion to that site because of the massive interface ****-up that plagues its pages. And like mentioned above it gives people roo much customisability over how they want their pages to look and when you don't have much of an eye for design, the result is disasterous. Most of what I've seen in custom profiles comes from the mindset of "Oh this image rocks! I need it on my profile!!" without regards to can people actually read the text that's placed over it, will it cause a seisure, can people find the links to contact you, etc.

That said, I do have a profile up there, mostly for keeping in touch with people (which despite its faults, its good at) and for screwing with the code. It was a real pain in the ass to get it the way I wanted and it taught me a lot about code in general.

-Ani
 
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Lau

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vniow said:

That said, I do have a profile up there, mostly for keeping in touch with people (which despite its faults, its good at) and for screwing with the code. It was a real pain in the ass to get it the way I wanted and it taught me a lot about code in general.

-Ani
I've come across your page through another MR member's, and I was rather impressed by your coding genius, frankly. :)
 

cjc343

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I hate MySpace with a passion, and no, I don't have one. I considered putting a redirect in /etc/hosts to redirect all myspace pages to 127.0.0.1 but then I decided that having "myspace" saved anywhere on my hard drive would cause me emotional pain and I couldn't do it. Besides, I'm the only one who uses this computer and I have no interest in visiting MySpace.
 

calebjohnston

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How about when girls become total sluts and break up with their boyfriends because they meet to many guys on myspace? That's probably a problem. Trust me.

How about all the kids that are molested on there every day?

How about the children that are setting up to meet "friends" from there, and then get kidnapped.

Need more?
 

GimmeSlack12

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calebjohnston said:
How about when girls become total sluts and break up with their boyfriends because they meet to many guys on myspace? That's probably a problem. Trust me.

How about all the kids that are molested on there every day?

How about the children that are setting up to meet "friends" from there, and then get kidnapped.

Need more?
I really don't think that many girls breakup with their bf's cause of myspace and if they do breakup then it is neither my problem and was inevitable anyway.
And sure there are the sexual predators out there, but I don't think there have been that many cases of molestation attributed to MySpace. I'm not defending that it is right, cause it is definitely terribly wrong that these things happen. I guess I'm just saying I don't think about that sort of stuff with MySpace, call me ignorant but I just think that stuff like that probably happens more on AOL chatrooms.

I think this might have some validity to what I say.
 

miniConvert

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calebjohnston said:
How about when girls become total sluts and break up with their boyfriends because they meet to many guys on myspace? That's probably a problem. Trust me.

How about all the kids that are molested on there every day?

How about the children that are setting up to meet "friends" from there, and then get kidnapped.

Need more?
Welcome to the Internet, commonly confused by parents for Childrens BBC.

I think MySpace is doing an admirable job, there's obviously strong demand for such a site and evil or no evil it's just giving people 'what they want'. Personally I don't have a MySpace, or intend to have one, but I did used to have a FaceParty and it was fun - for a while. These services have a longevity to them though. Just like real life social hotspots they come and go with new fashions, new trends and new friends.
 

blackfox

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I tend to look at myspace like I do ebay - a pretty good idea fufilling/creating some useful needs, that has been manipulated/used by some crappy people, limiting it's appeal and usefulness.

meh.
 

IanF0729

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Project said:
My beef with MySpace is from a usability and design standpoint.

Put simply, its attrocious.
Ditto! Although I never got in on the vain web-space thing, either.

Call me old fashioned, but I prefer meeting people in person, not online.
 

Vaphoron

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Well, I believe the site itself is rather ugly and slow but it has allowed me to find people I haven't seen in years and easily keep contact with other people that I don't normally see or have contact info for.
 

efoto

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If you are in university you can check out Facebook, similar idea but requires a .edu email address to register and all profiles are private until the you approve them as a friend (one of my gripes with myspace). I think this may only be United States though, not sure about international....

I have a myspace because an old friend on here (who is no longer) had one and said it was a decent way to meet people in your area and also broadcast/advertise for your own works. This has proven true for me on about the level I would have expected....I put in little and have taken out little. I've met 3 different people in my area (real life interactions) from having first met them on myspace....1 was psychotic and 2 were pretty cool. There are a lot of teenage drama queens (and kings for that matter), a lot of wanna-be haters, etc etc....if you search wisely it can be a useful tool I suppose.

All of the above stated, the pages are horrible and auto-play music/movies really bites. It does seem a bit slower on a Mac for whatever reason, but usually the pop-ups on PC end up equalling things out :p