Sunday, June 16, 2019

MySpace is Pretty Much Dead; Why Isn't Facebook?

According to its Wikipedia page (sorry, that's a terrible way to start a post, but I don't really have a good quote for this), MySpace was the largest social networking site from 2005 to 2009. It's still around, but hardly anybody talks about it. MySpace is for hasbeens, Facebook is for... whatever the opposite of "hasbeens" is, I guess.

Except they're both about 15 years old (give or take a few months). MySpace was founded in August of 2003, Facebook in February of 2004.

There isn't much in the way of controversy in the way of MySpace's history, its wiki page reads more like a drab history than Facebook's, which sports a "Criticisms and controversies" section that includes mentions of "addiction" and "excessive retention of user information" and "intellectual property infringement".

The biggest difference I can see between the two is that MySpace didn't build much in the way of webhooks for external applications, while Facebook did.

And yet, many of the controversies around Facebook involve malicious use of external parties, from web-games profiting off ignorant elderly account holders to the trawling of user data.

Most of us said goodbye to MySpace a decade ago. It's past time we do the same to Facebook.

If you felt lost without it, here's your psuedo-relevant quote:

The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.
 - Thomas Edison

Is that better?