When MySpace had its most recent makeover (that one that included the addition of Justin Timberlake’s involvement), it created a problem for itself. New users were able to create MySpace accounts in the new system. However, for quite some time, MySpace couldn’t figure out how to get the previously existing user accounts (that were now on the “old” MySpace) to integrate.
Today, people who had a MySpace account that was stuck in “limbo” got an unpleasant surprise. The Ask MySpace blog that talks about the change starts with a big understatement:
“You’ve probably noticed some changes to your MySpace account”.
Oh, yes, people certainly did! The “old” MySpace is gone. The “new” MySpace is now at the URL for the “old” one. People who had an old account can log into the “new” MySpace with their old login. Unfortunately, doing so will not actually give them access to what they were expecting. Plenty of things are just plain missing from the “old” accounts. What things?
Those that were posting work into the “old” MySpace blog on their accounts woke up today to find that it has disappeared. This, all by itself, was enough to make a lot of people rant all over (other forms of) social media. People want their blogs back, and they aren’t going to get them. As a writer, I can imagine how it would feel to lose all the blogs that you took the time to write, edit, and post over the years. (That’s why I blog on my own website and not primarily through any form of social media).
People caught in this shift from “old” MySpace to “new” MySpace also had their private messages, videos, comments, posts, and customized background designs deleted. MySpace even removed the game activities that these users had posted and/or interacted with.
The sudden removal of all these things from users accounts is not making people happy. Instead of encouraging these users to move over to the “new” MySpace, I believe MySpace has instead given people a good reason to stop using MySpace altogether.
OK. I don’t know if you noticed, or if you just moved from the MySpace to Facebook, but MySpace tried to do a “Friends you might know” section as well. It’s actually a great little application – you can find out which of your friends or acquaintances are on the social network. I found classmates, relatives and even someone I met like 10 years ago working on a contract job together.
So when I noticed MySpace had the application, I thought “Great! I’ll be able to find those friends I missed in no time.” WRONG!
This application is less than spectacular on MySpace. The first person I saw on the program, I thought – “Hey, I’m already friends with them”. But ya know, people do some strange things – maybe they deleted their profile and started over. OK. I click “Add as friend”.
The program loads a page – “You are already friends with this person”. I select another name. Same thing. Reload the page – no difference.
I decided to see how much real programming they did on this application. I finally found a person I could add, so I did. When I refreshed the apps’ page, that person was back up there. I ‘deleted’ the name from the list. It said – this person was removed.
Not really. I went back on the next day, that person was back in the list – AND they were my friend, now.
If MySpace puts a lackluster effort in making something like “Friends you might know” work, what type of effort are they putting in to protect your personal information? This is not the first problem that I’ve seen with MySpace, but it is the most blatent.
This thing shouldn’t be called “Friends you might know”. It should be called “Friends you already added to your profile and cannot delete them from this list no matter how hard you try. Now go answer ’25 things’ on Facebook.”
Well tonight my wife came home after visiting the neighbors, and said guess who we found on MySpace. Apparently MYSpace was a topic of discussion, and my wife was quite surprised that my 16 year old daughter who lives with my ex-wife has a “popular” MySpace account. Apparently the mom next door had discovered her own kids account just a few days before.
I knew my daughter had an account of course as I have been quietly following along for some time, and actually have had to restrain the dad instincts as much as possible. But the question you need to ask is, are you counseling your kids on the digital world, or do you find yourself falling behind in this ever changing digital age?
It is not surprising that our digital kids are hanging out in the digital world, it is important to monitor your kids and advise them the best you can. Meanwhile the dad in me would love to have a digital eraser but I guess that is what being a parent is all about.