Remember MySpace? Me neither.
But apparently someone does, as Myspace (no longer MySpace, so you know) just overhauled its site, viewable now for new sign-ups and set for broad release in November. Myspace claims to have changed directions, focusing more on becoming an entertainment hub than a washed-up Facebook imitator, but their PR platitudes have fallen on deaf ears. Myspace still sucks. Here are 10 reasons why.
1. Myspace is a Sad Middleman
Posting photos and videos on your profile page is part of the joy of social networking, but Myspace recently added functionality allowing users to push photos, status updates, links and videos out to a Facebook profile or page, and also Twitter. This is basically Myspace undermining its own relevance, admitting that its social features are worthless and that its competitors are superior -- which is wicked sad.
2. Myspace is Hemorrhaging Money and Traffic
As Twitter and Facebook become more and more popular, Myspace visits dropped a whopping 49 percent. Last month Facebook lured 148.4 million U.S. users, compared with 57.5 million for Myspace, according to the Los Angeles Times .
Also, the company lost an estimated $575 million last year, according to Bloomberg. Myspace's financial outlook is similarly grim. Myspace is expected to earn $297 million in ad revenues worldwide next year, down 14 percent from $347 million in 2010, eMarketer reports. Meanwhile, Facebook's ad revenue is expected to soar to $1.7 billion from $665 million.
3. Sudden Management Shifts Suggest Desperation
Myspace's ugly history of sudden management changes reeks of impending doom:
- Cofounder and chief executive Chris DeWolfe left in April 2009.
- DeWolfe was replaced with Owen Van Natta, who quit 10 months later after reported clashes with Jonathan Miller, who was placed in charge of digital media businesses for News Corp.
- Miller then appointed Mike Jones and Jason Hirschhorn to be co-presidents of Myspace. Hirschhorn left five months later, leaving Jones as the current CEO.
Sometimes people leave their posts for better jobs; other times it's a last-minute exodus from a Big Fail.
4. Already Tried Revamping Several Times
Myspace is focusing on entertainment ... but hasn't it already tried this before? Yes. Myspace Music was supposed to be the site's lifeline, but didn't have the anticipated impact. Another failure was remakingmyspace.com, an attempt to overhaul absolutely everything about the site, from its user interface to its philosophy. But Kate Geminder, the senior vice president of User Experience, bailed on the experiment and the company.
5. Myspace is a Den of Ill-Repute
Myspace didn't adopt the nickname "MeatSpace" for nothing -- for years, the site has been nearly synonymous with sex crimes, including pedophilia and rape. Last year Myspace evicted some 90,000 sex offenders from its site. The fact that it had to do this -- and that the number was so ridiculously large -- signifies the site isn't exactly family-friendly, or safe.