facebook vs. myspace? no, i think that battle’s pretty much over, especially after finding this post asking the question, “Should Myspace Die Already?” apparently, Myspace laid off a LOT of employees recently, & they’re considering shutting it down as a whole. in my opinion, i’m surprised it hasn’t happened sooner, considering how popular Facebook has gotten in the past few years alone.
i can remember getting a myspace account way back in 2003, when it was first launched. it was something i did as i’ve always tried to follow up on the latest web related trends etc. i still have my profile, but i haven’t logged in in years. barely remembered my password. my profile claims i’ve had 13,000+ views since 2003. crazy. i also remember when Facebook was only accessible to people in college. Really i can’t remember setting up Facebook. i remember i didn’t get it at first. now i’ve got nearly five hundred friends. it’s a great way to keep in touch with people i haven’t spoken to in a long time, & stay up to date on what’s going on in their lives. it seems every week i find someone i’d forgotten about.
the difference between Myspace & Facebook to me was that, with Myspace, you could customize the “look” of your page way more than you could Facebook. You can embed HTML code, changing background images & adding marquees, etc. At first, i thought Facebook seemed too clean. But now, i understand why they don’t allow you to have total customization over your profile. Because Myspace giving people the option really seems now like kind of a bad idea, considering all the glittery, flashy, neon color profiles you see now. With cheesy stolen graphics & far too many asterisks, it just looks… cheesy. Not to say it can’t be done right. but, like any web page, it takes skill that the average person can overdo easily. Luckily Facebook has made it easier to customize your profile with applications like FBML– Facebook’s version of HTML. Limited customization. it works.
then came Twitter. who knows when. this is one of the web bandwagons i didn’t jump on for a long time. but finally about a year & a half ago, i gave in. & though i didn’t use it regularly at first & (still) follow almost no one i actually know, it’s a fun little thing. Probably pointless, but hey, it’s social networking, so i guess that goes without saying. i keep twitter around to post random thoughts i don’t want everyone on Facebook reading, like my grandma & old professors etc. Not anything bad of course, but more just my random daily, strange thoughts that don’t really need to be on Facebook for everyone i’ve ever known & their dog to see. So there’s my two cents on Twitter, Facebook & MySpace for you- but seriously, it’s insane how many social networking sites there are now. & does anybody remember Friendster? (yeah, me either.)