On January 30th: The Reckoning

Myspace is for strippers that work from home.

I will never get tired of that line. It should probably go on a t-shirt. Simon over at Bloggasm has finally had enough with myspace and I’m finding it really hard to disagree with him. He’s designated January 30 as International Delete Your Myspace Account Day and I think I’m pitching in. Since having it, I’ve put up with a lot of the annoyances, I’ve tried to use a combo of CSS and images to make the profile look a little less crappy, and I’ve used Greasemonkey scripts to kill a lot of the crap the site puts you through. I never visit the site except to tell them that all those really hot chicks with different profiles and the same photo are spam ad accounts. And it’s like AOL, the more accounts you report, the more that seem to spam you!

Simon has a good checklist to tell if your account may be in need of deletion:

  1. You rarely log in to Myspace except to delete spam friend requests from nude webcam girls.
  2. You spend five minutes writing a wall post only to hit an error message when you try to post it because of all the website glitches.
  3. You’re a girl who constantly gets marriage proposals from random men in the middle east.
  4. You visit someone’s Myspace profile only to suddenly have music start blasting out of your speakers. Bonus points if it happens to you while you’re at work.
  5. You have to make redundant clicks to perform simple tasks because Myspace keeps taking you to advertisement pages where you have to click on “return to myspace profile” in order to continue what you’re doing.
  6. You visit someone’s profile only to have your eyes bleed because of terrible page layout with non-matching designs and font colors.
  7. Your experience is hindered because of intrusive banner ads that either talk to you or try to reach out and block your view of what you’re trying to look at.
  8. You read yet another news account about how some child predator using Myspace has abducted a little girl or that some hoax myspace account has caused a teenager to commit suicide.
  9. You’re frustrated with the fact that Myspace doesn’t allow you to post your contact info, meaning to contact someone you can only use Myspace’s glitchy Instant Messenger, message/email system, or wall commenting.
  10. You’re tired of seeing Tom stare out at you from millions of friends lists and just wish he would change his fucking profile picture.

What I find a little ironic is that in this mini-social networking war, Facebook is sort of declared the de facto winner as there’s already a Facebook event set up for the day. Terribly amusing to me is the number of people who are commenting/posting very clear statements of “I never had a myspace account.” which is fine if you’re spreading the word to people you know that do have them but otherwise… what’s your point? I’d also be curious to hear from folks with myspace accounts for other reasons, self-promotion, business, event planning. I’m sure it’s a great way to reach a certain type of audience, but really how effective is it?

Still, like Fredo says, I’m waiting for someone to start circulating petitions to get rid of annoying Facebook applications. There’s already a group/petition running to get rid of spamming apps, currently 53,476 members!

So who’s next? Friendster… I’m looking at you. :mrgreen:

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9 Responses

  1. Fredo says:

    So who’s next? Friendster… I’m looking at you.

    Is Friendster even still relevant ❓

  2. Ben says:

    I’m amazed that you still have a MySpace account to delete. I think I deleted mine after a couple of months, it’s just too full of twelve year olds with no literary skills or sense of aesthetics.

  3. Neal says:

    I wish I could delete mine. When I set it up I typed in the wrong email address. You would think that MySpace would require you to click an activation link sent to your email to make sure everything is how you want it…but no. Now when I try to delete it sends me an email that I have to acknowledge to complete the process which I can’t get to. I tried contacting them about it and each time they responded with a canned message telling me how to delete.

    Talk about frustrating.

    I could leave it alone I guess and just let it fester. But I have found some old friends through it and I do get an occasional email there that isn’t from a stripper. I did delete my Facebook account though, for many of the same reasons. Boy did it suck.

  4. Fredo says:

    @Neal: OMG, you reminded me about the email problem! About a couple of years ago (if that), my Yahoo! mail account was getting flooded with MySpace messages for some reason. Turns out that someone usurped my email address to set up an account for themselves. I contacted MySpace about it, naturally and it took them some time to respond.

    Just about every other social notworking site requires some sort of email verification and it shocked me that MySpace didn’t. I had never signed up for MySpace so to see my Yahoo! inbox flooded with messages for a service I never signed up for was incredibly annoying.

  5. shindo says:

    Reasons 1, 4, 6, and 10 are reasons why I consider deleting my MySpace profile. I hardly use it except as a means to direct traffic to my blog, and I don’t think it’s even an effective means to do that.

    As far as Facebook, I’ve never used. No declarations of being too cool for it. I’m just lazy.

  6. Brian says:

    Oh Bill, stop being so cheeky! Having a social networking breakdown doesn’t count as “ahead of the curve.” 😛

  7. William Mize says:

    But, but, I thought my cheekiness was part of my charm!

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